Every Knife Skin in Counter-Strike 2, Ranked

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
15 Min Read
Credit: Valve

Knife skins are the crown jewels of a CS2 inventory, and here we will be ranking all of them that have been released in the game so far.

Skins in Counter-Strike 2 are mainly wearables. These skins don’t provide any gameplay advantages. Still, it has grown beyond a hobby for Counter-Strike players to collect skins and show off their inventories. Although CS2 offers a variety of skins for every weapon in the game, the biggest flex is probably affording an eye-catching knife skin.

Knife skins in CS2 are one of the most expensive ones. So far, it has introduced 19 different knife designs. Each of them offers different looks and equip animations. However, not all of them are created equally. While some of them received quite a backlash, some are loved by the community.

In this article, we will be ranking all of the CS2 knife skins to help you decide which one is the best for you.

Read More: All the Best Knife Animations in Counter-Strike 2

All CS2 Knife Skins Ranked

Since Counter-Strike 2’s release, VALVE has released 19 different types of knife skins. Each knife also comes in different finishes. So, there are hundreds of knife variants. However, to keep this list simple and non-repetitive, we are only listing the knife types and not counting the finishes. Therefore, we will only be taking a look at the vanilla finish for each knife. Note that the Vanilla skins also have no wear value, so they are only available in one float.

Moreover, this list is made completely based on looks and desirability. We are not considering the prices of the knives. So, a lower-priced knife skin can be ranked higher than a costlier one. Prices are from the time of writing and are subject to change, but they will not stray far from the prices mentioned below.

19. Navaja Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2018
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$191

The Navaja knife is one of the newer knives added to the game in 2018. Being a knife released so late, you might wonder, “What the hell was Valve thinking when they added this knife into the game?”

This is the most undesirable knife in the entirety of the game, and the only one who likes this skin is probably your friendly neighborhood barber.

18. Gut Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2013
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$170

Next, we have the Gut Knife, which was the defending champion as the most undesirable knife in CS2. This knife was added to the game back in 2015 and has a decent equip animation. But the knife itself looks so bad that many people would rather take a covert item instead of this.

17. Survival Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateNovember 2019
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$284

The Survival knife is one of the newer knives added to the game as part of Operation Shattered Web in 2019. This knife looks more like a glorified potato peeler, and it ranks 14th among all the other knife skins.

The Stiletto knife was added to the game in 2018 with the “A New Horizon” update. The knife looks very bland and comes in the shape of a very thin blade.

Not only does this knife look bad in general and has no unique animations, but the blade surface also makes the cool finishes not stand out.

16. Nomad Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateNovember 2019
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$625

The Nomad Knife is one of the newer knives that was added to the game in 2019. The knife design itself looks pretty okay, but the animations are just bland. It tried to be unique with the equip animation grabbing the blade and switching from left hand to right but raises safety concerns as demonstrated by the secret equip animation.

15. Shadow Daggers

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateSeptember 2015
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$180

The Shadow Daggers have created one of the biggest hypes since their release for all the wrong reasons. Since its release, it has become a huge meme in the community, but later, the demand decreased, and so did the price.

The Knife or Daggers, in this case, are the only ones of their kind released in the game, and this unique aspect grants them the 15th position. Valve had a good idea to release a dual knife, but the design was poorly executed. We would definitely love to see another two-handed knife in the future, but hopefully, it will have a better design.

14. Paracord Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateNovember 2019
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$252

The Paracord knife was added to the game as a part of the Shattered Web case in 2019. This is a sleek and stylish-looking knife with a paracord wrapped around the grip, hence giving it the name.

13. Bowie Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateFebruary 2016
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$197

The Bowie Knife was named after Jim Bowie, who was well known for fatally wounding 2 people with a “Big Knife” back in 1827. As the name suggests, the CS2 variant is the biggest knife available in the game, and it definitely has a menacing vibe. The design, look, and animations are great, however, the only reason people prefer it is because it is “TOO GODDAMN BIGG!!.”

12. Ursus Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2018
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$406

The Ursus Knife was released back in 2018 and is a really forgettable knife design. The knife looks pretty basic and lacks any unique design whatsoever. The equip and inspect animations are also quite basic, but this knife does have a secret animation for both equip and inspect.

11. Stiletto Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2018
Steam market Price (Vanilla)$523

10. Classic Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateOctober 2019
Price (Vanilla)$540

The Classic Knife pays homage to the Knife from the older Counter-Strike games. This was introduced with the CS20 collection celebrating 20 years of the franchise. The Knife looks like a polished version of the older knife with some secret animations. The reason it’s ranked 10th is mostly out of nostalgia for the older games.

9. Falchion Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateMay 2015
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$238

The Falchion knife was added to the game in 2015 and is available from the Falchion case. Because of how ugly this knife is, it is one of the cheapest knives, and the case is one of the cheapest cases.

This knife does come in good finishes. The main problem is that most of the skin is covered, and the blade is very tiny.

8. Huntsman Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateMay 2014
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$333

The Huntsman knife is one of the meaner-looking knives in the game, with a bulky but cooler appearance. It also has the spinning equip animation like the gut knife, but it suits the Huntsman knife much better. It is one of the oldest knives available in the game, released with the Huntsman case in 2014.

7. Flip Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2013
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$523

The Flip knife is one of the classic knife skins added to the game back in 2013. It is a commonly available knife and is available in all the different knife finishes. The blade looks good by itself, and color variants look bright and vivid on this skin.

6. Skeleton Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateNovember 2019
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$1150

The Skeleton knife is one of the newer knives in the game, added with Operation Shattered Web in 2019. It features a unique appearance, with the knife being almost all-blade and a center ring, which is often used to maneuver the knife.

The knife also comes with extremely cool secret equip and inspect animations where the knife is spun around the center ring. This is also one of the most expensive knives on our list.

5. Talon Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2018
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$655

The Talon knife looks more like the Karambit’s younger brother, with a worse equip animation but cooler inspect animation. It was added to the game in 2018 with the Horizon update.

The regular inspect animation on this knife is the same as the Karambit, but the secret animation is much more spectacular as the knife is spun around the finger indefinitely. What’s even better is the fact that compared to other skins with secret animations, which are very rare and harder to achieve, the secret inspect animation on the Talon knife is very consistent making it a really fun knife to play with.

4. Bayonet

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2013
Price (Vanilla)$735

The M9 Bayonet’s younger brother, the standard Bayonet, ranks higher as the 3rd best knife on our list. This was released alongside the M9 back in 2013. The reason why it ranks so high on our list is because of its insanely cool inspect animation. The entire knife flips around outside the hand in a motion that defies all the laws of physics.

3. M9 Bayonet

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2013
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$1589

The M9 Bayonet is a very beefy-looking knife, and it is also one of the classic high-tier knives in CS2. This knife was added to the game in 2013 with the Arms Deal update. It features a military-grade knife with a sharp edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. The hilt of the knife also has a hole to secure it to an M16 or an M4 and use it as a Bayonet.

2. Butterfly Knife

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateJuly 2014
Steam Market Price (Vanilla)$1516

The Butterfly knife was added to the game in 2014 with Operation Breakout. It is only available in the Breakout Case, a case that has spiked in price a whopping 93x since 2019. The Butterfly knife is also the most expensive knife on our list, coming in at over $1.5k.

The knife is priced and ranked rightfully so, being one of the most unique knives ever added to the game, which also has mesmerizing equip and inspect animations. The finishes on this skin also look really beautiful, making it our #2 best knife.

1. Karambit

UNKNOWN Tech/VALVE
TitleDescription
Release DateAugust 2013
Steam Marekt Price (Vanilla)$1493

The Karambit was one of the first knives added to the game back in 2013 during the Arms Deal update. Since then, it has cemented its position as a signature knife in CS2.

The knife features a claw-like blade with a ring at the end held with a reverse grip, which makes it stand out from most of the other knives. The primary and secondary attacks of these knives are swipes of the curved blade, which looks really cool.

Perhaps the best feature of this knife is the smooth swinging motion of its equip animation, where the knife is rotated around the ring. It also has a similar inspect animation, which is very eye-catching, making it the best CS2 knife that exists to date.

Read More: Most Expensive Skins of Counter-Strike 2 Right Now

So, this wraps up the best CS2 knife skins in the game. Note that rankings like these are purely subjective, and you might disagree with some of them. The prices were listed as they were on the date of writing this article.

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Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin is a Esports writer at GameRiv. He has a rich background as a former professional CS:GO and Overwatch player. Transitioning from the competitive arena to the world of content creation, Sparta has become a pivotal source for gaming enthusiasts seeking the latest FPS news, comprehensive guides, and in-depth coverage of major tournaments, particularly focusing on Valorant and CS:GO. Not confined to FPS titles, Sparta delves into trending single-player AAA games, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on the gaming landscape. Join Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin on the exciting journey through gaming as he crafts informative and engaging content for GameRiv, connecting gamers to the heart of the industry.