Tribalman's Shiv

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Let's see how much blood's in ya!
The Sniper on bleed damage

The Tribalman's Shiv is a community-created melee weapon for the Sniper. It is a stylized kukri[1] composed of reddish wood with a curved edge in front and a serrated edge on its broad side.

The weapon deals 50% less damage than the Kukri, but causes the opponent to bleed and lose health for 6 seconds. Because of the reduced initial damage, direct contact with the opponent is not advised — the user should instead perform hit and run tactics to take down encroaching enemies like Spies that cloak when attacked.

The kill icon for the Tribalman's Shiv was contributed by NeoDement.

The Tribalman's Shiv was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 33
Critical 98
Mini-crit 44
Bleeding 8 / s
48 total
Bleeding (mini-crit) 10 / s
60 total
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Bleeding duration 6 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Dead Ringer Huntsman Tribalman's Shiv
Item icon Dead Ringer.png + Item icon Huntsman.png = Item icon Tribalman's Shiv.png
Class Token - Sniper Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Sniper.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Tribalman's Shiv.png Item icon Bushwacka.png Item icon Shahanshah.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

Tribalman's Shiv Sandman Boston Basher
Item icon Tribalman's Shiv.png + Item icon Sandman.png = Item icon Boston Basher.png

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.

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

Update history

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

May 27, 2010 Patch

  • The Tribalman's Shiv was given a kill icon.
  • Death by bleeding now shows the bleed kill icon. Previously it was whatever weapon the Sniper was holding at the time (or if holding Jarate or dead, the suicide/environmental death kill icon.)

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • The bleed duration reduced to 6 seconds. (was 8)
    • The damage penalty increased to 50%. (was 35%)

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Tribalman's Shiv's view model was updated to match the world model.

December 21, 2010 Patch

February 14, 2011 Patch

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added new community contributed response rules to the Tribalman's Shiv.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "-50% damage done" to "-50% damage penalty".

April 27, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch


  • Originally, the creator of the Shiv intended to make the viewmodel as it is now, but on a critical hit the knife would be turned so that the serrated edge would strike the enemy. This required custom animations which neither the creator nor Valve were willing to make. As a result, the animation was never implemented.[1]
  • The Tribalman's Shiv took approximately 7 and a half hours to make, from formulating the idea to submitting it.
  • The Sniper achievement Dead Reckoning can be earned by killing an enemy with bleeding after the player has died.
  • The Sniper achievement Shoot The Breeze can be earned by killing an enemy Spy with bleeding while the Spy is cloaked.



  1. a b Hackett,   "How It’s Done: Introduction, and New".   .      Retrieved   July 24, 2010.

See also