Knife skins are some of the most expensive weapon skins in all of CS2.
Having some of the rarest knives instantly upgrades you to the highest level of competitive gameplay.
Everyone will see your skin in-game and know not to mess with you.
All jokes aside, CS2 knives are pretty awesome, but some are more expensive than others.
In this post we will look at the most expensive CS2 knife you can buy.
Why did the most expensive CS2 knife get valued at over 1.5 million dollars?
Just like any supply and demand curve, it comes down to rarity.
The one-of-a-kind Factory new, case-hardened skin, karambit (Curved blade) in and of itself is a hard-to-find and expensive knife. However, what sets this one apart from the rest is the hints of blue within the knife.
In this case hardened blue gem has a 100% blue shade; making it an extremely rare knife skin.
So rare that it is one of a kind.
With all of these factors culminating into one knife skin, it's easy to see how its value is so high.
The karambit case hardened skin was valued at over 1.5 million back in September of 2021. An offer of 1,2 million euros worth of bitcoin (Just over 22 bitcoins at that time).
With the owner and potential buyer wanting to remain private throughout the purchasing phase it is hard to dig deeper into the exact conversations but what we know is a middleman (ohnepixel2) had brief conversations with the owner letting them know of the large offer about and they decided to state "Not Interested, 1.2 is low".
Making this the most expensive knife skin, not only in Counter-Strike but also in every computer game ever.
It's easy to ask what are the chances of getting this knife in a random box drop.
I could just say their chance is very very low.
But let's break it down.
Assuming you are unboxing the correct case and there have been over 930 million cases unboxed then the chances of you getting the rarest knife is 0.00000010695%!
Needless to say, this is probably never going to drop again.
Remember, it also needs to come with a 100% blue gem color and a wear rating of 0.0480 or better.
The 2013 CSGO Weapons Case was the first case for the skin to come out. There are a few other cases you can find expensive knives, including:
Released on the 14th of August, 2013, the Karambit case-hardened skins quickly became one of the more popular choices for unboxers.
The one-of-a-kind blue gem came out of these boxes with a wear rating of 0.0480 and the pattern template 387.
As of 2023, valued at over 1.5 million dollars, the current owner "青い王" (Who is Chinese) and the name translates to Blue King.
The collector is very private and only talks to very select people who are also secretive about who they speak with, especially regarding this knife skin.
It comes down to demand and supply. With such a limited supply of perfect/near-perfect knives with such specific requirements, it makes it hard for new knives to make their way onto the market.
This, along with what very rich collectors personally find appealing is what also increases the prices. In this case, expensive knife skins come down to who is willing to increase the bid as the supply will remain unchanged.
Some, so-called, experts on the counter-strike scene claim this karambit knife has the ability to surpass $1.7 million within the coming year. Allowing it to, by far, keep the title of the most expensive CS2 knife.
Counter-Strike is well-known for its cosmetics trading. Some skins have been sold for more than $100,000, however, Karambit Hardened Knife is rumored to cost up to $180,000. Typically, a knife goes for $100 - $200, which is why people go crazy when they open one in a case (A standard case key costs around $2).
Released in 2017 and found in the spectrum case and the spectrum 2 case the butterfly knife marble fade has a popularity score of 35%. Being one of 391 different knife skins it has a 0.26% chance of dropping, making it a very rare skin.
Released in mid-2018 and currently has over 4.5K listings on the public CS2 knife market. Found in two cases, danger zone case and horizon case there is again a 0.26% chance of dropping the skin.
Having come out over 9 years ago (2013) this skin has gained huge popularity and pushed its value of the stat trac factory new past $11,000. While also able to be found in 11 different cases such as the esports cases and weapon cases 1-3.
A more common skin found on the market, with over 8K units in public inventories. This skin can be found in both the gamma case and gamma case 2.