Scottish Handshake

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[grunts] Who drank all my rum?
Davy Jones to the Demoman

The Scottish Handshake is a community-created melee weapon for the Demoman. It is a dark brown glass rum bottle, made by the Demoman's DeGroot family ancestors in 1680.

This weapon functions identically to the Bottle.

While the weapon works similarly to most of the other melee weapons, if a critical hit is achieved when striking a surface or player, the Scottish Handshake's lower half shatters and remains so until the player is killed (it does not mend upon touching a Resupply locker). Like the Bottle's same effect, this is purely cosmetic; the broken Scottish Handshake has the same range and deals no more or less damage than it did prior to being broken.

The Scottish Handshake was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

The backpack icon was contributed by .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Bottle
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.


Item set

Main article: Item sets
Swashbuckler's Swag
Item icon Swashbuckler's Swag.png

No effect


Main article: Crafting


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

Refined Metal Swashbuckler's Swag weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Bootlegger.pngItem icon Scottish Handshake.png =
Item icon Buccaneer's Bicorne.png Item icon A Whiff of the Old Brimstone.png

Related achievements

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

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

Update history

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • The Scottish Handshake was added to the game.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • Backpack sounds updated for the Scottish Handshake.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Removed shattered-bottle materials from the game files.

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War Update)

  • [Undocumented] Re-added broken model for the Scottish Handshake.

October 20, 2017 Patch #1 (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Fixed the Scottish Handshake not having its models break on critical hits.


  • When performing a mini-crit melee strike with the charge of the Tide Turner, the Scottish Handshake appears broken for a brief period before quickly returning to normal.


  • The term "Scottish Handshake" refers to the stereotype that a person of Scottish heritage greets people with physical assault, due to their stereotypical violent nature.
  • The year that appears on the bottle, 1680, was chosen because it was the year the notorious pirate Blackbeard was born.
  • This item was originally showcased in the Medieval Update, together with the rest of Swashbuckler's Swag set.


See also