Rare compared to other melee weapons in Fallout 3, the Ripper is unique in that the player can hold down the attack button and an enemy at melee range will continuously receive damage. However, The Pittadd-on adds a weapon with identical functionality, the auto axe. You can use a Ripper to repair an auto axe. Also, in V.A.T.S., it will often deal an instant kill.
PCPlaystation 3Xbox 360 Sometimes when using the Ripper and then dropping it, the audio for the Ripper will continue to play. This bug usually fixes itself after about 2 minutes; however, if it does not stop, loading another save file will fix it.[verified]