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"This carbon steel 7" bladed knife is dual edged with a serrated spine to provide improved stabbing and thrusting capabilities."
GTA V description on the Rockstar Games Social Club.

The Knife is a melee weapon featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Hawk & Little in GTA V.


3D Universe

"Outdoor knife for all-purpose, heavy-duty use. Perfect for those who need a rugged knife. Includes black leather sheath. Model JS-2938."
GTA Vice City website

Throughout the games, the Knife adopted different designs based on various real-life knives, often as a mean to adapt it in the different game settings.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Grand Theft Auto IV rendition of the Knife resembles the UC-RB1 knife, complete with the characteristic serrated edges on top.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Knife looks nearly identical to the Knife in the previous game, except for slightly different serrated edges.


3D Universe

The Knife deals moderate damage, and always inflicts a blood effect on impact, but it is barely effective compared to other melee weapons, but surpassing the Screwdriver. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Knife allows stealth kills that do not attract unwanted attention.

The Knife is more than just a simple melee weapon. If CJ is aiming behind an opponent, he will execute a stealth kill, quietly slitting the victim's throat, useful when the player is trying to avoid detection and does not have a Silenced Pistol. The Knife only produces a single wanted star when used to stealth kill a police officer or kills many people in a short amount of time.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Although silent kills like in GTA San Andreas are not in the game, 5-6 strikes with the knife will kill an opponent, and it will not warrant the player a wanted level. This can easily kill an enemy on single player or multiplayer, because 4-6 quick slashes while locked on with this will either kill or critically injure anyone, considering the Body Armor does not protect against knife attacks. The Knife can also be used for a one-hit kill counter-attack, by dodging an attack with the knife equipped, and pressing the attack button.

Compared to the Baseball Bat, it can be weak against an enemy, but faster when attacking them.

Grand Theft Auto V

Just like in GTA San Andreas, players can perform stealth kills on people. However, instead of slitting their throat, they simply stab them in the neck. The knife is useful for close encounters, but lacks brute force in comparison to the Crowbar or the Nightstick. It is the one of three weapons that can be used underwater, the others being the Antique Cavalry Dagger and the Brass Knuckles, and thus can be used to fend off sharks, showing its versatility on the environment.

GTA V Overview

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size

Image Gallery

In-game model

HUD icon




Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Knife's locations map


Los Santos

San Fierro

Bone County

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV







  • Tudor - Can be found just off the northbound on-ramp to the Plumbers Skyway, near a decrepit building and some unused railroad tracks. Alternatively, a parking lot is also next to the location, with some scaffolding which the player can easily climb.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Sometimes, it can also be obtained from street criminals.
  • Can be bought from Ammu-Nation, for $100.
  • Can be obtained in the mission Fresh Meat, from a Chinese Thug that attacks Franklin with it.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Unlocked at Rank 1 in Ammu-Nation, for $400.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The stealth kill has the same animation as the Hasty knife execution from Rockstar's Manhunt.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • One can see blood drops from the knife right after attacking someone with it, though this happens very rarely.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • It is possible to knock a knife out of an opponent's hands with a baseball bat.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The description claims the blade is carbon steel, but the blade shows no rust after use in underwater. Unlike stainless steel, carbon steel will rust after use in wet environments but maintain a sharper edge longer than stainless steel.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • There is a glitch that allows the player to kill multiple pedestrians at once. If the player throws a Tear Gas canister into a crowd, the player can perform a stealth kill on anyone. Everyone affected by the gas will undergo the same animation and die at the same time. However there is a rare glitch that if the player performs this within the smoke cloud, they will also die as if someone did the stealth kill on them.
  • If the player performs the stealth kill and recruits a gang member at the same time, the gang member will undergo the death animation but will stand back up as if nothing happened.
GTA San Andreas Glitch

GTA San Andreas Glitch

The "Tear Gas" glitch in action.

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