Brass Knuckles (3.5e Equipment)
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Martial Light Melee
1. See Damage Increases by Size to calculate the damage for a weapon larger than Medium or smaller than Small.
2. Weight figures are for Medium weapons. A Small weapon weighs half as much, and a Large weapon weighs twice as much.
3. When two types are given, the weapon is both types if the entry specifies "and", either type (player's choice at time of attack) if the entry specifies "or", or each end of the double weapon is a different type if the entry specifies "/".
4. The hp value given is for Medium armor, weapons, and shields. Divide by 2 for each size category of the item smaller than Medium, or multiply it by 2 for each size category larger than Medium.
Brass knuckles are small metal pieces that are designed to fit around the knuckles, greatly increasing the striking power of a person's fists. Due to the weapon's intricate shape and the high degree of workmanship required to fit the weapon to a human hand, it is usually made of slightly softer and more easily filed metals such as brass or bronze.
Brass knuckles are considered martial weapons, but can be wielded without penalty by characters that are proficient with simple weapons, though the base damage decreases by one step (1d6 to 1d4, 1d4 to 1d3, and so forth). Having access to the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, either directly or indirectly such as by having the monk's Unarmed Strike class feature, increases the brass knuckles' base damage by one step (1d4 to 1d6, 1d6 to 1d8, and so forth).
Brass knuckles greatly impede the mobility of the fingers, conferring a 30% arcane spell failure chance while worn.