Top Notch

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How's that feel, ya blockhead?
The Demoman

The Top Notch is a one-of-a-kind[1] cosmetic item for all classes. It is a painted cardboard box, adorned with several smaller cardboard pieces, capped by a black fedora. When worn by the Demoman, a patch covers the left eye.

The hat adopts the likeness of Markus "Notch" Persson's (pronounced "pair-son") avatar, a drawing of himself in the artistic style of Minecraft, which he created and was the lead developer on until the game's official release.[2]

Update history

November 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Top Notch was added to the game.


  • The name and description of this item reference Markus Persson's internet alias "Notch" and game project "Minecraft", respectively.
  • The idea for the Top Notch originated when Notch complained on twitter saying nobody believed he was Notch when he was playing Team Fortress. A reply to this tweet suggested Notch should tell Valve to make a special hat for him to prove it.
  • Robin Walker joked during the TF2 Mix-Up Match 4 that "[Notch] doesn't know, but it makes him take 20% extra damage" when asked about the reason for giving Notch the hat.



  1. Blog post by Notch on November 26th, 2011.
  2. Blog post by Notch on December 2nd, 2011.