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Knife csgo
Knife
Alternate name(s) Combat knife
T Knife
CT Knife
Game(s) Cs t Beta Csx 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
Counter-Terrorist
VIP
Movement speed
(units per second)
250
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, with the exception of the Danger Zone gamemode in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive .

Overview

In all games in the Counter-Strike series, the knife is permanently equipped in the melee weapon slot. It cannot be purchased nor dropped (without special commands).

The knife is a melee weapon, and thus has a very short range and makes little sound when slashed. The knife has a fast, low-damage primary attack and a slow, high-damage secondary attack. In Source and Global Offensive, the primary attack deals reduced damage on consecutive hits, reducing its spamming capability.

Damage from the knife is affected by different multipliers compared to other weapons. In Counter-Strike and Condition Zero, the knife is affected by the head hitbox in addition to a special backstab multiplier. In Source and Global Offensive, the head hitbox multiplier is removed and only the backstab multiplier is present. In general, a secondary attack that strikes the head in earlier games or the back will result in a one hit kill.

In all games, players are able to run at the default speed when the knife is active, which is measured at 250 hammer units/second. In earlier games, some other weapons and grenades allow the same movement speed, and the Scout increases the players' speed, but these attributes were removed in Global Offensive, leaving the knife with the top running speed.

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.

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.

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.

Cosmetic Knives

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, multiple cosmetic knives are available in the game as alternative options to the base knife, first added in the Arms Deal update. These knives have the same attribute as the base knife.

In addition, the Gold Knife in the Arms Race mode is another cosmetically altered version of the base knife, granted as the last weapon in the weapon progression and signifying imminent victory.

Properties

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

Tactics

  • 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.

Appearances

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

Map Difficulty Challenge
Havana tod wide
Havana
Hard / Expert Kill an enemy
Torn tod wide
Torn
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.

Main article: Revolution

Up Close And Personal  (607)

Mission Unlock(s) Reward
Score 15 Melee kills in Arms Race matches.

405 XP
Bonus: +27 XP per kill-when the map is Lake.

Brief Audio
“If you want to fight for change, there’s something I need you to do. Kill a man with a knife. Feel his blood on your hands, Do not ignore it, Do not sugar coat it, Accept it.(sic) For The Phoenix does not lie… not to the sleeping world… nor to ourselves.”
Valeria Jenner
Csgo-op bloodhound valeria knife


Achievements

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.

Behind the scenes

  • The knife in Counter-Strike 1.0 - 1.5 and Deleted Scenes were modeled after the SOG Seal 2000 knife. The Counter-Strike beta knife, however, seems to be at least partially based off of the Eickhorn FK 1000 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 in Counter-Strike 1.6, Condition Zero, 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.
  • The first version of the knife in Counter-Strike beta did not have a secondary attack. The secondary attack was added in Beta 7.0 along with the new knife model.
  • 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 is called knife_t in game files, despite separate team knifes models being 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"
  • In Global Offensive, after the January 27, 2016 update, the Knife can be dropped at will if the console command mp_drop_knife_enable is set to 1 in a community server.

Trivia

  • 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.

See also

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