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The Kitchen Knife (simply known as the Knife) is a melee weapon that appears in the Hitman series. It can be used for close-quarter combat and stealth kills. In Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman: Absolution and the World of Assassination Trilogy, it is also used as a throwing weapon.


Hitman: Codename 47

Gameplay-wise, the kitchen knife has exactly the same move-set as other short-bladed weapons, such as the Pentagon Knife, including stabbing and throat slitting. It may come in handy since it is available in most levels that have a kitchen.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

The kitchen knife functions quite similar to the knife found in Hitman: Codename 47.

Hitman: Contracts

The kitchen knife gains additional animations for stealth kills. Additionally, 47 can use kitchen knife to get rid of small animals such as dogs without wasting ammunition.

Hitman: Blood Money

The functionality of the kitchen knife mimics that of Hitman: Contracts. As Blood Money introduced the ability to throw items, the knife could be used to kill targets at a distance via the normal throwing controls. As with all other thrown objects, it can act as a distraction.

Hitman: Absolution

The knife acquires additional functionality. Stealth kills made using the knife are relatively quiet in comparison to a gunshot, however, if another NPC is close to the one being killed, they may hear a struggle and investigate. Similarly, if an NPC is killed using a knife, a blood pool will be left at the location of the action; other NPCs will become suspicious after being discovered. Additionally, because of the new melee weapon system expansion, the knife can be thrown and subsequently retrieved and used multiple times. As in Hitman: Blood Money, thrown knives can distract targets and kill them.


"A kitchen knife. Deadly in close combat or when thrown. Unsuspicious when carried by kitchen staff."
― In-game Description, HITMAN™ 2

The Kitchen Knife functions similarly to the one in Absolution. Stealth kills involve slitting the target's throat, and front attacks stab either the shoulder or sternum. As in games prior, it can also be thrown at a target's head, or thrown as a distraction.


For a full list of this weapon's locations, see Kitchen Knife/Locations.

WoA Variants


  • There has been some sort of knife-like weapon in every Hitman game.
  • If 'locked-on' to a target when throwing the knife, the knife will always kill them, even if it has to pass through walls and other obstacles. (in Hitman: Absolution & HITMAN™)