Dexter and kill tools

Kill Tools & Pocket Knife Roll

Kill Tools are Dexter Morgan's "tools of the trade" in the Showtime series DEXTER.

His brother, Brian Moser, used similar kill tools and dismembered his victims like Dexter (although Brian drained their blood, neatly wrapped up the parts, and left them out in plain sight).

Dexter typically stabs his victims in the heart, but he also uses other methods, such as sawing through a neck, beheading, or slashing / stabbing a carotid artery.

The most common, and some of the uncommon, methods that Dexter has killed his victims are listed below.

Kill Kit

Dexter's kill knife

Kill Kni

Power Tools

Dexter and Saw

Reciprocating saw

Sharpened Tools

Dexter kills Freebo


Strangulation Aides

Blunt Objects

Household Items



Other Methods

Supplemental Items

Plastic Sheeting

Plastic sheeting

  • M99 tranquilizer & syringes
  • Lock pick set
  • Luminol
  • Duct tape
  • Kill attire
  • Black gym bag
  • Blood spatter kit
  • Bleach
  • Flashlight
  • Cotton
  • Smelling salts
  • Microscope slides
  • Plastic sheeting / shrink wrap
  • Black heavy-duty trash bags
  • Candles (at times)
  • Rocks (used for Underwater Graveyard)

TV Series

The Butcher's Kill Tools

Kill Tools & Pocket Knife Roll

Season One

Dexter plans to dump his kill tools along with his blood slide box into the ocean so there would be no trace of his secret life should he become a suspect for the murder of Valerie Castillo. After he throws his kill tools overboard, he reminisces about his kills as he goes through the blood slides. He notices a smile on Valerie's blood slide (the work of his "new friend (The Ice Truck Killer) and he decides to keep his trophies.

Season Two

Dexter tricks James Doakes into drinking water with a sedative in it, causing him to pass out. Dexter seizes this opportunity to put Doakes' fingerprints on his kill tools, in order to frame him for the murders.

The tools are found by a Scuba Diving class, giving the police and the FBI further evidence of Doakes' guilt.

Season Eight

Dexter takes on an apprentice, Zach Hamilton, who likewise acquires his own set of kill tools, but he is murdered by Oliver Saxon before he has the chance to use them.

Dexter abandons his kill tools when he captures his adversary. Because of his longing to be with Hannah, Dexter decides not to go ahead with the kill. He leaves the kill tools behind as evidence against Saxon when he is arrested. This plan fails, however, as Saxon is freed by US Marshal Max Clayton and ends up killing Clayton (with one of Dexter's knives) and shooting Debra, whom Dexter had called to arrest Saxon.

Novels / Comics

Dexter kill tools

In the comics, Dexter's kill tools are depicted for the first time in Dexter: Issue 3.

Dexter: The Game

Kill tools game
In the game, Dexter stores his tools in a wooden box with multiple compartments. The tools depicted include, but are not limited to:
  • Bone saw
  • Blade

Related Pages


  • Dexter used a Northstar 1050 HD Diamond Ripstop Series Duffle Bag to carry his knife bag and other gear.


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