What is the Bone Knife, and what’s it used for?
If you are looking for a simple blade that isn’t a terrible idea to use in combat in Green Hell, then the Bone Knife might just be what you are looking for. Constructed from a single sharpened bone with a rope grip, this blade is about as effective as possible in the early game.
This guide will walk you through how to craft a Bone Knife and offer some tips on how it can be used.
How to craft a Bone Knife in Green Hell
Like most blades, the Bone Knife is simple to craft, requiring only two components that can be easily sourced.
First, you will need the following components:
- 1 Bone
- 1 Rope
Rope can be gathered by collecting Liana vines hanging from large trees. Bones can be collected from rotting carcasses or harvested from medium animals, large animals, or humans.
Once you’ve collected the proper components, craft the Bone Knife by:
- Opening the radial menu (by holding the
- Select crafting from the options
- Drag the bone and rope to the crafting rock from the backpack
- Press the craft button above the crafting rock
Note: The crafting menu can also be opened from the inventory sidebar or by holding the alt-select button (default
RMB) over one of the ingredients and pressing craft.
How to equip the Bone Knife
The Bone Knife can be found in the tools tab of the inventory and occupies one of the four standard tool slots (numbered 1-4) or the additional unmarked knife slot at the far right. It can be equipped at any time by pressing the number key corresponding to the slot this tool occupies.
Note that tools in the knife slot cannot be equipped but can still be used for activities like skinning animals.
Tips and tricks for using the Bone Knife
Bone Knives will degrade slightly quicker than Stone Blades but outclass them in every other aspect, especially damage.
Bone Knives are best used for harvesting herbs, skinning animals, and close combat. They can also be used to cut down trees if necessary, but they are a poor choice compared to axes.
When utilizing a Bone Knife in combat, focus on dodging to the sides of spear attacks to avoid damage and help you close the distance. Players can usually get off two to three hits before an enemy can recover from their attacks. When fighting another blade-wielder, focus on blocking rather than dodging to keep your opponent within striking distance.
Bone Knives also make excellent throwing weapons. When throwing a Bone Knife, aim for an enemy’s head, which will cause much more damage than a hit to the body. Remember that Bone Knives rely on the player’s Throwing skill rather than their Blades skill to determine damage when being thrown.
Final thoughts on the Bone Knife
An excellent mid-tier blade, Bone Knives are a solid choice whenever you need something sharp. While perhaps not as easy to craft as a stone knife, this blade is a clear step up from stone-age tools. What we really want to ask Creepy Jar is where our character keeps finding all of these perfectly-sized, marrowless bones?
Looking for some more pointers to help you survive Green Hell? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our walkthrough on How to Survive Your First Day.