Knife csgo
Alternate name(s) Combat knife
T Knife
CT Knife
Game(s) Cs t Cscz t Csczds t Css t Game icon 730
Price N/A
Firing mode(s) Slash (Primary)
Stab (Secondary)
Rate of fire .4 sec (Primary)
1 sec (Secondary)
Used by Terrorist
Movement speed
(units per second)
Kill Award $1500 (Competitive)
$750 (Casual)
Entity weapon_knife
weapon_knife_t Game icon 730 (T)

Quiet and always available, the knife has a fast, low-damage primary attack and a slow, high-damage secondary attack. A backstab will earn quiet players an instant kill.
―Official description

The Knife is the basic melee weapon in the Counter-Strike series. It is available to all players by default and cannot be dropped.


All players start out with a knife in the third weapon slot. Unlike the other weapons, it cannot be purchased, nor dropped. In Global Offensive, after the January 27, 2016 update, it can be dropped at will if the console command mp_drop_knife_enable is set to 1 in a community server.

When held, players are able to run at the fastest speed possible, which is measured at 250 units/second, and for that reason it is often used when rushing. With any weapon or equipment other than the knife you run slower (There is an exception though as a Steyr Scout user can run at 260 units/second) than 250 units/second, with the speed depending on the weapon (from 245 for grenades to 195 for LMGs). In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, only the knife and the bomb grant no speed reduction.

The knife has a fast, low-damage primary attack and a slow, high-damage secondary attack which can kill most opponents with two stabs (one if the back of a target is attacked).

The Arms Deal update of Global Offensive introduced new cosmetic knives.

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the Gold Knife was added to Arsenal: Arms Race scenario as the last weapon requiring a kill. It was only added to distinguish it from a normal knife kill in Arsenal Mode.

Bots will only use the knife if all firearms and equipment have been restricted, their weapons have run out of ammo, at the beginning of a round for rushing purposes, or they are attempting to leave a bombsite before the C4 explodes. Bots set on higher difficulty will equip knife first until they encounter the enemy.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Hitbox Primary Attack Secondary Attack
Armored Unarmored Armored Unarmored
Head 34 or 21* 40 or 25* 55 65
Chest & Arm 34 or 21* 40 or 25* 55 65
Stomach 34 or 21* 40 or 25* 55 65
Leg 34 or 21* 40 or 25* 55 65
Back 76 90 153 180
Red signifies a fatal hit

* Deals reduced damage on any consecutive swing.

Counter-Strike: Source
Hitbox Primary Attack Secondary Attack
Armored Unarmored Armored Unarmored
Head 20 or 15* 20 or 15* 55 65
Chest & Arm 20 or 15* 20 or 15* 55 65
Stomach 20 or 15* 20 or 15* 55 65
Leg 20 or 15* 20 or 15* 55 65
Back 20 or 15* 20 or 15* 195 195
Red signifies a fatal hit

* Deals reduced damage on any consecutive swing.

Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
Hitbox Primary Attack Secondary Attack
Armored Unarmored Armored Unarmored
Head 50 60 250 260
Chest & Arm 12 15 55 65
Stomach 12 15 55 65
Leg 12 15 55 65
Back 12 15 165 (660 head) 195 (660 head)
Red signifies a fatal hit


  • Fairly quiet.
  • Always available with no cost.
  • Increased movement speed when drawn compared to most other weapons, allowing for greater mobility when traversing the map or agility for outmaneuvering opponents.
  • A good last resort weapon to wield if both your primary and secondary weapons have to be reloaded, especially when facing a lone opponent at long range.
  • Given the short range, it is considered very embarrassing to be killed by a knife and can be detrimental to an opponent's morale, especially if the victim has a powerful weapon.
  • Slashing at the back of an enemy player allows a quick and easy one-hit kill
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this weapon offers the most amount of money as a reward for eliminating an opponent ($1500 in competitive mode and $750 in casual mode).
    • Moreover in Deathmatch, eliminating an opponent with the knife awards the highest amount of points (20 points) and a bonus is offered at +10 points.


  • Inflicts low damage in primary attack.
  • Slow rate of fire in secondary attack.
  • Very short effective range.
  • Almost useless in a head-on attack unless the enemy is out of ammo or does not expect you.
  • Some enemies (usually bots) can still detect a death if one of their team members is killed by a knife and the dying sound is heard.
  • When armed with the Tactical Shield, users can only inflict small amounts of damage and suffer a low rate of fire. Moreover, players cannot perform an instant kill with a back-stab.
  • Lower movement speed than the Scout in older games.


  • The knife, being a light weapon, is useful for a boost of speed, such as when leaving a bombsite that is about to explode.
    • The only weapon that beats the knife in movement speed is the Scout in older games.
  • If a silenced firearm is not available, the knife can be used to sneak around and eliminate enemies armed with sniper rifles. Depending on their skills, luck, and the situation, they may stand still to camp a choke point, or are distracted.
  • Keep in mind that the secondary attack has shorter range. As an example, the secondary attack does not reach the ground you're standing on unless you crouch, but the primary attack does.
  • If confronting an opponent at close to mid range and both of you have used most, if not all, of your ammunition for both your primary and secondary weapons, quickly draw out your knife to go for the kill as it is quicker than reloading and both of you are already moderately injured. Thus, the first one to hit the other will usually win. However, this tactic is not recommended if you are facing more than one opponent or for long ranges.
    • Be warned however, depending on how hasty enemies are, they may simply run backward while reloading their weapons instead of challenging you with the knife. If you unable to hit any retreating foes, quickly fall back far away from the position of assailants and quickly reload your weapon. However, if they do switch to the knife, killing enemies will depend on your reaction, skill, and luck.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the fastest way to kill a full health enemy with a knife (when you are unable to backstab e.g. in a knife fight) is by using the primary fire twice then using the secondary fire once.
  • When an enemy target is unaware of your location or they are attacking your teammates while you are behind him, you can sneak behind the enemy and stab him; a single backstab will kill the target instantly. This is not recommended when multiple enemies are at same area, unless they are not paying attention.
    • Footsteps play an important role when attempting to backstab someone. If you run too much, you will be detected. Stab at the back of a target and run only if they are distracted or when reaching close proximity.
    • Despite being a quiet weapon, knife attacks are still audible at short ranges.
  • When engaged in knife fight in Counter-Strike or Condition Zero, aim for the face of the target, as the primary attack will kill in two hits, and the secondary attack in one.
    • In Source games, where knives no longer headshot, fighting in a knife fight involves a lot more movement. Move close to bait the enemy's attack so you can counterattack with your own knife attack.
  • If an enemy is rushing towards you with a knife, avoid engaging the enemy head-on when your health is below 55, as a secondary attack will kill you instantly.
  • The knife is useful for breaking objects since it does not use ammunition and makes little noise.


In the Tour of Duty, the knife kill challenge appears in:

Map Difficulty Challenge
Havana tod wide
Hard / Expert Kill an enemy
Torn tod wide
Expert Kill an enemy and survive the round

In most levels in the Deleted Scenes, the player is granted a knife at the beginning of the mission and the knife does not reappear in the level, with some exceptions:

  • Counter Terrorist Training: Never given the knife.
  • Building Recon: The player does not start with the knife, but one is available in the room where they take the picture of the nuke.
  • Downed Pilot: The knife is lost when the player is captured, but there's another one in their cell, hidden behind a cracked wall.
  • Turn of the Crank: Never given the knife.
  • Rise Hard: The knife is lost when the player is captured, but another one is next to them when they wake up to use against the boss in melee combat.


Knife Expert css Knife Expert
Kill 100 enemy players with the knife
Make the Cut css Make the Cut
Win a knife fight
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Kill a zoomed-in enemy sniper with a knife
Street Fighter css Street Fighter
Kill an enemy player with a knife during the pistol round
The Bleeding Edge css The Bleeding Edge
Win 100 knife fights

Weapon Specialist
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Kill 100 enemies with the knife.
Combat Skills
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Win a knife fight.
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Win 100 knife fights.
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Kill a zoomed-in enemy sniper with a knife.
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Kill an enemy with a knife during the Pistol Round in Competitive mode.
Arms Race & Demolition
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Kill an enemy who is on gold knife level with your own knife in Arms Race or Demolition mode.

Behind the scenes

  • The knife included in Counter-Strike 1.0 - 1.5 and Deleted Scenes is modeled after the SOG Seal 2000 knife.
    • The kill icon in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Condition Zero is reused from Counter-Strike 1.0's knife world model.
    • In Counter-Strike 1.6, the world model and the Tactical Shield player model of the knife is reused from Counter-Strike 1.5.
  • The knife included in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source is modeled after the Bad Land Bowie made by custom knife maker Mick Strider.
  • The Combat Knife in the German version of Left 4 Dead 2 is a direct port of the Counter-Strike: Source version.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the Counter-Terrorists use a military grade combat knife, modeled after the German Eickhorn Recondo IV. The Terrorists use a traditional Persian blade shape knife.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta, the knife had different attack animations.
  • In the alpha version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the Bayonet was the Counter-Terrorist knife, while the Flip Knife was the Terrorist knife.
  • Knife textures in Counter-Strike: Source in called knife_t in game files, despite separate team knifes models are introduced later in Global Offensive.
  • In Global Offensive, each team has a unique knife, but the game files contains references to a "Counter-Strike: Source Knife" in the configuration files (give_all_items.cfg). It is listed as "weapon_knife_css".
"vmt" "materials/models/weapons/v_models/knife_css/knife_css.vmt"


  • The knife in Deleted Scenes does not have an idle animation. The knife's secondary attack also has a unique animation in Deleted Scenes.
  • In Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, there are new animations and sounds for the knife. If the player is to use the secondary attack with the knife equipped on a solid surface or on another player, the knife has a stab animation in which the knife twists. Otherwise, the animation does not occur if the player is swinging the knife at empty space.
  • In Counter-Strike and in Condition Zero, if a player is killed with knife, some unique dying animations may be used.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, the slash and stab animations are switched.
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive includes special animations for backstabbing. For the primary attack, the character thrusts with the tip of the knife, and the secondary attack is a stab with a backhand grip.
  • All cosmetic knives share the same range as the default knife, despite their blades being different lengths.

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