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Great Knife
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Pyramid Head's Great Knife
Description
"Massive weapon wielded by Pyramid Head. Hard to use, but lethal."
Range
Medium
Strength
Very high
Location(s)
Labyrinth
Appearances
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Silent Hill film
Sinner's Reward
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Silent Hill: Revelation

The Great Knife is a recurring object in the Silent Hill series, appearing both as a weapon and as a non-usable item. It is one of the most powerful melee weapons in series, and is essentially an oversized chef's knife wielded by Pyramid Head.

Silent Hill 2

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James finding the Great Knife.

In Silent Hill 2, just before finding Maria in the labyrinth, it is possible to find the Great Knife in a room located in the octagon-shaped hallway.

The Great Knife is an over-sized blade similar in design to Angela Orosco's kitchen knife, despite obvious size differences. The Great Knife was wielded by Pyramid Head, but he later switches to a lightweight spear as his weapon of choice. The weapon is extremely heavy and rusty, and is often seen being dragged across the ground by its wielder, making horrific screeching noises. The sheer weight of the weapon is enough to cause terminal damage to its victims, with even Pyramid Head himself swinging this weapon fairly slowly. An overhead swing from Pyramid Head can kill James Sunderland in one hit, even on the Beginner difficulty.

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James equipped with the weapon.

One strike from the Great Knife deals a colossal amount of damage to enemies, killing most in a single hit. In fact, it is so powerful that even Pyramid Head can be momentarily stunned when hit with an overhead swing although actually accomplishing this can be tough. However, it is a slow and cumbersome weapon to use, and James cannot run while it is equipped or move beyond turning when in combat pose. Even James's walking speed slows considerably. James drags it behind him and wields it with both hands, unlike Pyramid Head, who wields it single-handedly due to his supernatural strength. James's use of the weapon is limited to lurching horizontal swings and a strong but slow overhead swing. A good tactic when using the Great Knife, if the player wishes to move fast, is to have a light weapon out and, upon reaching the desired target, quickly switch to the Great Knife. This can only be done on the PC however, as the other versions do not have a "quick switch" feature. Due to how cumbersome it is for James to carry and attack with the Great Knife, there are very few times in the game where the weapon is actually useful. One of the most notable exceptions is when fighting Eddie Dombrowski in the first room of the boss fight with him, as just one hit with the knife will immediately send him fleeing into the next, larger meat locker. Using the knife here is highly beneficial, as James can quickly evade being shot in such tight quarters, so long as the player acts quickly.

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Defeating PHs with Great Knife.

Defeating Pyramid Heads with a Great Knife.

The handle of the Great Knife is continuous with the sharpened edge of the blade; considering the weight of the weapon, such a design would make the weapon rather top-heavy, and thus the wielder would require considerable grip and upper body strength just to prevent the weapon from flipping upside down. The size of the Great Knife and the tremendous strength it requires to wield can also be a metaphor for the burden James carries for murdering his wife, or perhaps the burden of caring for her.

Silent Hill 4: The Room

In Silent Hill 4: The Room, the Great Knife is the "heavy tool" used in the Ritual of the Holy Assumption. Henry Townshend discovers it among other items upon entering a secret room in his apartment during the latter portion of the game, although he cannot retrieve it for use as a weapon.

Silent Hill: Homecoming

In Silent Hill: Homecoming, a similar weapon, the Bogeyman Knife, is used by the Bogeyman, but has a different design, similar to a military-issue combat knife, having a serrated edge on one side and a tapered point at the end. This provides a symbolic connection for the Bogeyman to the protagonist and his father. It cannot be used as a weapon by Alex Shepherd, but it retains a characteristic rusty texture and great weight. It can be heard being dragged across the ground, even in areas where the Bogeyman does not appear.

Silent Hill film

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The Great Knife in the film.

The Great Knife as depicted in the film appears to be little more than a single, solid blade with a handle shaped at one end. It is by far the simplest incarnation of the weapon to have appeared, but is arguably the most dangerous, as Pyramid Head is able to cut through a metal door as if through tinfoil, before embedding the blade in the presumably thicker metal wall behind it, killing a Creeper in the process.

Silent Hill: Revelation

Pyramid Head uses his Great Knife again in the film sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation. However, the blade isn't as thick and moreso resembles a katana, very similar to its appearance in Silent Hill: Homecoming. Although its form has changed, its wielder proves it is no less lethal. Unlike in the games and the first film, the weight of the Great Knife does not seem to affect Pyramid Head, and he is even able to swing the knife through the air with great speed while fighting the Missionary.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories

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The Great Knife held by the player.

The Great Knife appears in Silent Hill: Book of Memories, dropped after defeating Pyramid Head itself.

Sinner's Reward

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The Great Knife in the comic.

In the final issue of Sinner's Reward, Finn Conway prepares to shoot Jack Stanton, but the town will not let him interfere with Jack's potential path to redemption; Pyramid Head appears and impales Finn with the Great Knife.

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Characters
Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Mary's Doctor - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Weapons
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Locations
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Neely's Bar - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wood Side Apartments - Vachss Road - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality
Archives
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
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Characters
Major Characters
Henry Townshend - Eileen Galvin - Walter Sullivan - Cynthia Velasquez - Jasper Gein - Andrew DeSalvo - Richard Braintree - Joseph Schreiber
Other Characters
Frank Sunderland - Billy Locane - Bobby Randolph - Eric Walsh - George Rosten - Jimmy Stone - Mike - Miriam Locane - Peter Walls - Rachel - Rick Albert - Robbie the Rabbit - Sein Martin - Sharon Blake - Steve Garland - Toby Archbolt - William Gregory - James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland
Weapons
Aluminum Bat - Chainsaw - Handgun - Submachine Gun - Knife - Pipe - Bug Spray - Chain - Eileen's Bag - Golf Club - Nightstick - Pickaxe of Despair - Revolver - Rusty Axe - Riding Crop - Spade - Stun Gun - Torch - Wine Bottle
Monsters
Bottom - Conjurer - Ghost - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Patient - Sniffer Dog - The One Truth - Toadstool - Tremer - Twin Victim - Wall Man - Wheelchair
Locations
Albert's Sporting Goods - Ashfield - Bar Southfield - Garland's - Hotel South Ashfield - Room 302 - Room 302 of the Past - South Ashfield Heights - South Ashfield Station - Spiral Staircase - St. Jerome's Hospital - Toluca Lake - Water Prison - Wish House Orphanage
Terms
21 Sacraments - Death Machine - Haunting - Holy Candle - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Real World - Ritual of the Holy Assumption - Saint Medallion - Sword of Obedience - The Order - Walter's Otherworlds - Great Knife - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Characters
Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Families
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Monsters
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
Weapons
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Terms
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Characters
Major Characters
Ashley Baker - Derek Copeland - Graham Reynolds - Howard Blackwood - Jack Merrick - Katie Collins - Matthew Collins - Protagonist - Lorelai Reynolds - Shannon - Trent Baker
Other Characters
Alex Shepherd - Cybil Bennett - Emma - Harry Mason - Heather Mason - James Sunderland - Jason - Joshua Shepherd - Lisa Garland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Mira - Murphy Pendleton - Travis Grady - Walter Sullivan
Monsters
Air Screamer - Blood Baby - Blood Guardian - Blood Mama - Bogeyman - Bubble Head Nurse - Butcher - Double Head - Earth Guardian - Fire Guardian - Flesh Lip - Ghost - Grey Child - Insane Cancer - Light Guardian - Needler - Mother - Pyramid Head - Raw Shock - Tremer - Schism - Steel Guardian - Swarm - Valtiel - Water Guardian - Wood Guardian - Wood Sapling
Weapons
A. Y. Guitar - Assault Rifle - Baseball Bat - Bare Hands - Beam Saber - Bogeyman's Hammer - Chainsaw - Circular Saw - Crossbow - Crowbar - Dagger of Melchior - Earth Sword - Fire Axe - Fire Sword - Flamethrower - Great Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Grenade - Guitar - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Katana - Knife - Maul - Meat Cleaver - Laser Gun - Pickaxe - Pillow - Pipe - Princess Heart - Robbie Doll - Rock Drill - Shovel - Shotgun - Steel Sword - Stun Gun - Sword of Obedience - Submachine Gun - Television - Torch - TV Remote - Water Sword - Wine Bottle - Wood Sword - Wood Plank
Locations
Howard's Shop - Library - Forsaken Room - Armory - Otherworld
Terms
Monster - Flashlight - Accessories - Artifacts - Karma Meter - Book of Memories - Welcome Sign
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Characters
Major Characters
Rose Da Silva - Christopher Da Silva - Cybil Bennett - Dahlia Gillespie - Thomas Gucci - Anna - Christabella - Sharon Da Silva - Alessa Gillespie - Dark Alessa
Other Characters
Sister Margaret - Eleanor - Colin - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll
Monsters
Pyramid Head - Creeper - Armless Man - Colin - Nurse - Grey Child
Locations
Bowling Alley - Brahms - Brookhaven Hospital - Church - Da Silva House - Gans County - Grand Hotel - Midwich Elementary School - Nathan Drugs - Sacrificial Chamber - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Toluca County Archives - Toluca County Mining Museum - Toluca County Orphanage - Toluca Lake - Smitty's
Terms
The Brethren - Monster - Flashlight - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Siren - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Brethren Symbol
Archives
Soundtrack
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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Christopher Da Silva - Vincent Cooper - Claudia Wolf - Leonard Wolf - Dark Alessa - Douglas Cartland - Alessa Gillespie
Other Characters
Rose Da Silva - Dahlia Gillespie - Suki - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Detective Santini - Mannequin Girl
Monsters
Armless Man - Delusion - Leonard Wolf - Lobotomy - Mannequin Monster - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Nurse - Pyramid Head - Valtiel
Locations
All Hallows High School - Brookhaven Asylum - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Sanctuary - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Lakeside Amusement Park
Terms
The Brethren - Halo of the Sun - Monster - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Robbie the Rabbit - Seal of Metatron - Siren - The Order - Great Knife - Welcome Sign
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Characters
Jack Stanton - Jillian Conway - Sara Linwood - Finn Conway - Jimmy Shea - O'Conner Brothers - Michael Stanton - Digger
Monsters
Nurse - Pyramid Head - Sniffer Dog
Locations
Brookhaven Hospital - Charon's Bar-B-Q - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill - Toluca Lake
Terms
Brand of Samael - Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - Manifestation - Great Knife - Welcome Sign
Creators
Tom Waltz - Steph Stamb - IDW Publishing

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