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"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
 
Knife
Knife csgo
Alternate name(s)

Combat knife

Price

N/A

Firing mode(s)
  • Slash (Primary)
  • Stab (Secondary)
Rate of fire
  • .4 sec (Primary Attack)
  • 1 sec (Secondary attack)
Used by
Movement speed (units per second)

250

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* 34 or 21* 55 55
Chest & Arm 34 or 21* 34 or 21* 55 55
Stomach 34 or 21* 34 or 21* 55 55
Leg 34 or 21* 34 or 21* 55 55
Back 76 76 153 153
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.
  • Increased movement speed when drawn when compared to most weapons, allowing for greater mobility when traversing the map.
  • A good weapon to wield if both your primary and secondary weapons have to be reloaded.
  • A last resort when facing a confused enemy.
  • In CS:GO, the damage is unaffected with Kevlar, as adding realism.
  • It is very embarrassing to be killed by a knife, especially if the victim has a powerful weapon.
  • Slashing at the back of an enemy player allows a quick and easy 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.

DisadvantagesEdit

  • Low damage done in primary attack.
  • Low rate of fire in secondary attack.
  • Very low range.
  • Almost completely useless in a head-on attack unless the enemy is out of ammo or has their back against you.
  • Some enemies (usually bots) can still detect a death if one of their team members is killed by a knife and if 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.

TacticsEdit

  • The Knife is useful when you need to run fastest, while you have a firearm that is heavier than Knife. However, it should not be used when you have face to face contact with other enemies, and the Scout may be better when Knife if you need fast.
  • 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 a enemy 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 do not pay attention.
  • When engaged in hand-to-hand combat, aim for the face of the target, as it will get a instant kill in CS 1.6 and in Condition Zero. Avoid engaging the enemy head-on when your health is below 45 as a secondary attack will kill you instantly.
    • Depending on the distance, 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 a foolish 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; a Headshot can be also be scored easily.
  • 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.

AchievementsEdit

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveEdit

Weapon SpecialistEdit

Knife Expert csgo Knife Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the knife.

Combat SkillsEdit

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 & DemolitionEdit

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.

Counter-Strike: SourceEdit

WeaponEdit

Knife Expert css Knife Expert
Kill 100 enemy players with the knife.

KillEdit

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.

GalleryEdit

Main article: Knife image gallery

TriviaEdit

  • The knife is the only weapon that cannot be purchased and cannot be dropped.
  • The knife included in Counter-Strike 1.0 - 1.5 and Deleted Scenes is modeled after the SOG Seal 2000 knife.
  • 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.
  • The knife in Deleted Scenes does not have an idle animation, the secondary attack will have a unique animation as well.
  • 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 equiped 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: Global Offensive, the Counter-Terrorists use a military grade combat knife, modeled after the German Eickhorn KM 5000 S. The Terrorists use a traditional persian blade shape knife. 
  • In Deleted Scenes, Turn of the Crank is the only mission that the player is not equipped with a knife.
  • 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.
  • The kill icon in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Condition Zero is reused form Counter-Strike 1.0's knife world model.
  • In Counter-Strike and in Condition Zero, if a player is killed with knife, some unique dying animations may be used.
  • In Counter-Strike 1.6, the world model and the Tactical Shield player model of the knife is reused from CS 1.5
  • From Counter-Strike to Counter-Strike: Source, the damage is reduced roughly by 5-10% with the kevlar, this is unrealistic as kevlar only protect the damage from the bullets. However, in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the damage is unaffected with the kevlar, probably adding realism.
  • In Counter-Strike: Source, the slash and stab animations are switched.

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