) Scalpel
Name scalpel
Appearance scalpel
Damage vs. small 1d3
Damage vs. large 1d3
To-hit bonus +2
Weapon skill knife
Size one-handed
Cost 6 zm
Weight 5
Material metal

A scalpel is a kind of melee weapon. It uses the knife skill, but unlike an actual knife, it is not suitable for throwing—doing so will attract a -2 to-hit penalty, rather than a +2 bonus.[1] It does slightly more damage in melee as compared to a regular knife, and does not rust.

Healers start with a scalpel.[2]


If you try to force a lock, there is a large chance the scalpel will break.


The best strategy regarding the scalpel is to find something better as soon as possible, as it is a very poor weapon. It is worth keeping as backup weapon against acid blobs and the like, at least until you can rustproof your primary weapon.

References Edit

  1. dothrow.c#line833
  2. u_init.c#line59

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