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10 Best Butterfly Knives To Get Right Now

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Counter-Strike players are constantly on the hunt for the best skins to add to their collection, and Butterfly knife skins have gained a lot of popularity throughout the years. These skins not only add a unique touch to the cold steel arms but can also serve as a status symbol among other players.

In this article, we will take a look at the ten best Butterfly Knife skins. Also, we will find out how you can get one, what is the most expensive one, and which cases contain these skins. 

Is the Butterfly Knife Available in CS2?

A butterfly knife in CS2, aka balisong, is a unique folding pocket knife, and its origins are traced back to the Philippines. There, it was traditionally used as a utility knife. Butterfly knives are not just tools but also mesmerizing instruments for performing tricks and great CS2 skins. 

butterfly knives (crimson web, tiger tooth, autotronic)

CS2 Butterfly Knife skins are among the most popular S-Tier knife skins, alongside Karambit and M9 Bayonet. Their first appeared in the game when Valve released thirteen first-ever Butterfly Knives alongside the Operation Breakout Update in 2014.

Today, there are twenty-five Butterfly Knive skins available for Counter-Strike players to get and use in-game. From high-end, rare skins to more affordable options, there’s something for every player and budget. However, is every skin attention-worthy? Let’s find out which ones are the best Butterfly Knife skins and how to get them. 

Best CS2 Butterfly Knives

According to statistics, players who own a knife skin spend 95% of every match inspecting it. Jokes aside, CS community admires these knife skins’ unique and eye-catching animations. For example, each Butterfly Knife skin comes with two drawing animations and three inspecting animations. 

If you want to add one to your arsenal but don’t know which skin to pick, we assembled a list of the best CS2 Butterfly Knife skins for you to check out.

★ $1,200 Butterfly Knife | Case Hardened

Valve introduce Butterfly Knife | Case Hardened within the Operation Breakout Weapon Case in July 2014.

Butterfly Knife | Case Hardened

Finish Style: Patina.

Float value range: 0.00 to 1.00.

The knife has blue, lilac, and yellow stains all over its case-hardened blade. The author applied wood charcoal to the steel at very high temperatures to give it a more durable and consistent hue. Inserts that adorn the handles are also made of hardened steel. 

Common patterns of Butterfly Knife | Case Hardened in Factory New condition sell for $1,200, and Battle-Scarred variants sell for around $870. 

However, there are rare patterns, and their price can reach tens of thousands of dollars. These are patterns #330, #426, #575, and a few others. They stand out due to the predominance of clean blue stains on the visible side of the blade.

So-called “Blue Gems” are the most desirable patterns of the Case Hardened skins. You can get more information about them in our article about the most expensive CS2 skins.

★ $1,300 Butterfly Knife | Damascus Steel

You can get Butterfly Knife | Damascus Steel not from one but from two cases: Spectrum Case and Spectrum 2 Case. Valve added it to the game alongside the “Take a Trip to the Canals” update in March 2017.

Butterfly Knife | Damascus Steel

Finish Style: Patina.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.50.

This Butterfly knife’s blade was crafted from a billet that consisted of two kinds of carbon steel, resulting in a wavy pattern. Damascus steel inserts and an untouched handle make a striking combination.

The cheapest Butterfly Knife | Damascus Steel you can find today is its Battle-Scarred variant which costs around $990. If you’re ready to spend a little more, you can go for a Factory New variant which will cost you $1,300. 

★ $1,400 Butterfly Knife | Freehand

Black and purple Butterfly Knife | Freehand first appeared in the game in the Operation Riptide Case in September 2021. 

Butterfly Knife | Freehand

Finish Style: Anodized Multicolored.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.48.

The pattern of this skin is hand-drawn, and the more you observe it, the more details you spot. With a metallic marker, the author depicted paintings of people and numerous icons in the form of arrows, little hearts, lightning bolts, and crowns on the purple blade. The handle of this knife is untouched, but the inserts are painted purple.

Butterfly Knife | Freehand is a great skin, and its price corresponds. You can get a Factory New variant of this skin for $1,260 and the one with StatTrak™ – for $1,360. A Battle-Scarred skin costs $790. 

★ $1,650 Butterfly Knife | Black Laminate

Valve introduced Butterfly Knife | Black Laminate to the game alongside the start of Operation Riptide in September 2021. This skin is still available in the eponymous case.

Butterfly Knife | Black Laminate

Finish Style: Gunsmith.

Float value range: 0.00 to 1.00.

This elegant skin has a blade fully covered in black paint. The handle is adorned with dark and light wooden inserts. 

You can get Butterfly Knife | Black Laminate in any condition you want. For the best-looking skin in Factory New condition, you will have to pay almost $1,650. A Battle-Scarred variant of this skin sells for $1,000.

★ $1,870 Butterfly Knife | Tiger Tooth

They see me roarin’, they hatin’… Butterfly Knife | Tiger Tooth got into both Spectrum Case and Spectrum 2 Case that Valve released in March 2017.

Butterfly Knife | Tiger Tooth

Finish Style: Anodized Multicolored.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.08.

The knife’s blade was painted with an orange metallic paint that gives off an anodized effect. The author hand-etched a brown pattern that resembles a tiger’s stripes and adorned the handle with orange inserts.

You can get Butterfly Knife | Tiger Tooth in one of the two available conditions, but the price difference is not felt. A Factory New skin costs $1,870, but the price of a Minimal Wear variant is only $20 to $30 less.

★  $2,800 Butterfly Knife | Autotronic

Counter-Strike players first got their hands on Butterfly Knife | Autotronic in 2021, when Operation Riptide started. This knife is a part of the Operation Riptide Case.

Butterfly Knife | Autotronic

Finish Style: Gunsmith.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.85.

The upper red part of this knife’s blade is coated with a translucent paint that gives off an anodized effect. Although most Autotronic knives feature steel mesh in their blades, this one has steel mesh in the handle. The design is so clean and sick!

Butterfly Knife | Autotronic is available in all conditions, and it looks great in all of them. Factory New skins sell for $2,800, while Battle-Scarred ones – for $1,400. If you ask us, the best option is a Field-Tested variant with a StatTrak™ feature that costs around $1,650.

★ $8,500 Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web

Valve released Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web within the Operation Breakout Weapon Case when Operation Breakout started in July 2014.

Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web

Finish Style: Hydrographic.

Float value range: 0.06 to 0.80.

The author covered the blade’s base with dark red paint and applied a spider web pattern using a hydrographic technique. The most interesting fact about this finish is that every skin from the Crimson Web family has a unique pattern. 

This masterpiece is available in all conditions. You can buy a Factory New Butterfly Knife | Crimson Web for $8,500, but Minimal Wear variants look just as good and sell for around $2,500.

If you are after something extraordinary, go for this skin in factory-new condition with a StatTrak™ feature – it will cost you a little over $20,000. 

★ $9,500 Butterfly Knife | Lore

Butterfly Knife | Lore was added to the Operation Riptide Case together with other knives in Butterfly style in September 2021. 

Butterfly Knife | Lore

Finish Style: Custom Paint Job.

Float value range: 0.00 to 1.00.

This skin features an eye-catching blade covered in gold paint and decorated with a Celtic pattern on its cutting edge. Stone embellishments of a yellow-brown hue serve as a nice contrast to the dark olive handle.

The price of the Butterfly Knife | Lore from the legendary skin family ranges from $9,500 for a Factory New variant to $1,200 for a Battle-Scarred variant. StatTrak™ feature is also available for this skin, so go ahead and get it. 

★ $10,700 Butterfly Knife | Doppler Ruby 

You can get Butterfly Knife | Doppler Ruby by opening the Spectrum Case or the Spectrum 2 Case, both released in March 2017.

Butterfly Knife | Doppler Ruby 

Finish Style: Hydrographic.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.08.

There are seven phases this skin can drop in, and the Ruby phase is probably the most sought-after. The astonishing smoky pattern the blade is adorned with imitates a ruby’s texture in shades of vivid, bold red color. 

If they say you can’t buy beauty, prove them wrong with Butterfly Knife | Doppler in Ruby Phase. To show off this skin on the server, get your $10,700 ready for a Factory New variant. Minimal Wear skins cost around $9,200.

★ $19,300 Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler (Emerald Phase)

Valve added Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler to the Operation Riptide Case and released it in September 2021. Although this case is now discontinued, you can still purchase what’s left in the market to test your luck by getting this knife dropped.

Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler (Emerald Phase)

Finish Style: Anodized Multicolored.

Float value range: 0.00 to 0.08.

Gamma Doppler knife skins are presented in five different phases that define the color schemes of the blades. One of them is the Emerald Phase, and it’s gorgeous. The blade of this knife is vivid green, and its pattern resembles an emerald texture. 

Is Gamma Doppler Emerald the best Butterfly Knife skin? It most certainly is. This skin is only available in Factory New and Minimal Wear conditions. If you want a Factory New Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler in Emerald Phase, get ready to shell out around $19,300. A StatTrak™ variant will cost you $20,800. The Minimal Wear knives sell for about $500 less.

What’s the Most Expensive Butterfly Knife in CS2?

The most expensive Butterfly Knife in CS2 is definitely Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler in Emerald Phase. Here’s the video of inspecting this knife and all its animations:

We also consider it the best Butterfly Knife skin. Its pattern is not only astonishing, but it is also pretty rare. The cheapest offer in the market starts at $19,300. 

Which CS2 Cases Have a Chance to Drop the Butterfly Knife?

All the Butterfly Knife skins we assembled in this article can be dropped from one of five CS2 weapon cases. Note that while you require keys to open them in CS2, you don’t need to buy keys to open cases on Hellcase. 

Which CS:GO Cases Have a Chance to Drop the Butterfly Knife?

Most of these cases also contain other knife skins, not only Butterfly-styled. For example, the Dreams & Nightmares Case can drop Bowie Knife, Falchion Knife, and other knife skins. Operation Breakout Weapon Case, however, can only drop a Butterfly knife skin as the Rare Special Item.

Operation Breakout Weapon Case

This Case contains thirteen first-ever CS2 Butterfly Knife skins, including Butterfly Knife | Case Hardened, Butterfly Knife | Forest DDPAT, and Butterfly Knife | Fade.

On Steam, the average price of this case is $4.50, and you have to add $14 to get the needed key. Go to Hellcase and get Operation Breakout Weapon Case for $1.50 only.

Operation Riptide Weapon Case and Dreams & Nightmares Case

If you want to test your luck and get the Emerald Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler by opening a case, go for the Operation Riptide Weapon Case or the Dreams & Nightmares Case. These containers also can drop Butterfly Knife | Lore and a few other Butterfly-styled knives.

The Operation Riptide Weapon Case costs less than $3 on Steam, and Dreams & Nightmares Case sells there for $0.75. However, there are no keys available for both of these cases.

On Hellcase, you can get and open these cases for $2 each. Go and see which cool skins will drop!

Spectrum Case and Spectrum 2 Case

The Spectrum Case and Spectrum 2 Case contain some of the best Butterfly Knife skins, including Butterfly Knife | Marble Fade and Butterfly Knife | Tiger Tooth. The list of available knives is the same for both cases.

You can get the Spectrum Case on Steam for $1.30, but you will also require a key that costs $11. On Hellcase, this case sells for $2. 

The total price of the Spectrum 2 Case and the key you need to open it with is around $13. On Hellcase, you can get this case and open it for $5. 

Hellcase-Exclusive Cases With Butterfly Knives

Explore Hellcase for CS2 cases with a much higher chance of dropping rare and valuable cosmetics, including Butterfly Knives. 

Hellcase-Exclusive Cases With Butterfly Knives

We publicly display the odds of obtaining each item from a case in percentage, so you always know what you are investing in. Give the Riptide Knives CS2 Case a spin and claim your Butterfly Knife | Autotronic or Butterfly Knife | Black Laminate today!

How To Get A Butterfly Knife in CS2?

You can get these skins by opening a weapon case they are presented in or purchasing the specific variant of the skin you want on Steam Community Market or via third-party services, like Hellcase.

We offer both original CS2 weapons cases and Hellcase-exclusive ones, like Panda Knife Case, which contains various skins for guns and knives.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to open cases on Hellcase:

  • Sign in to Hellcase with your Steam account.
  • Explore cases on our website and find the one you want to open. 
  • Choose a case and buy it.
  • Press “Open”.
  • Claim your reward!

Every skin from our cases has a chance of dropping displayed in percentage. You can check them on each case’s web page.

To Wrap Up!

You are sure to make a statement on the server and add flair to your arsenal with a Butterfly knife. CS2 is a place to compete, and while cosmetic items do not give you any actual gameplay advantage, they do add fun and exclusiveness to the game. 

Consider getting your very own Butterfly knife today, you won’t regret it. Also, explore our blog for articles about CS2 skins and other cosmetic items, in-depth game guides, and esports news. Stay tuned! 

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