Scotsman's Skullcutter

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Hey, Private Haircut... I might o' taken a bit too much off... YOUR HEAD!
The Demoman to the beheaded Soldier

The Scotsman's Skullcutter is a community-created melee weapon for the Demoman. It is a bloodied double-bit battle-axe with a wooden shaft and spiked crossguard.

The Scotsman's Skullcutter bears similarities to the Demoman's swords, with 50% increased melee range and 75% slower deploy/holster speeds.[1] Unlike the swords, it does not have random critical hits disabled, meaning that it does not require a shield in order to deal critical hits. In addition, it deals 20% more damage than the Bottle. A single critical hit can kill any class that is not overhealed, excluding the Heavy.

While the weapon is active, it slows the Demoman down from 280 Hammer units/second (93% of normal speed) to 238 units/second (79% of normal speed). This is 8 units/second faster than a Heavy and 2 units/second slower than a Soldier, making him the second slowest class while the weapon is active.

The kill icon for the Scotsman's Skullcutter was contributed by NeoDement .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 78
Critical 234
Mini-crit 105
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Jarate Axtinguisher Scotsman's Skullcutter
Item icon Jarate.png + Item icon Axtinguisher.png = Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png
Class Token - Demoman Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Demoman.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Eyelander.png Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png Item icon Ullapool Caber.png Item icon Claidheamh Mòr.png
Item icon Pain Train.png Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png Item icon Persian Persuader.png Item icon Nessie's Nine Iron.png
Item icon Scottish Handshake.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png
Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

As a crafting ingredient

Scotsman's Skullcutter Haunted Metal Scrap Refined Metal Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker
Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png + Item icon Haunted Metal Scrap.png + Item icon Refined Metal.pngx2 = Item icon Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.png
Scotsman's Skullcutter Axtinguisher Back Scratcher
Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png + Item icon Axtinguisher.png = Item icon Back Scratcher.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Decapitate 50 enemy players.

Bloody Merry
Bloody Merry
Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your smiling face.

Left 4 Heads
Left 4 Heads
Decapitate 4 players with only 10 seconds between each kill.

Shorn Connery
Shorn Connery
Decapitate a cloaked Spy.
Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Decapitate an enemy Soldier who is brandishing the Equalizer.

The Scottish Play
The Scottish Play
Get a melee kill while sticky jumping.

There Can Be Only One
There Can Be Only One
Decapitate your nemesis.

Update history

May 20, 2010 Patch (Second Community Contribution Update)
  • The Scotsman's Skullcutter was added to the game.

May 27, 2010 Patch

  • The Scotsman's Skullcutter was given its own kill icon.

June 11, 2010 Patch

  • The Demoman's battleaxe now sounds like a sword. (Hit sound changed from Bottle to Eyelander)

October 27, 2010 Patch

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • Integrated several improvements to contributed items provided by their authors. (Visual update to textures)

December 21, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Scotsman's Skullcutter was added to the crafting blueprint for the Back Scratcher.

February 14, 2011 Patch

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

March 15, 2011 Patch

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added new community contributed response rules to this weapon.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "+20% damage done" to "+20% damage bonus".

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed missing forces for Demoman swords.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch

January 23, 2014 Patch

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

  • Movement speed penalty now only applies when weapon is active.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Increased deploy and holster time penalty.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

Unused content

  • There is an unused axe located in the backpack files that resembles the Skullcutter. Based on the similar designs and file names, it may have been a prototype for the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.



  • Default first-person view
  • Festivized first-person view
  • Other

See also


  1. Deploy function in game/shared/tf/tf_weaponbase.cpp