CSGO doesn’t have much by way of customization, but it does offer a wide variety of skins that you can either win at the end of a match or from a loot box opened with the corresponding key. Among the most sought-after skins are knife skins, some of which cost well over $1000! If you want your own knife skin ASAP, you should consider the cheapest CSGO knife skins.

Players can use one of the dozens of knife skins in the game… for a price.

TLDR:

The five cheapest knives based on type are the following:

  • Shadow daggers
  • Navaja knife
  • Gut knife
  • Falchion knife
  • Stiletto knife

Factors that Affect Skin Price

There are several factors that can affect the price of a specific knife skin in CSGO. Understanding these factors will help you figure out which knives are cheap and which ones can fetch a good price on the Steam market. More importantly, this will also help you predict the value of knife skins that will be introduced in the future.

Skin Quality

All weapon skins in CSGO are available in various levels of exterior quality. Factory New (FN) skins are free from visual imperfections and considered the most valuable quality, while Battle-Scarred (BS) ones look the most worn-out and are valued the lowest. If you check the Steam Marketplace at any given time, you’ll find that the cheapest knife skins in CSGO are either BS, Well-Worn (WW), or Field-Tested (FT).

StatTrak™

Some weapon skins in CSGO will have the word StatTrak™ in their name. StatTrak™ is a buit-in kill counter that shows how many kills you’ve made using the weapon with the skin equipped. A StatTrak™ either looks like a digital counter (for guns), or etched numbers on the surface of the blade (for knives). Because of this novelty, StatTrak™ skins are always more expensive than their regular counterparts.

Cheapest Knives in CSGO
A StatTrak knife skin will show how many players you’ve killed up close and personal . Note the “5” etched on this Karambit knife skin.

IMPORTANT – The kill count on your StatTrak™ skin will reset if replaced with another StatTrak™ skin unless you use a StatTrak™ Swap Tool to transfer the values from the old skin to the new one.

Souvenir

Some skins are considered souvenir skins, which come from limited edition crates. These crates are awarded to players that watch professional CSGO events such as E-LEAGUE, PGL, and MLG. For easier identification, souvenir skins have yellow-colored names. These skins also vary in quality and may or may not have StatTrak™ integrated, but they will always have limited edition stickers already applied on them. Souvenir knife skins are significantly more expensive than their regular counterparts.

What’s Cheap Right Now?

With these three price-affecting factors in mind, we took a quick look at the steam community market to see what the cheapest CSGO knife skins are during the last few months. Here’s a quick overview of what we found.

Regardless of the type of knife you want, these have been the cheapest skins on the Steam Community Market as of May 2019:

  • Safari Mesh
  • Scorched
  • Boreal Forest
  • Urban Masked
  • Forest DDPAT

The five cheapest knives based on type are the following:

  • Shadow daggers
  • Navaja knife
  • Gut knife
  • Falchion knife
  • Stiletto knife

Tips on Buying the Cheapest CSGO Knife Skins

Do you already have the means to buy the cheapest knives in CSGO, but still looking for something worth your cash? Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Find out why you want it. – If you want a cheap knife because you plan to make a profit out of it, picking based on value is okay. If you want something you plan to use, you may want to look around for a cheap skin with a level of quality you’re fine with.
  2. Trash or treasure? – Remember that a knife skin’s beauty is not tied to its listed quality and cost. Some prefer the worn-out look while others prefer knife skins that look brand new. Always check low-priced options; you may find something there that you’ll like.
  3. Sell if you don’t want it. – Sometimes, the most expensive knives won’t suit your tastes. If you have a highly-valued knife in your inventory but want something else, you can sell it and use the funds to buy your specific knife. You can even use the excess cash to purchase other weapon skins.
  4. Careful with the waiting game. – Some players tend to wait for their preferred knife skins to go down in value. However, there’s always a risk that the knife’s value will rise up so you may have to buy the skin as soon as you have the funds.

The Rundown

For those who want the answers fast, here’s a quick rundown on how to get a CSGO knife.

  • Top-up your steam wallet funds
  • Use profit from buying and selling other weapon skins
  • Purchase a key and hope for the best when opening a crate

Regardless of the type of knife you want, the cheapest CSGO knife skins will have the following qualities

  • A “low quality” skin (either BS, WW, or FT)
  • No StatTrak™ feature integrated
  • A non-souvenir skin

Keep in mind that prices will fluctuate depending on the availability of the skins. Under-priced knife skins may also show up on the Steam Community Market so keep an eye out for those!

How to Buy the Cheapest CSGO Knife Skins

These are the cheapest knives in the game, but that doesn’t mean that they’re worth loose change. These days, even the cheapest knife in the Steam Community Market is still worth more than $50. How exactly can you get these knives?

First Method – Paying Up

The most straightforward way to get the cheapest knife in CSGO is to go to the Steam Marketplace and buy it with money from a valid payment method or with your Steam Wallet funds. While prices are generally stable, players will put up certain items for sale at significantly lower price. This means it’s possible to shave a few dollars off the usual asking price for your preferred knife skin.

Tip – You can add cash to your steam account thru online service sites such as pointsprizes.com (or bitrefill if you like to use crypto) where they pay you cash for answering surveys or watching ad videos!

Second Method – Buy and Sell

This method takes a lot of work but it lets you buy a knife skin without having to shell out a lot of cash. You start by buying gun skins which cost a lot less than a knife skin and selling them for small profits. Depending on your initial stock of items, you may have to use profits to buy even better stuff to sell. After some time, you can use the profits to buy your preferred knife skin.

Third Method – Leaving It to Luck

This method is Steam’s “intended” means of getting knife skins and it involves buying a key (about $2.70) to open CSGO crates. Unfortunately, opening crates is completely random and you are more likely to get a cheaper gun skin instead of the knife skin in a particular crate. The main reason you’d want to go for this method is to get the chance to acquire more expensive CSGO knife skins.

Cheapest Knives in CSGO
CSGO crates can be opened with their corresponding keys for a chance to get a knife skin.

That wraps up our talk on finding the cheapest knives in CSGO. For more game-related content, feel free to check out our guide to getting better at the game!

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