The Pan is one of the two melee weapons in the game.
The Pan deals high damage, but it is only used to attack enemies in dire situations where the player has not yet found a gun. However, it has a few properties that may aid the player. When not in use, it may prevent you from taking some damage when enemies shoot you from the back. Therefore, players can hold a pistol or an M1873 when sprinting to increase their own speed while putting the Pan at the back to block damage. However, it the player is really in a hurry, he or she can hold the Pan instead to sprint even faster.