7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Steel Knuckles Parts

Learn how to obtain Steel Knuckles Parts and what they are used for

Perhaps you are the type of 7 Days to Die player who prefers to punch problems in the face rather than avoid them. Perhaps you simply put all of your points into Fortitude. Whatever the reason, if your main weapons are your fists and you want to put some real power behind your punches, you’ll need Steel Knuckles Parts to craft a weapon that can do the trick.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about scavenging Steel Knuckles Parts in 7D2D and how they can be used best.

How to get Steel Knuckles Parts in 7 Days to Die

Steel Knuckles Parts are rare, specialized components specifically used in constructing powerful, bladed fist weapons. They cannot be crafted, so there are only a few ways to get your hands on these valuable materials:

1. Scavenging

Standing next to a Shotgun Messiah Crate on a roof top in 7 Days to Die
Locating a Shotgun Messiah Crate

As with all advanced weapon parts, you can search for Steel Knuckles Parts anywhere you’d expect to find a functional firearm. Gun safes, weapon bags, hardened chests, gun racks, and weapon crates are all great locations to find these components.

2. Scrapping

Scrapping Steel Knuckles for Parts in 7 Days to Die
Breaking Down Steel Knuckles for Parts

Waste-not, want-not. If you need Steel Knuckles Parts, you can scrap old or unwanted Steel Knuckles to reclaim a portion of their parts. These weapons can rarely be found in the same locations as their parts.

3. Trading

Standing in front of Trader Hugh in his Shop
Buying Weapon Parts From Trader Hugh

Some traders will carry weapon parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than trying to search for them if you have dukes to spend. Trader Hugh in the Snow Biome of Navezgane is typically your best bet to find what you need, as he specializes in weapons and ammo.

Tips for Farming Steel Knuckles Parts

These parts are not easy to find by any means. Fortunately, you’ll probably only need a few unless you plan to outfit a small army. But if you need tips to make your search more effective, we’ve got you covered.

1. Knuckles Perks

Inspecting The Brawler Perk in 7 Days to Die
The Brawler Perk Description

With the addition of the crafting skill system in the A21 Update, players can now increase their chances of finding specialized parts for a certain weapon or tool by investing in its relevant perk. For players seeking Steel Knuckles Parts, putting points into The Brawler perk can help you find what you’re looking for when scavenging.

2. Gun Shops and Factories

Visiting a Gunsmith Shop in 7 Days to Die for Parts
Visiting a Gunsmith Shop for Parts

Navezgane is dotted with numerous gun shops of various sizes, as well as shooting ranges and the coveted Shotgun Messiah Factory in the Wasteland Biome of Navezgane. All of these locations are great places to search for weapon parts of any kind, in addition to ammo, armor, and explosives. Remember: The all-in-one brand for ranged weapons in 7D2D is “Shotgun Messiah,” so any buildings or crates with that name on them are likely to be carrying guns, weapon parts, and ammo.

3. Government Buildings and Military Bases

Scouting a Prison in 7 Days to Die for an Armory
Scouting a Prison for an Armory

Governmental buildings (such as police stations, fire stations, etc.) can be found inside and near the outskirts of cities and often conceal at least one gun safe or an entire armory in some cases. Additionally, the abandoned military bases dotting the countryside are bound to carry at least a few high-value weapon containers. Be careful, however, as these locations are often well-defended and swarming with armored and feral undead.

Using Steel Knuckles Parts in 7 Days to Die

Steel Knuckles Parts are small steel parts used for crafting bladed knuckles. As such, they are only used in the crafting of a single weapon:

Steel Knuckles

Inspecting Steel Knuckles (Quality 5) in 7 Days to Die
Inspecting Steel Knuckles (Quality 5)

Steel Knuckles are fast, dangerous, Fortitude-based weapons that excel at rapid-fire attacks. These bladed fist weapons may not deal as much damage as other weapons, but their fast attack speed and ability to quickly stack up debuffs on enemies make them one of the most useful weapons for surviving close combat with the undead.

Final thoughts on Steel Knuckles Parts

Player characters likely wouldn’t need to find special parts to craft this weapon once they’re capable of forging their own steel. But, The Fun Pimps have created an in-game balance requiring players to seek out specific parts for high-end weapons, so this is one scavenger hunt you can’t avoid if you want your own steel knuckles.

If you’re looking for some more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our in-depth 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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