Rogue
Asset. Hand

Item. Weapon. Melee. Illicit.

Cost: 1.
Test Icons:

Fast.

: Fight. If you succeed by 2 or more, this attack deals +1 damage.

Matthew Cowdery
Core Set #44.
Switchblade
Reviews

The basic Switchblade is, I'm afraid, the lamest weapon in the core set. It's got a couple of nice features; being fast saves an action, and it's low cost makes it feasible to play in a hurry. Sadly, though, it doesn't offer much. A strength bonus is a big part of the reason for playing a weapon - and this offers none. The damage bonus is nice - but how are you going to manage consistent successes by +2? Weak enemies with high-health are pretty rare. Honestly, you're not going to make that +2 often; and so it is a bit of a waste, unless you can find some strange combination in the future. It doesn't even offer decent skill icons.

However, it's major redeeming feature is it's upgraded version - the Switchblade - which is worth a look.

AndyB · 878
Agreed. I would've rather it been: "Fast. --> Fight. If Switchblade was played this round, +2 combat for this attack." — ArkhamArkhanist · 4
@ArkhamArkhanist: That's a great, flavorful suggestion that would have made this card something more than binder fodder. — CaiusDrewart · 2515
This asset is Fast. (A fast asset may be played by an investigator during any player window on his or her turn.) Does it mean that I can use it 6 times during round? — Dice_UA · 1
I believe it can be "played" fast, not "used" fast. The arrow for the FIGHT option is an action, and takes an action point. — Philomorph · 1

As others have noted, weapons that don't give you a strength boost, allow you to use another stat for the Fight action, or some other jankery are pretty weak. This cards low cost and Fast play action are of limited saving grace.

Unless, you have an Investigator that doesn't need the strength boost. Enter Tony Morgan. With a base 5 combat, starting Tony Morgan is well-equipped to smash things with Switchblade. Add in Opportunist and you have a cheap way to mash up some enemies.

Still not amazing, but Tony provides at least a solid place for Switchblade to be useful in a starting deck, especially if you're looking to fill out his asset slots with 1-2 additional weapons.

He’s probably the best with it, but Id still recommend Knucleduster over this for him. — Death by Chocolate · 946
Knight of swords as a first upgrade make both switchblade and opportunist amazing in tony, without it knuckledusters is probably the pick. — Zerogrim · 214
I also like it a lot in Wini pending its upgrade. With a couple skills cards piled on each test, she's usually killing 3 health enemies in two shots and probably just evading any non-hunters anyway. Spending an action upfront for the greater reliability of Knuckleduster is reasonable, though. — housh · 117