Table of Contents
- Knife Skins Are the Cream of the Crop
- StatTrak Karambit | Scorched (Field-Tested)
- Karambit | Night (Field-Tested)
- M9 Bayonet | Ultraviolet (Battle-Scarred)
- Karambit | Case Hardened (Battle-Scarred)
- M9 Bayonet | Slaughter (Minimal Wear)
- StatTrak Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web (Field-Tested)
- StatTrak M9 Bayonet | Vanilla
- Butterfly Knife | Safari Mesh (Battle-Scarred)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) skins do not offer you the tactical advantage that you’re craving for, they are used to express yourself in the game and possibly making you want to try to be a better player.
With the update of the “Arms Deal” in 2013, CSGO players now have the option to customise their weapons with attractive decals that could give your weapon a distinct style and personality that you can either earn at the end of a match or from a case opened with the respective key. Although CSGO skins do not offer any tactical advantage to the player, putting on such a weapon skin does increase your level of play, in the eyes of your opponents. It is because of this reason that a growing number of active CSGO players have decided to acquire CSGO skins for their weapons in order to express their style and personalities in the game.
Contrary to popular belief, obtaining CSGO skins directly from case drops may not be a viable option since there is no guarantee that you will obtain the weapon skin that is of your liking. Hence some have chosen to buy (or sell) CSGO skins from third party skins marketplaces like SkinCashier which allows players to not only buy their ideal CSGO skins quickly and more cost-effectively, but also enable players to sell CSGO skins instantly for real money and cryptocurrencies. As a result of these marketplaces, rare CSGO skins are now commanding much higher prices based on its scarcity, wear values and other factors involved to determine the price valuation of a CSGO skin. AWP Dragon Lore and M4A4 Howl are perfect examples of expensive CSGO skins in the game due to their rarity, wear values and respective back stories related to their original designs.
Knife Skins Are the Cream of the Crop
However, the most desirable CSGO skins are knife skins. In general, they are extremely rare to obtain from the usual means in the game and therefore do cost quite a sum to get them off skin marketplaces. For instance, a Factory New, StatTrak Karambit | Crimson Web cost well over $10,000. Beautiful but costly, knife skins are often out of reach to many players due to its exorbitant rates. FYI, the typical cost of a CSGO knife skin has a price from $100 onwards, which is definitely more expensive than rifle or pistol skins.
Nonetheless, our team over at SkinCashier have decided to consolidate a list of the cheapest knife skins that you can actually acquire in CSGO. In this article, we will be sharing a list of Karambits, M9 Bayonets and Butterfly knife skins. They may be around since the “Arms Deal” update, but to this day many players are still craving for these three knives out of the dozen cosmetic knives available in the game.
If you are one of those lucky few who managed to earn one of these popular knives, it is only expected of you to check out on the available CSGO skins that you could acquire to replace the base knife design. Thankfully, there are several affordable Karambits, M9 Bayonets and Butterfly knife skins that you could consider getting on third-party skins marketplaces, which are priced at a considerably better rate than Steam Market.
StatTrak Karambit | Scorched (Field-Tested)
Description: It has been spray-painted in a sun-dappled pattern.
Flavor Text: The Phoenix is not a symbol of destruction… it’s a symbol of rebirth – Valeria Jenner, Revolutionary
The Rustic-looking, Field-Tested StatTrak Karambit | Scorched is recommended to Karambit owners who are in favor of timeless designs. Due to the nature of how it was designed, even the presence of scratches from the Field-Tested wear condition compliment this knife pretty well. No matter the wear values, it is still a Karambit.
Karambit | Night (Field-Tested)
Description: It has individual parts spray-painted solid colors in a night ops color scheme.
Flavor Text: It’s the whisper of the wind… it’s the bite at your neck
Cheap Karambits may sound a bit of an oxymoron, but it is actually possible to get your hands on attractive and reasonably-priced CSGO skin like this Field-tested Karambit | Night skin.
M9 Bayonet | Ultraviolet (Battle-Scarred)
Description: It has individual parts spray-painted solid colors in a black and purple color scheme.
Flavor Text: Elegant design paired with brutal intent
The pleasant color combination (Matte gray and purple) of M9 Bayonet | Ultraviolet is a truly awesome sight to behold in a match. The Minimal Wear version is going to cost you about 2x more than Battle-Scarred (at about $200), but it’s for sure worth it. If you are not looking to get the pristine condition of this skin, then it is best not to look into the middle. The cosmetic difference between Field-Tested, Well Worn and Battle-Scarred is negligible, hence it is better off to embrace the rugged look and go for the $200 Battle-Scarred, M9 Bayonet | Ultraviolet.
Karambit | Case Hardened (Battle-Scarred)
Description: It has been color case-hardened through the application of wood charcoal at high temperatures.
Flavor Text: A little color never hurt anyone
Unlike most other skins, as Case Hardened skins wear and degrade in cosmetic condition, few scratches will likely appear on the edges of the blade. This means that there is not much of a difference choosing between a Battle-Scarred or a Field-Tested version. Also, the Case Hardened is generally cheaper than other CSGO skins on a Karambit. If you do insist on not getting the Battle-Scarred skin, fret not, as you can always pay a little more for Minimal Wear, for less than $75 to be exact.
M9 Bayonet | Slaughter (Minimal Wear)
Description: It has been painted in a zebra-stripe pattern with aluminum and chrome paints with various reflectivities, and has then been covered with a tomato red candy coat.
Flavor Text: Valeria doesn’t pay Javier to ask questions… she pays him to pry out answers
If you’re going with a sleeker CSGO skin like the M9 Bayonet | Slaughter, then perhaps you should consider the Factory New or Minimal Wear versions. The pattern on this blade resembles a tiger with a matt-red color tone.
StatTrak Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web (Field-Tested)
Description: It has been painted using a spider web-patterned hydrographic over a red base coat and finished with a semi-gloss topcoat.
Flavor Text: Be careful where you walk, you never know where the web is spread
A lot of the knives that are cheap have the same set of dull colors: gray, black, or some sort of dull green or cream, but this skin is an exception. We are recommending the StatTrak version since it only make sense as there is not much price difference between Field-Tested or Battle-Scarred, so unless you are looking at the pristine condition, the StatTrak Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web in Field-Tested condition should serve your Butterfly knife well. It carries a price tag of about $350 on third-party skins marketplaces.
StatTrak M9 Bayonet | Vanilla
Everyone’s going to have their opinions about the coloring and patterns on skins. Some people will love colorful designs, some people will hate them. Some people are a fan of the scratches that lower conditions bring, and others detest them. But one thing that the majority of people agree on is that the Vanilla skins (skins without any design or condition) don’t look half bad. If you’re a person of simplicity and aren’t looking to flaunt a colorful knife about, the Vanilla M9 Bayonet is for you. You just can’t go wrong with a knife like this.
Butterfly Knife | Safari Mesh (Battle-Scarred)
Description: It has been spray-painted using mesh fencing and cardboard cutouts as stencils. Flavor Text: A predator is a predator, no matter the environment
You didn’t think we wouldn’t include a Safari Mesh, did you? A cheap skins article without a Safari Mesh is like a Batman without a Robin. We’ve chosen to include the Safari Mesh Butterfly Knife for two reasons. Firstly, it doesn’t look too bad – yes, it isn’t the most photogenic, but I’m sure we could think up a lot more knife designs that look a lot worse than this. Secondly, it’s cheap. In fact, it’s the cheapest. We know some people on a limited budget still want to be able to admire that awesome inspect and draw animation that the Butterfly Knife carries. If that’s all you’re looking for in a knife, or don’t care too much about the colors on it, and are trying to spend the least amount of money possible, the Safari Mesh Butterfly Knife is the best option for you.