Good quality knife with a stainless steel blade and wooden handle.
In-game description

The Hunting Knife is an bladed multi-use tool and self defense weapon in The Long Dark.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Hunting Knife can be used for harvesting guts, hides, and meat from animal carcasses, as well as materials from the environment such as Cloth and Tinder Plugs. It may also be used to open canned food without spillage, and to break ice in Fishing Huts for Ice Fishing.

The Hunting Knife and Hatchet will never spawn on Interloper difficulty.

A Hunting Knife is also required (and more efficient than the Hatchet or their improvised versions) to craft the following items at a Work Bench:

Harvesting carcasses[edit | edit source]

The Hunting Knife can be used to harvest animal carcasses at an accelerated rate. If the carcass is less than 50% frozen, the Hunting Knife is the most efficient tool for harvesting; if the carcass is more than 50% frozen, hatchets are more efficient for harvesting meat, but the Hunting Knife is more efficient for harvesting Fresh Guts and hide.

Repair[edit | edit source]

The Hunting Knife can only be repaired using a Whetstone as part of Bladed Tool Maintenance and requires no other material input. When used the Whetstone will lose 5% condition per action and restore 3% of Hunting Knife condition. Since Whetstones are a finite and non-renewable resource, eventually Improvised Knives will be needed.

Combat[edit | edit source]

The Hunting Knife can be selected weapon as a weapon during Wolf Struggles. When used in this way, the Hunting Knives has a high chance of causing Blood Loss to the Wolf, which will eventually kill it. After a Struggle it was used in the Hunting Knife will lose Condition.

Game History[edit | edit source]

  • Version 0.136 on 2 October 2014 introduced the ability to harvest using the Hunting Knife and Hatchet, among other changes.
Cooking Can openerCooking potRecycled can
Fire Starting
Starter FirestrikerMagnifying lens
Accelerant AccelerantJerry canLantern fuel
Ice Fishing Fishing tackleHookLine
Hand Tools
Standard HacksawHatchetHeavy hammerHunting knifePrybar
Improvised Improvised hatchetImprovised knife
Weapon Distress pistolHunting rifleRevolverSurvival bowStone
Ammunition Flare shellRevolver ammunitionRifle ammunitionSimple arrow
Lighting FlareFlashlightMarine flareStorm lanternTorch
Mending Quality toolsRifle cleaning kitSewing kitSimple toolsWhetstone
Sleep Bear skin bedrollBedroll
Story Jeremiah's knifeScrap metal shard
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