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Specialist Knives
Unlock Level 19
Inventory Slot Melee
Melee Type Knife • Sharp
Damage 30 42.5 55 67.5 80
Knockdown 30 42.5 55 67.5 80
Charge Time 0s 0.5s 1s 1.5s 2s
Range 2 meters
Concealment 29
Internal name ballistic
Jimmy isn't the kind of guy that thinks less is more, which is why he dual-wields his set of Specialist knives.

The Specialist Knives is a pair of melee weapons available in PAYDAY 2, added with the release of Jimmy and his eponymous character pack.


The Specialist Knives are moderately weak damage-wise and knockdown-wise, charged or not, though they make up for this by having a fairly high swinging rate and concealment, making them decent as stealth melee weapons.

The Specialist Knives hold the same stats as the Okinawan Style Sai.


  • Players deal more damage per second with this weapon by attacking as quickly as possible, rather than fully charging attacks.
  • If a player wishes for more damage, it is recommended that they get Berserker, Pumping Iron and Bloodthirst Aced from the Brawler skill tree.
  • If a player wishes for more knockdown, use Martial Arts Aced.


  • The Specialist Knives are modeled after a pair of American-made Ballistic knives. Their ability to "shoot" the blades is not available in-game.
  • Despite the inventory preview only showing one knife, the actual weapon and store icon has the player wielding two.


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