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A little of the ol' 'chop-chop'!
The Sniper

The Kukri is the default melee weapon for the Sniper. It is a large, slightly curved blade which is loosely based on the Nepalese design of the same name.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Be Polite
Be Polite
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you doffing your hat.

Jarate Chop
Jarate Chop
Use your Kukri to kill 3 enemies doused in your Jarate.
Kook the Spook
Kook the Spook
Kill 10 Spies with your Kukri.

Update history

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)

  • Updated swing animations.

May 20, 2010 Patch (Second Community Contribution Update)

  • Updated the Kukri's model to use c_models.
  • [Undocumented] v_ and w_ model versions of the Kukri were removed from the game files.

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the Kukri's model with optimizations and LOD.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

December 21, 2016 Patch (Smissmas 2016)


  • The Festivized variant's icon will sometimes become invisible.


  • The kukri is a knife made famous by the Indian and Nepalese Gurkha warriors. It originated in Nepal and is used as a weapon, a general tool, and in religious ceremonies.
    • The Sniper's Kukri more closely resembles a bolo knife, as a traditional kukri has a more angled and curved blade.
  • Multiple kukris can be seen hanging as ornaments from the Christmas tree behind the Engineer in the Australian Christmas 2011 comic "True Meaning".


See also