Big Earner

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Now I know ya lookin' at this switch and ya think ya just gettin' gipped for something dinky and broken. Well, you'd be right.
Big Earner publicity blurb

The Big Earner is a community-created melee weapon for the Spy. It is a broken Italian stiletto switchblade left permanently unsheathed. Three small bands of blood-stained tape are wrapped near the base of the blade.

Equipping this weapon reduces the max health of the user by 25, lowering the Spy's overall health to 100. However, killing an enemy with this weapon, either with a backstab or regular melee attack, will fill the Cloak meter by 30%, regardless of which cloaking device is equipped.

Taunting with the Big Earner equipped will perform the Fencing kill taunt, and will still fill the Cloak meter by 30%.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Knife
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Damage
Base damage 100% 40
Point blank 34-46
Backstab 600%
Critical 120
Mini-crit 46-62
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

The Man of Honor
Item icon Mobster Monday Bundle.png
Big Earner
Big Earner
Effect

No effect

Demonstration

Crafting

See also: Crafting

Blueprint

Reclaimed Metal Conniver's Kunai L'Etranger Big Earner
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Big Earner.png
Class Token - Spy Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Spy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Your Eternal Reward.png Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png Item icon Big Earner.png Item icon Wanga Prick.png
Item icon Sharp Dresser.png Item icon Spy-cicle.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Man of Honor weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Enforcer.pngItem icon Big Earner.png =
Item icon Cosa Nostra Cap.png Item icon Made Man.png

Strange variant


Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

War Crime Spybunal
War Crime Spybunal
Kill a Spy who just backstabbed a teammate.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Consolation Prize
Consolation Prize
Get backstabbed 50 times.
Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Kill a Spy whose backstab attempt was blocked by your Razorback.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

A Cut Above
A Cut Above
Kill a gun-wielding Spy with your knife.


Agent Provocateur
Agent Provocateur
Backstab your Steam Community friends 10 times.


Come in From the Cold
Come in From the Cold
Get a Revenge kill with a backstab.


Counter Espionage
Counter Espionage
Backstab a disguised Spy.


Die Another Way
Die Another Way
Kill a Sniper after your backstab breaks his Razorback.


Dr. Nooooo
Dr. Nooooo
Backstab a Medic that is ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.


FYI I am a Spy
FYI I am a Spy
Backstab a Medic who has healed you in the last 5 seconds.


High Value Target
High Value Target
Backstab an enemy who is dominating 3 or more of your teammates.


Identity Theft
Identity Theft
Backstab the enemy that you're currently disguised as.


Is It Safe?
Is It Safe?
Backstab 50 enemies who are capturing control points.
May I Cut In?
May I Cut In?
Backstab an enemy and the Medic healing him within 10 seconds of each other.


Sapsucker
Sapsucker
Sap an enemy building, then backstab the Engineer who built it within 5 seconds.


Slash and Burn
Slash and Burn
Backstab an enemy, who then switches to Pyro before they respawn.


Spymaster
Spymaster
Backstab 1000 enemies.


The Man from P.U.N.C.T.U.R.E.
The Man from P.U.N.C.T.U.R.E.
Stab an enemy while fencing.


The Man with the Broken Guns
The Man with the Broken Guns
Backstab an Engineer, then sap 3 of his buildings within 10 seconds.


Triplecrossed
Triplecrossed
Backstab 3 Snipers in a single life.


Wetwork
Wetwork
Stab an enemy to death while under the influence of Jarate.


You Only Shiv Thrice
You Only Shiv Thrice
Backstab 3 enemies within 10 seconds.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • The Big Earner was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Big Earner.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

March 19, 2013 Patch

  • The Big Earner can no longer accept Long-Distance Kills strange parts.

November 12, 2013 Patch

Trivia

  • The Big Earner was originally named the Sleuth's Stiletto.
  • In Mafia slang, a Big Earner is someone who earns large amounts of money for the family.

Gallery

See also