Private Eye

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The outcome was never really in doubt.
The Spy after solving a mystery

The Private Eye is a community-created cosmetic item for the Demoman, Medic and Spy. It is a deerstalker hat with a brown houndstooth pattern, the Mann Co. label stitched on the front, and three team-colored matches stuck out of the right side, the topmost one's head being burnt off.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
Eliminating The Impossible
Item icon Nine-Pipe Problem.png

Reduces mystery solving time by up to 88%.

Note: The attributes are hidden until both items are equipped.
This set does not affect gameplay, as its description is meant to be a joke. However, it does change a handful of item descriptions, as of June 20, 2012 Patch.

Update history

April 7, 2011 Patch (Third Community Contribution Update)
  • The Private Eye was added to the game.

July 9, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • The Private Eye can now be equipped by the Demoman.

July 12, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • The Private Eye can now be equipped by the Medic.

July 18, 2011 Patch

  • Updated The Private Eye so it can be equipped by the Medic and Demoman.

March 8, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added the Private Eye to the Eliminating The Impossible set.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.


  • The BLU variation of this cosmetic is completely reflective while on DirectX 8.


  • "Private Eye" is a slang for Private Investigator.
  • The Private Eye was originally designed for the Demoman, with the name "Private Eye" in reference to his one good eye.


See also