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Knife csgo
Knife
Alternate name(s) Combat knife
Price N/A
Firing mode(s) Slash (Primary)
Stab (Secondary)
Rate of fire .4 sec (Primary)
1 sec (Secondary)
Used by Terrorist
Counter-Terrorist
VIP
Movement speed (units per second) 250
Kill Award $1500 (Competitive)
$750 (Casual)


 
"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.

OverviewEdit

For every player, the knife is a melee weapon in the 3rd weapon slot. When held, players are able to run at the fastest speed possible, which is measured at 250 units/second. When equipped with any weapon other than the knife, pistol, submachine gun, and Scout, you run at a speed slower than 250 units/second, depending on the weapon. In CS:GO, only the knife grants no speed reduction.

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

Hitbox

(CS:GO)

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 the any consecutive hit.

Hitbox

(CS:S)

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 the any consecutive hit.

Hitbox

(1.6 and CZ)

Primary Attack Secondary Attack
Unarmored Armored Unarmored Armored
Head 60 50 260 250
Chest & Arm 15 12 65 55
Stomach 15 12 65 55
Leg 15 12 65 55
Back 15 12 165 (660 head) 165 (660 head)
Red signifies a fatal hit


MultiplayerEdit

  • Every player starts out with the knife. Unlike the other weapons, it cannot be dropped.
  • The knife has a fast, low-damage primary attack and a slow, high-damage secondary attack which can kill most opponents with two stabs.
  • 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. When equipped with any weapon other than the knife, you run at a speed slower than 250 units/second, depending on the weapon. There is an exception though, a Steyr Scout user can run at 260 units/second.
  • 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.

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted ScenesEdit

The weapon appears as a different model. Compared to its multiplayer counterpart it has a slower swing rate but does slightly more damage.

If an enemy target has not spotted you, a single slash or stab will kill him instantly.

AdvantagesEdit

  • Fairly quiet.
  • Always available with no cost (excluding Arms Race).
  • Increased movement speed when drawn when compared to most weapons, allowing for greater mobility when traversing the map or agility for outmaneuvering opponents.
  • A good weapon to wield if both your primary and secondary weapons have to be reloaded.
  • A last resort when facing a confused enemy.
  • 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 with a unique back-stabbing animation.
  • 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.

DisadvantagesEdit

  • Low damage done in primary attack.
  • Low rate of fire in secondary attack.
  • Very short range.
  • Almost useless in a head-on attack unless the enemy is out of ammo, does not expect you, or has their back towards 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.

GameplayEdit

TacticsEdit

  • The knife is useful when you need to run fast, especially when leaving a bombsite that is about to explode, while you have a firearm that is heavier than the knife. However, it should not be used when you have contact with other enemies.
    • The only weapon that beats the knife in movement speed is the Scout in older games.
  • If you and your opponent are both injured and the last members of your respective teams, running around with a knife and (accidentally) encountering them can result in a kill with a knife if it's close quarters. This is best done if your opponent doesn't have a powerful weapon out and your arrival is unexpected: meaning your opponent isn't camping and is running around as well.
  • 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.
  • Unlike firearms, using the knife will only make a small amount noise within the area, though it is still louder than firearms that are fitted with a silencer.
  • 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 stab will kill the target instantly. This is not recommended when multiple enemies are at same area, unless they are not paying attention.
  • When engaged in hand-to-hand combat, aim for the face of the target, as it will get an instant kill in Counter-Strike 1.6 and in Condition Zero. Avoid engaging the enemy head-on when your health is below 45m as a secondary attack will kill you instantly.
    • Depending on the distance and the enemy's health, it may be more wise to use the primary attack than the secondary attack and vice versa.
  • The knife is useful for breaking objects since it does not use ammunition and it makes less noise.

Counter-tacticsEdit

  • If you encounter an enemy who is wielding the Knife in open areas (provided they are not at point blank range), he can be easily killed with any firearms since switching back to another weapon takes time.
    • However, this can be seen as a lack of sportsmanship in special cases, such as when a knife duel is declared.
  • Avoid engaging multiple enemies with the Knife in hand-to-hand combat as you are unlikely to survive.
  • In later or near the end of the round, if your location is too quiet, look every 10 second behind you so the enemy is unlikely to kill you with a backstab. Also, listen to footsteps as this is an important tactic to prevent getting killed.
    • When defusing the bomb, make sure that all Terrorists are killed. If not, have at least one backup unit next to you so the enemy cannot kill you with a knife from behind while you defuse the bomb.
  • When engaging an enemy from afar (especially with a rifle), make sure there is either someone guarding your back or find a secure position as one can come up from behind with a knife while their teammate/s distract you.

AchievementsEdit

Weapon
Knife Expert css Knife Expert
Kill 100 enemy players with the knife
Kill
Make the Cut css Make the Cut
Win a knife fight
Sknifed css Sknifed
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
Knife Expert csgo Knife Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the knife.
Combat Skills
Make the Cut csgo Make the Cut
Win a knife fight.
The Bleeding Edge csgo The Bleeding Edge
Win 100 knife fights.
Sknifed csgo Sknifed
Kill a zoomed-in enemy sniper with a knife.
Street Fighter csgo Street Fighter
Kill an enemy with a knife during the Pistol Round in Competitive mode.
Arms Race & Demolition
Knife on Knife csgo Knife on Knife
Kill an enemy who is on gold knife level with your own knife in Arms Race or Demolition mode.

GalleryEdit

Main article: Knife/Gallery

TriviaEdit

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