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7 Best CS2 (CS:GO) Survival Knives You Should Get In 2023

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Owning a knife skin adds a touch of prestige and style to your gameplay, as these sought-after cosmetic items not only enhance the aesthetics but also serve as symbols of achievement and skill. In this overview we will explore the top seven survival knives in CS:GO/CS2, delving into their unique features, rarity, and overall value.

What is a Survival Knife in CS:GO/CS2?

CS2/CS:GO Survival Knife skins are virtual cosmetic items that replace the default in-game knife with a variety of visually stunning designs. These skins have no impact on gameplay mechanics, but they can significantly elevate the overall gaming experience and offer players a chance to showcase their personal style on the battlefield.

fade, vanilla, night stripe

Survival Knives in CS2 are quite underrated by players and are often overlooked when picking a knife. Added in November 2019, alongside the start of Operation Shattered Web, these knives offer an interesting style and a variety of designs.

How to Obtain CS2/CS:GO Survival Knife Skins?

Survival knives in CS2 can be acquired through various methods. First of all, you can get one by opening weapon cases, such as the Vulcanizer Case or the Masamune Knives Case.

Also, you can trade or purchase CS2/CS:GO survival knife skins from the Steam Community Market. If you are wondering what’s the average Survival Knife CS2 price, it is ranging from $130 to $2000. Let’s break down the factors that can directly influence the price tag of a Survival Knife in CS2.

Criteria for Evaluating Survival Knife CS:GO/CS2 Skins

When evaluating the best survival knife skins in CS2, several essential factors come into play, like their designs and overall rarity and value.

Aesthetics & Visual Appeal

First and foremost, a visually striking design is often the primary factor in determining the popularity of a survival knife skin. Intricate patterns, vibrant colors, and captivating artwork are elements that attract collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The most vibrant and eye-catching patterns often cost more than not-so-intricate ones. Hence why, a Blue Gem pattern of Survival Knife | Case Hardened is much more valuable and desired than the one covered in mostly yellow stains.

Rarity & Market Value

Another factor that impacts the market value of a CS2 survival knife is its rarity. While all of them bear the Covert rarity, some knives tend to drop rarer than others, resulting in different offer and demand ratios.

Overall, the trend says that the scarcer the knife skin is, the higher its price tends to be.

Animation & Inspect Animations

While every Survival Knife in CS2 has the same hitting and inspecting animations, these still differ from the animations of other knives offered to players and collectors in the game.

Also, each Survival Knife has an extra rare animation of an in-game character flipping it in the air after equipping it during the round.

The Top Survival Knife CS:GO/CS2 Skins

Survival Knives in CS2 are not as popular among players as other knife styles, so there are fewer designs to pick from. For example, most knife styles, like Bayonet, Karambit, and Huntsman, exist in 25 different designs, while there are only 13 designs for Survival Knives.

Despite this fact, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so even if survival knives are not people’s favorite, there might be a knife that will catch your attention and suit your arsenal just right. Now, let’s dive into our list of the 7 best knives in Survival style and find out what case has a Survival Knife CS2 players can unbox.

Survival Knife | Night Stripe

“Spray… Pray… Paint… Stab.”

Survival Knife Night Stripe
  • Finish Style: Spray Paint
  • Float value range: 0.06 to 0.80
  • Starting price: $140

The eye-catching Survival Knife | Night Stripe showcases a mesmerizing nocturnal stripe pattern with a blend of dark gray hues, perfect for stealthy players who prefer a subtle yet stylish appearance.

The pricing for Survival Knife | Night Stripe starts at $140 for a Battle-Scarred blade and goes up to $500 for a Factory New one. Get this knife from the Masamune Knives Case.

Survival Knife | Vanilla

Survival Knife  Vanilla
  • Finish Style: Vanilla
  • Float value range: None
  • Starting price: $350

Simplicity meets elegance in the minimalist design of Survival Knife | Vanilla. This skin offers a clean and classic look for those who appreciate the timeless beauty of a straightforward knife.

There is only one variant of Survival Knife | Vanilla, there are no conditions for it. A regular knife sells for $350, while the one with the StatTrak™ feature is worth only $20 more. Unbox the Vanilla knife from our Masamune Knives Case.

Survival Knife | Blue Steel

“This is the malbec of weapon design – Booth, Arms Dealer.”

Survival Knife  Blue Steel
  • Finish Style: Patina
  • Float value range: 0.00 to 1.00
  • Starting price: $165

Survival Knife | Blue Steel has been cold-blued, resulting in an almost rusty pattern covering its blade. The knife’s cool-toned appearance makes it a favorite among tactically inclined gamers.

One of the cheapest knives in this list, Survival Knife | Blue Steel in Battle-Scarred condition, goes for around $160, while its Factory New variants go for $280. Get it from our Masamune Knives Case or CS2 Knives Case.

Survival Knife | Crimson Web

“Be careful where you walk; you never know where the web is spread.”

Survival Knife  Crimson Web
  • Finish Style: Hydrographic
  • Float value range: 0.06 to 0.80
  • Starting price: $250

For those who crave a bit of danger and excitement and are looking for a stylish Survival Knife, check out the Crimson Web design. It showcases a black spider web pattern unique for each knife.

Battle-Scarred variants of Survival Knife | Crimson Web sell for $250, and Factory New ones cost $1,800. Claim this knife for $149 only by opening the Masamune Knives Case.

Survival Knife | Slaughter

“Valeria doesn’t pay Javier to ask questions… she pays him to pry out answers.”

Survival Knife  Slaughter
  • Finish Style: Anodized Multicolored
  • Float value range: 0.01 to 0.26
  • Starting price: $430

Survival Knife | Slaughter offers a visually striking animalistic pattern reminiscent of spilled paint of different transparency. It is an attention-grabbing choice for players who like to make a bold statement.

Field-Tested versions of Survival Knife | Slaughter sell for $430 on average, while Factory New blades are worth $530. This item is available in our Unique Case and Empyrean Case.

Survival Knife | Case Hardened

“A little color never hurt anyone.”

Survival Knife  Case Hardened
  • Finish Style: Patina
  • Float value range: 0.00 to 1.00
  • Starting price: $200

Survival Knife | Case Hardened offers a unique and intricate appearance with a distinct blend of yellow, purple, and blue colors derived from the case hardening process. Each pattern is slightly different, and Blue Gems, which have mostly blue blades, are a true collector’s dream.

Common patterns of Survival Knife | Case Hardened cost $200, and those in Factory New condition are worth $650. The more blue color there is on the blade, the higher its price goes.

Get this beauty from the CS2 Knives Case or open the Baleful Case exclusively available to Gold Premium users. 

Survival Knife | Fade

“This isn’t just a weapon, it’s a conversation piece – Imogen, Arms Dealer In Training”

Survival Knife  Fade
  • Finish Style: Anodized Multicolored
  • Float value range: 0.00 to 0.08
  • Starting price: $850

The blade of the Survival Knife | Fade boasts a stunning gradient effect, with vibrant yellow, pink, and purple colors blending into each other seamlessly.

One of the most expensive Survival Knives, Fade, is only available in Minimal Wear and Factory New conditions, selling for $890 and $830, correspondingly. Survival Knife | Fade is available in Masamune Knives Case and Vulcanizer Case, the latter available to Silver Premium users.

Wrapping Up!

From the minimalist Vanilla to the vibrant Fade, each Survival Knife offers something unique to cater to various preferences. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a newcomer to the CS community, these seven survival knife skins are undeniably some of the best and most desirable in the game.

Check out each of these Survival Knives on Hellcase and then come back for more juicy content about Counter-Strike skins and other cosmetics and in-depth game guides.

Stay tuned!


What’s the Best Feature of a Survival Knife in CS2?

Not only do Survival Knives offer great looks, but they also have intriguing animations for equipping, inspecting, and flipping.

What Makes a Survival Knife CS2 Skin Valuable?

Rarity, visual appeal, and demand among the Counter-Strike player base are the key factors that make a survival knife CS2 skin valuable.

What Case Has Survival Knife CS2?

Survival knife skins can be found in various weapon cases, such as Operation Shattered Web Case and Fracture Case.

Can I Get Survival Knife Skins for Free in CS2?

No, but you can get them for a much lower price by unboxing a knife from a case or participating in Hellcase giveaways. Most players obtain Survival Knives through trading, purchasing, or opening weapon cases.

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