Pen Knife

Pen Knife #5
High quality knife--a great survival tool. Ideal for climbers, adventurers, military personnel, and close combat in dark alleys.
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Weapon Info
Weapon Type
Damage Range
21 - 26
Accuracy Range
45 - 50

Pen Knife is a Melee Piercing weapon that can be purchased from and sold to Big Al's Gun Shop.

The Pen Knife was one of the items available at the launch of Torn on 15 November 2004, having been introduced during the Torn City Beta. [1]

The Pen Knife has a stealth rating of 8.5, and is tied with the Poison Umbrella for the stealthiest damage causing weapon in the game.


As the Poison Umbrella is quite expensive, for most players the Pen Knife is the most practical weapon to use for maximizing the possibility of stealthing an Attack. As it has the highest possible stealth rating for a damaging weapon in the game, a Pen Knife could be utilized to maximize the chance of stealthing when mugging with the Plunder bonus.

Some players use a Pen Knife or another slashing or piercing weapon with the Eviscerate bonus in the opening turns of a long fight to cause more damage over the duration of the fight. Due to the weapon's lower stats, Pen Knives with less desirable bonuses are commonly traded in at Big Al's Bunker for Bunker Bucks.


The Pen Knife is most commonly obtained as a purchase from Big Al's. It can also be found through city finds.

The Pen Knife can be found as a result of the following crimes:

Search For Cash:

  • "Search the Subway" (quantity one)


  • "Big Al's Gun Shop" (quantity one)


  • "Barbershop" (quantity one)
  • "Funeral Director" (quantity one)

1,000 Pen Knives will be restocked at Big Al's after being sold out. The amount of time before a restock occurs is half the time it took the item to sell out, rounded to the nearest 15 minutes.

Pen Knives can be bought from other players through the Item Market, Bazaars, or Trades, but as Melee weapons do not stack they must be purchased one by one, making it time consuming to buy in bulk.

A high quality Pen Knife with a Weapon Bonus can be obtained by opening a Melee Cache. A Pen Knife obtained this way can have a Damage stat up to 36 and an Accuracy stat up to 60.


Players can gain Weapon Experience on Pen Knives once the "CBT3870 Bachelor of Military Arts and Science" Education course has been completed. Pen Knives, along with all melee weapons, receive a 10% damage bonus from the "Drunken Master" 3* special at Pubs and Restaurants, and a 2% damage bonus from the completion of the "HIS2170 Medieval History" course.

The Pen Knife is affected by all universal buffs such as the 1% damage boost from completion of the "BIO2350 Evolution" course or the +3 accuracy from the "Seasoned Poacher" 10* Zoo special.

Related Awards

Pen Knife Related Awards
Image Name Requirements
138334568.png The Stabbist Achieve 100 finishing hits with piercing weapons

Historical Notes

All Pen Knives used to have the same damage and accuracy stats. Unique stats for each Pen Knife were revealed in a December 2015 update. [2]

Image History

Pen Knife Image History
Years Used Image
2006* to ~2010 [3] 5.0.png
~2010 to July 2012 [4] 5.1.png
July 2012 to 12 September 2023 [5] 5.2.png
12 September 2023 to present [6] 5.3.png

* Items did not have images prior to 2006.

The first 3D model of the Pen Knife was released on 12 September 2023.

Patch History

Released in Patch list #


  1. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Melee Weapons (With citations) (26/05/23)
  2. Chedburn, Unique weapons and armor (08/12/15)
  3. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Melee Weapons (With citations) (09/01/23)
  4. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Melee Weapons (With citations) (09/01/23)
  5. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Melee Weapons (With citations) (04/03/23)
  6. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Melee Weapons (With citations) (08/02/24)