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Knives can be thrown multishot. The knife class is the only ranged weapon class that gives Healers a multishot bonus at Skilled level (Healers do not get any multishot for darts until they reach Expert).
Knives are some of the worst weapons in the game; they have lower damage output than almost every weapon. The saving grace of the knife weapon class is the crysknife, one of the more coveted weapons in the game. Other than that, the next best knife is the rare scalpel, though it is on par with the orcish dagger.
The following weapons use the knife skill:
There are no artifact knives.
In NetHack 3.4.3 and earlier versions, knives were not included in the list of weapons that could be multishot. As of NetHack 3.6.0, any stackable weapon can be thrown multishot, if you are Skilled or higher in the appropriate weapon skill.
Possibly perceiving an expression of dubiosity on their
faces, the globetrotter went on adhering to his adventures.
-- And I seen a man killed in Trieste by an Italian chap.
Knife in his back. Knife like that.
Whilst speaking he produced a dangerous looking clasp knife,
quite in keeping with his character, and held it in the
-- In a knockingshop it was count of a tryon between two
smugglers. Fellow hid behind a door, come up behind him.
Like that. Prepare to meet your God, says he. Chuck! It
went into his back up to the butt.
A Japanese stabbing knife.