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For the Red Dead Redemption variant, see Hunting Knife.

The Hunting Knife is a weapon featured in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.


An all-purpose Bowie knife with a sharp clip-point blade, steel crossguard, and sturdy wooden handle. Designed for combat, this weapon can give the edge to any close-quarters melee fight, or be used for silent takedowns. For hunters, this is also the perfect weapon for killing and skinning animals. Remember: there are no rules in a knife fight.


This knife is available to the player at the start of the game.


Metals - Blade Cost ($)
Iron 7.00
Nickel 7.25
Blued Steel 8.00
Blackened Steel 8.50
Browned Steel 9.00
Brass 9.75
Silver 10.50
Gold 10.00
Engravings - Blade Option Cost ($)
Style None/Remove 0.30
Baroque 6.50
Skulls 8.25
Ornamental 10.50
Inlay Metals Iron 0.50
Nickel 0.75
Blued Steel 1.00
Blackened Steel 1.25
Browned Steel 1.75
Brass 2.00
Silver 2.50
Gold 3.00
Varnish - Grip Cost ($)
Birch/Mahogany 1.50
Black Walnut/Maple 2.00
Bocote/Mesquite 2.50
Dark Rosewood/Myrtle 3.00
Bubinga/Rosewood 3.50
Cocobolo/Wild Cherry 4.00
Ebony/Bright Maple 4.50
Walnut/Dark Walnut 5.00


  • It is the only melee weapon the player can customize.
  • The knife is holstered behind the main sidearm holster, on the right side of Arthur or John; the previous game's version was kept on the left, behind the satchel.
  • Despite the player being able to acquire other knives in the game, for unknown reasons the Hunting Knife is the only one that is used when splitting bullet points and skinning animals. All other knives will be automatically swapped back to the Hunting Knife if equipped whenever these actions occur.