| Demon-Killing Knife
|Can kill most demons, humans, and hellhounds.
|Currently in Sam and Dean's possession.
| First Appearance: 3.01 The Magnificent Seven
Latest Appearance: 15.05 Proverbs 17:3
Because demons can't be killed by run-of-the-mill cutlery. At the very least, you'd need an ancient demon-killing knife of the Kurds.
This knife originally belonged to Ruby and is capable of destroying most demons if the stab wound is in an immediately fatal place, such as the neck or heart. Killing demons with the knife comes at the cost of killing their human hosts at the same time unless the vessels are already dead when they are possessed. When stabbed in less vital areas with the knife, the demon experiences intense agony but survives. Its blade is inscribed with symbols and the handle is made from either wood or bone. Of all the demons that have been stabbed with the knife, only Knights of Hell such as Abaddon and Cain and Princes of Hell like Ramiel have been shown to be immune to its killing power. Alastair was stabbed in the left shoulder both times, although both stabs were very close to his heart. However, Dean once stabbed Alastair in the gut with it while torturing him which has been shown to kill lesser demons and only caused Alastair pain. Bobby is the only known person to survive being stabbed with the knife, having stabbed himself to kill the demon possessing him at the time, but the knife left him paralyzed from the waist down. It also has no effect on angels, but it can kill hellhounds if the wounds are fatal.
The knife has has been used to kill demons, humans, and hellhounds.
The white-eyed demon Alastair was never killed by the knife's demon killing power since both times he was stabbed were on the left shoulder. However, while torturing Alastair, Dean also stabbed him in the gut with the knife which caused him pain in combination with salt water, but didn't kill him despite the fact that gut wounds have been shown to be able to kill lesser demons. However, Sam noted at one point that Lilith herself was scared of the knife, and she continually took precautions to avoid being stabbed with it whenever confronted with it.
Crowley, too, has always avoided being stabbed with the knife. While Crowley stated that the knife couldn't kill him , this may have been a bluff as he was later shown to be nervous in its presence when Dean pulled it on him after disabling him with an angel blade. Dean was later able to disable Crowley for a time by impaling the knife through his hand, but Crowley eventually escaped somehow like he'd escaped a similar injury from an angel blade. After freeing himself, Crowley apparently retained the hand wound as he kept the hand that was stabbed wrapped up in a bandage.
When Abaddon was stabbed by the blade, she survives despite experiencing intense pain, revealing that the Knights of Hell are partially immune to its demon killing abilities. Unlike Abaddon, Cain stabs himself with the blade after Dean threatens him and suffers no pain or even any sign of exsanguination.
After surviving a killing blow from the knife by Sam, it was revealed that Ramiel and all Princes of Hell are immune to the knife's power and though the knife caused Ramiel some damage, he didn't bleed from the wound when he pulled out the knife like Cain.
Ruby appears during the battle with the Seven Deadly Sins, and kills three of the demons with a knife. Until this point, the only ways of getting rid of a demon had been exorcism, which sent it back to Hell, or with the Colt, which killed it. Bobby states that he has never heard of a blade that could kill demons.
Dean steals the knife in the hope of using it against Lilith, and kills a possessed policeman with it after seeing his true demonic face as well as using it to kill a few demons protecting Lilith. However, when Sam attacks her with it, she stops him with her powers. Later, after Dean has been killed, Sam is able to withstand her power, and she vacates the body she is using to escape Sam's attack with the knife.
When Dean learns that Sam has been using his powers from Azazel to exorcise demons, Sam justifies the decision by arguing that this method saves the host, arguing that the knife kills the victim as well as the demon. Also, upon realizing that the girl with Sam is Ruby, Dean attacks her with the knife, but Sam stops him from killing her.
When facing Samhain, Dean demands that Sam use the knife rather than his powers over his objections that Samhain might be too powerful for the knife alone to do the trick. Despite this, Sam does try to use the knife, but loses it in the fight and is forced to use his powers to exorcise Samhain instead.
Sam stabs Alastair with the knife, but it appears to have narrowly missed his heart. While escaping from Alastair they lose the knife. In flashbacks, Ruby is shown taking the knife back from Sam and killing the demon with her with it and then later killing a demon after Sam fails to exorcise it. They use it in the fight when they walk into Lilith's trap.
Alastair uses the knife to torture Ruby. He says to her "This knife of yours... It's an exquisite piece. You must tell me where you found it." When Alastair’s meatsuit is destroyed by Anna regaining her grace, the knife is left behind unharmed, allowing Sam and Dean to retrieve it.
Dean uses the knife to torture Alastair (now using a new meatsuit) who later beats Dean unconscious after being freed from the devil's trap. Castiel arrives and drives the demon-killing knife into his shoulder, but it barely missed his heart. Castiel twists the knife with his powers, but Alastair manages to pull it out and lunges at the angel. Alastair attempts to send Castiel back to Heaven, but is interrupted and killed by Sam.
Dean uses the knife to kill a demon possessing one of the Novak family neighbors. Later, when the demons capture them, they get the knife as well, but Sam gets it back in the fight that follows, cuts the neck of one of the demons to drink her blood, then kills her with the knife before using his powers to exorcise Amelia Novak.
Castiel uses the knife to cut his arm so that he can use his blood to draw the angel banishing sigil and temporarily get rid of Zachariah. Castiel gives the knife to Dean before sending him to St. Mary's Convent to stop Sam from killing Lilith. Dean is unable to prevent the last of the 66 Seals, Lilith's death, from being broken. He instead attacks Ruby, who is revealed to be working with Lilith with the knife. As Sam holds her in place from behind, Dean stabs Ruby with her own knife, killing her.
Meg orders the possessed Bobby to kill Dean with Ruby's knife, but just as he is about to strike, Bobby manages to wrestle control and stab himself in the abdomen instead, killing the demon possessing him. The stab wound Bobby inflicted on himself with Ruby's knife led to his inability to walk. During the fight that follows, Dean manages to grab the knife and kill another demon causing Meg to flee before he can stab her too.
When Sam and Dean go after War and cut off his ring, they take the knife to use against him. He comments that it can't kill him, but they use it to cut off his fingers instead and disable his powers by removing his ring.
Dean carries the knife while visiting Jesse Turner's house to find out what is causing so much trouble in town. Later, Castiel tries to kill Jesse with the knife, but gets turned into an action figure of himself holding the knife.
Sam uses the knife to try to kill Crowley—and slices into the Impala's rear seat when the demon disappears. He makes another attempt, but is again unsuccessful. Later, Dean takes the knife and uses it to kill a demon protecting Brady. Sam eventually uses the knife to kill Brady.
After trapping Crowley under a devil's trap, Meg tortures him to find out if he can restore Sam's soul. When he denies he can, Dean hands the knife to her so she can kill Crowley, but he overpowers her and uses the knife to break the devil's trap. Castiel then appears with Crowley's bones, which he burns to kill Crowley. Seizing the moment as a distraction, Meg escapes before Dean can kill her.
Dean has the knife when he confronts Guy, the crossroads demon. He loses it in the fight, and Becky uses it to kill Jackson. Dean then uses it to overpower Guy, but before he can kill him, Crowley arrives and makes a deal instead.
Dean and Sam surprise Jeffrey, and hold the knife to his throat while they use holy water to see if he is a demon. Jeffrey later uses it as part of his ritual to cut Dean and get his blood and to kill his dog for her heart. Later, after Sam lures the demon into a devil's trap, Jeffrey tries to attack the demon with the knife, forcing Dean to kill him.
Dean encounters a demon at Emmanuel's house and uses the knife to kill him. Later, Dean is confronted by three demons at a convenience store and he manages to kill one with it but loses the knife. However, Meg picks it up and kills another one and the last demon flees as a result. Later, when discussing all the demons outside the Northern Indiana State Hospital, Castiel/Emmanuel asks if they have more knives to fight the demons with, but Dean tells him all they have is one.
Meg steals the knife and uses it to kill Rosco and another demon. However, Sam and Dean are aware that she left and she walks straight into a devil's trap upon return and is forced to hand the knife back over. However, Castiel is able to confirm her story about killing two other demons as he can smell demon blood on the knife.
When the devil's trap in the church Kevin Tran is hiding out in is broken, Sam and Dean realize that demons are coming and Dean hands Sam the knife to fight while he uses a blade he got in Purgatory. With the help of Kevin, Sam kills one demon with the knife then tosses it to Dean who kills the second attacking demon with it. Crowley then shows up and Dean faces off against him with the knife, but when Dean tries to use it on him, Crowley causes it to burn Dean's hand, forcing him to drop it though Dean is able to quickly pick it up again.
While checking on Linda Tran, Sam and Dean discover two demons watching her, one possessing a gardener and the other a mailman. Dean lures the gardener away from the front of the house and kills him with the knife and Sam does the same with the mailman. Later, when they find that Linda's friend Eunice is possessed by a demon too, Dean uses the knife to kill her after Sam forces the demon back into her body with a reverse exorcism.
After arriving at Plutus' auction, Dean is forced to give up the knife, but promises to get it back. During the struggle that later follows, Dean spots the knife and grabs it to go after Crowley who is possessing Mrs. Tran. Dean fights Crowley and tries to slit his/her throat, but he flees Mrs. Tran before he can.
After finding out that Linda Tran has captured a demon, Dean pulls the knife on the demon, presumably to torture information on the location of Kevin Tran out of it. The demon gives him the location and after arriving there, Dean kills the demon with the knife. While making his way into the warehouse the demon led them to with Sam and Castiel, Dean used the knife to kill a demon that was guarding the building. Dean later tries to kill another demon with it, but is telekinetically thrown into a mass a chains and Castiel is forced to kill the demon with his powers, which weakens him.
During the attack, Dean kills a demon from behind that is strangling Sam. After finding Samandriel, Dean fights Viggo armed with the knife. Dean ultimately overpowers the demon, but after seeing an opening, kills the demon Sam's fighting instead. Viggo pleads for his life, claiming he knows things they need to know, but Dean, after pretending to agree, stabs him with Ruby's knife, killing him.
When facing the demon Abaddon, Dean stabs her in the back with the knife, but while it hurts her, it doesn't kill her. However, the distraction allows Sam, Dean and their grandfather Henry Winchester to escape.
When Sam and Dean wonder why the knife didn't work, Henry tells them that normal knives wouldn't and that they would need an "ancient demon-killing knife of the Kurds." When Dean shows him the knife, Henry is surprised and asks where they got one and Dean tells him from a demon. Later, they discover that the knife didn't work as Abaddon is a Knight of Hell and one of the first demons ever created.
When going after a hellhound in order to kill it as part of the three trials needed to be completed to close the Gates of Hell, Dean shows Sam the knife when describing how they will kill the hellhound.
When Dean finally confronts the hellhound, he loses the knife and the glasses that allow him to see it, but Sam manages to grab the knife and cut the hellhound open lengthwise, killing it and completing the first trial.
When Dean, Sam, Meg and Castiel go to Lucifer's Crypt to find the angel tablet, Dean gives Sam the knife and tells him to wait outside with Meg and guard the building. Two demons attack and Sam kills one with the knife while Meg kills the other one with an angel blade.
In Hell, after finding Bobby, Sam gives Bobby the knife to defend himself with while he uses the vampire's weapon. Bobby kills two demons with it and when confronted with two Sam's, makes a guess and stabs one, luckily killing the right demon one.
Back in Purgatory, when Sam is preparing to escape through the portal out with Bobby and Benny Lafitte, Sam uses the knife to cut his and Bobby's arms so he can absorb Bobby's soul for the ride out. He offers the knife to Benny to do the same, but a group of vampires arrive and Benny, who had no intention of returning to Earth at all, stays behind to hold them off.
On Earth, Sam uses the knife to slice open his arm again and recite a spell to release Bobby's soul to Heaven, ultimately succeeding thanks to the aid of Naomi. When Crowley shows up, Sam tries to attack him with the knife, but Crowley pins him and Dean to trees instead.
While working on curing Crowley of being a demon, Sam has the knife with him. He uses it to cut himself when he performs the exorcism that will finish the job, but Dean stops him before he can put his hand over Crowley's mouth with the blood and finish the job.Abaddon and the demons loyal to her, Sam arms himself with the knife, but is overpowered by three demons. However, Gadreel takes control after Sam is knocked out, overpowers the demons and kills them with the knife rather than his powers so Dean can explain away their deaths to Sam without Gadreel having to reveal his presence to him.
When Crowley shows up at the bar Dean is at, he pulls the knife on him and keeps it out while they talk, but eventually puts it away after Crowley convinces Dean to work with him to locate the First Blade.
When four demons attack Cain's house, Dean takes on three with the knife while Crowley kills the last with an angel blade. Despite an intense fight in which Dean briefly loses the knife to one of the demons, he manages to kill all three single-handedly, proving himself to Cain to be worthy of the Mark of Cain. When Cain refuses to give Dean the First Blade, Dean threatens him with the knife, but Cain merely stabs himself with it, proving to be completely immune to the knife's powers with it not even hurting him, let alone causing him to bleed.
When held captive by the demon Del, Dean tries to free himself and reach the knife which he has in his possession. After Del is captured, Dean turns the knife over to Linda Tran who uses it to kill Del in revenge for his torture of her.
Going after the demons stealing people's souls, Sam arms himself with the knife. Sam kills the demon possessing Mr. Richie, but the knife is taken from him by the one possessing Sister Agnes. In response, Sam starts an exorcism, continuing it with a recording on his phone. Though Agnes manages to smash the phone before she can be exorcised, the exorcism allows Sam to retrieve the knife and stab her in the back with it, killing her.
After being tricked by Dean into thinking there are demons in the basement of the hotel Crowley is in and realizing it, Sam races to the penthouse suite armed with the knife only to find Dean killing Abaddon with the First Blade.
Sam threatens to use the knife on Demon Dean, going so far as to hold it to Dean's throat. He does not use it, however as Castiel arrives and overpowers Dean.
Chasing Rowena, Sam and Dean encounter her, Catlin and Elle being escorted by two demons, having been captured by them. Dean kills one immediately with the knife and stabs the other in the back as he fights Sam.
In Crowley's nightmare/vision of his death, he is killed with a demon killing knife of the Kurds by his demon underling, Guthrie.
After Sam hits Crowley with a devil's trap bullet, he brandishes Ruby's knife. However he doesn't use it on Crowley, instead places a hex bag in his pocket, opting to use the Defigere Et Depurgeare spell to kill Crowley. However Crowley is able to resist the spell, and send Sam flying through a window, causing him to drop the knife. As Sam crawls to retrieve the knife, Crowley telekinetically swipes it from Sam's reach.
After Crowley reveals that he wants to use Amara for his own purposes, Dean pins his hand to the wall with an angel blade and pulls out Ruby's knife, but after a moment of contemplation, he decides against killing Crowley. He then goes after Amara with the knife only to find her gone. When Dean returns to Crowley, still carrying the knife, he finds Crowley gone too with only the bloodied angel blade sticking out of the wall.
Dean tries to use the knife against Amara, but is stayed by her thrall. Later when Sam breaks into the room and she attacks him, Dean moves after her again with the knife, but she flings him against the wall and leaves.
Dean convinces Gunner Lawless to help him stop the rogue crossroads demon Duke. To this end, Dean arms Gunner with Ruby's knife. As Dean distracts Duke from the front, Gunner sneaks up behind Duke and stabs him through the back with Ruby's knife, killing him. Moments later, the hellhounds arrive to collect Gunner's soul since their master is no longer holding them back. Feeling he deserves what he's getting, Gunner returns the knife to the Winchesters before they depart, leaving him to his fate.
After entering Asa's house with the help of Billie, Dean draws the knife and faces off with Jael possessing Elvis Katz. Though Dean maintains the upper hand in the fight, he chooses to use an exorcism rather than the knife on Jael who kills Elvis and flees his body. Later, after meeting up with the other hunters, Dean shows them the knife and explains its purpose, causing Alicia Banes to call it "impressive."
After Jody Mills starts claiming that Mary Winchester is the demon, Dean draws the knife as he heads to see what's going on. Jody urges Dean to use the knife to kill Mary, but he realizes that its Jody whose possessed by Jael, not Mary. Though Dean manages to hang onto the knife when Jael flings him around, he chooses not to use it in order to save Jody. Instead, Dean continues Sam's exorcism which is finished by Max and Alicia Banes and then Mary, sending Jael back to Hell and saving Jody.
Dean stabs the knife through Crowley's hand into the desk in the Bunker library to restrain him, but Crowley later pulls himself loose and escapes.
Sam arrives at Luther Shrike's mansion under the guise of a seller who wants to offer him a knife that can kill demons. He presents Ruby's Knife to Shrike in a wooden box and claims that it is one-of-a-kind. Luther, seeing Sam's deceit, believes that he's a demon and attacks him with the knife. During the struggle, Sam stabs Luther, but the knife is ineffective as Shrike cannot die while he remains on the property. He knocks Sam out with a fossilized Gorgon tooth and takes the knife with him to go protect the safe. Upon arrival, Shrike uses the blade to kill the demon Grab before entering the room. He goes to attack Dean, but Sam distracts him and Dean punches Luther and retrieves the knife.
When they arrive at the diner in Detroit to meet with Kipling and rescue Castiel, Sam hands Ruby's knife to Mary stating that it would be better if she takes it. After Mary and Bobby ambush the restaurant, Mary throws the knife to Sam who turns to attack Kipling. During the fight between Sam and Kipling, they struggle for control of the knife which Sam ultimately loses. As Kipling comments that the knife is "cool," Sam suddenly grabs his arm and drives the knife into his chest, killing Kipling.
- In earlier seasons, the knife is generally called "Ruby's knife" by the characters. In 8.12 As Time Goes By refers to it as an "ancient demon-killing knife of the Kurds." It's referred to as just the demon-killing knife by Mary Winchester in 14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land. Additionally, Dean calls it a demon blade in 12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox and explains to a room full of hunters that it kills demons, "kills them dead." In 12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, Dean calls it a demon knife when explaining to Gwen Hernandez how to kill a hellhound. Lilith calls it a Demon Blade upon seeing the weapon in 15.05 Proverbs 17:3.
- Though the knife played a role as the Winchesters main demon-killing weapon in the earlier seasons, it has lost its prevalence in the later seasons, particularly after the revelation that angel blades can also kill demons. In the later seasons, the Winchesters use angel blades to kill demons more often the knife which then typically only appears once or twice a season.
- The knife was not used by the Winchesters to kill any demons in season 11, but Dean did attempt to use it against Amara twice and drew it on Crowley before deciding against killing him. It was used by Gunner Lawless to kill the crossroads demon Duke in 11.15 Beyond the Mat however. This was also a season where demons were not a major enemy to the Winchesters due to the greater threat of the Darkness.
- Hunters unconnected to the Winchesters don't appear to be aware of the knife's existence. In 12.06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox, Bucky Sims compares the temporary effects of an exorcism to the effects of an angel blade. In the same episode, when Dean shows the knife to the other hunters gathered, they are confused, causing Dean to have to explain what it is and its purpose despite the same hunters earlier talking about the Winchesters' legendary reputation.
- Throughout season 13, the Winchesters did not use the knife to kill demons at all, instead relying entirely on angel blades despite the fact that demons were a major enemy in that particular season. Though the knife appeared in 13.08 The Scorpion and the Frog, the only demon killed with it was Grab by Luther Shrike while Luther was unharmed when Sam stabbed him with it. The knife was once again used by Sam in 14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land.
- In a deleted scene for 13.08 The Scorpion and the Frog, Luther Shrike inspects the blade, remarking it's craftsmanship looks Kurdish but is unaware of what dialect the markings come from.
- Before Sam uses the knife to kill Kipling in 14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land, the last time either of the Winchesters used it to kill a demon was in 12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You) when Sam killed the male demon protecting Ramiel.
- Occasionally, demons have expressed an appreciation for the knife such as Alastair in 4.10 Heaven and Hell and Kipling in 14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land. In the latter case, Sam used the demon's distraction with admiring the knife to kill him with it.
- 4.10 Heaven and Hell
- 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King
- 8.12 As Time Goes By
- 9.11 First Born
- 12.12 Stuck in the Middle (With You)
- 4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer
- 4.16 On the Head of a Pin
- 5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
- 5.02 Good God, Y'All
- 4.01 Lazarus Rising
- 8.14 Trial and Error
- 4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester
- 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked
- 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
- 5.20 The Devil You Know
- 6.10 Caged Heat
- 10.22 The Prisoner
- 11.02 Form and Void
- 12.23 All Along the Watchtower