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With sharp aim as the main idea of the game, nice movement and knife kills still look like the cherry on the cake in CS:GO. It’s no surprise that a non-bullet weapon is prime enough, and the spread of skins made it the most worthy. So, let’s dive into this exclusive sea of CS:GO most expensive knives that stand out from the ocean of in-game weapon skins.

Unfortunately, most similar ratings of the most expensive knife skins in CS:GO are outdated, which confuses true CS:GO fans. If the rankings start from the skin priced around $500, even the guys with a cheap weaponry collection doubt its authenticity.

So, we’ve visited dozens of prolific sites with game skins to double-check the situation with the most expensive CS:GO knives in 2023. That’s why there will be no Fade, Slaughter, Marble Fade, or Crimson Web variations of the weapon for humiliation in our rating. Also, we chose only Factory New skins with StatTrack — one surely wants to humiliate opponents with an ideally-looking exclusive skin and count everyone.

Here is the list of the top 12 most expensive CS:GO knives in 2023:

Rating number

Type of knife

Name (skin)

Skin quality (exterior)

Release

1

Butterfly Knife

Doppler Sapphire

Factory New, StatTrack

2017

2

Butterfly Knife

Gamma Doppler Emerald

Factory New, StatTrack

2021

3

M9 Bayonet

Doppler Sapphire

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

4

Karambit

Doppler Sapphire

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

5

Karambit

Gamma Doppler Emerald

Factory New, StatTrack

2016

6

M9 Bayonet

Gamma Doppler Emerald

Factory New, StatTrack

2016

7

Butterfly Knife

Doppler Ruby

Factory New, StatTrack

2017

8

Karambit

Doppler Ruby

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

9

M9 Bayonet

Doppler Ruby

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

10

Talon Knife

Doppler Sapphire

Factory New, StatTrack

2018

11

Bayonet

Doppler Sapphire

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

12

M9 Bayonet

Doppler Black Pearl

Factory New, StatTrack

2015

Now let’s look at each of them in more detail and try to understand what are the most expensive knife prices in CS:GO and why virtual weaponry costs more than the real ones.

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Karambit | Case Hardened — Widespread Fake

Case Hardened

You’ve probably seen the rumored price for the Case Hardened version of the Karambit knife, which was over $1.4 million. However, even by opening a web version of Steam, one can see a dozen offers for this skin at $1,000. Unsurprisingly, you can buy this “most expensive CS:GO knife” on a skin-prolific platform for “only” $700.

Of course, this rumor could not come from empty space, but it is outdated. The skin was released in 2013, and a few dozen knives are available now. Yes, it can be Battle-Scarred, but being the owner of the once most expensive knife in CS:GO history isn’t a serious problem for a bit richer game fan.

12. M9 Bayonet | Doppler Black Pearl

Doppler Black Pearl

The opening knife in our rating is the only representative of the Doppler Black Pearl skin series applied for M9 Bayonet. The family of modified Bayonets is one of the most expensive in CS:GO by default, and Doppler Black Pearl looks brutal enough in front of Sapphire, Ruby, and Gamma Emerald.

With a limited number of copies on the diverse markets (less than 5), the price varies from $2,500 to $4,200. No doubt, it will stay at the top as one of the most expensive CS knife representatives due to its brutal look.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $3,350

11. Bayonet | Doppler Sapphire

Bayonet Doppler Sapphire

Although Karambits and Butterfly Knifes give a wider room for in-game animation, the simple Bayonet is a true classic of the pocket spades. A straightforward design makes its appearance pretty realistic, while a lack of a saw-backed possibility shows the advantage of M9 Bayonets versions.

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Bayonet Doppler Sapphire has been with us since 2015 and the community still loves it. As an outcome, their supply is cut to less than ten and rockets the price to $3,700 – $4,900 even in 2023.

Quantity available to buy: less than 10
Price: $4,300

10. Talon Knife | Doppler Sapphire

Talon Knife Doppler Sapphire

Another unique dagger type in our top 12 most expensive knives in CS:GO rating is Talon Knife Doppler Sapphire. It looks quite similar to Karambit, having even a saw but not so well-designed handle.

The Doppler Sapphire design always means unique status, pulling the price for this Talon Knife between $4,600 and $9,600. With a huge contrast between the handle and edge, the appearance is unique, with less than five copies available for buying in 2023.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $7,100

9. M9 Bayonet | Doppler Ruby

M9 Bayonet Doppler Ruby

Blood-red knife designs in CS:GO received special attention, and Doppler Ruby is undoubtedly the most successful one, compared even to Crimson Web and Slaughters. Aggressive saws add a practical appliance for this M9 Bayonet, allowing it to take its place in our rating.

Of course, none needs to cut wires in CS:GO, but will it be a more realistic game, and M9 Bayonet Doppler Black Pearl can receive a new breath of popularity. Still, fewer than five copies are available in 2023, with prices between $6,700 and $8,500.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $7,600

8. Karambit | Doppler Ruby

Karambit Doppler Ruby

A continuing series of Doppler Ruby knife versions continue with Karambit, which has a light price disparity compared to M9 Bayonet. This fact can simply be explained by the difference in animation — the ability to spin the knife before killing makes this process much more satisfying.

With less than ten items available for buying, the Karambit Doppler Ruby price cannot be small by default. Thus, lucky owners of this elite weapon ask for $7,100 and up to $8,200 for this expensive CS:GO knife.

Quantity available to buy: less than 10
Price: $7,650

7. Butterfly Knife | Doppler Ruby

Butterfly Knife Doppler Ruby

With a pretty doubtful practical appliance, Butterfly Knife Doppler Ruby outperforms its Karambit and M9 Bayonet competitors in animation. Since CS:GO is mostly about spectacular kills, it’s hard to compete with Butterflies, in fact.

Being the few owners of this skin, Doppler Ruby could be in the top 3 with another two Butterfly versions. However, its cost in 2023 varies between $7,600 and $8,600.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $8,100

6. M9 Bayonet | Gamma Doppler Emerald

M9 Bayonet Gamma Doppler Emerald

A new representative in our CS:GO most expensive knife skins list is the M9 Bayonet — Gamma Doppler Emerald version. Since CS:GO has quite a specific dull color of textures, having the most contrasting skin in the game makes sense and explains the price.

Another significant advantage of every colorful M9 Bayonet is the size of the edge, which automatically adds to the price and value of the knife. With a few owners ready to share this rarity, the price varies from $7,500 to $9,500.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $8,500

5. Karambit | Gamma Doppler Emerald

Karambit Gamma Doppler Emerald

With a perfect in-game contrast, Karambit Gamma Dopler Emerald takes its 5th place in our rankings. With a great look, Karambit’s spinning animation adds value to this dagger-type knife.

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That is the last knife on our list with a mediocre price lower than $10,000 (does anyone really care about an extra hundred bucks at this level of price?). Traditional to elite weaponry, there are only a few pieces on the market with prices varying from $8,500 to $11,300.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $9,900

4. Karambit | Doppler Sapphire

Karambit Doppler Sapphire

Since we are close to the top 3 list after reviewing almost a dozen knives, the Doppler Sapphire skin is finally back in combination with the Karambit blade. As you might notice, it was this skin’s color range that allowed simple Bayonet and Talon knives to enter this list, and for a good reason.

With another great blade painting and contrast compared to in-game textures, Karambit Doppler Sapphire stopped just outside the most expensive knife in CS:GO podium. No surprise, the cost for the available few copies ranges between $9,200 and $12,000.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $10,600

3. M9 Bayonet | Doppler Sapphire

M9 Bayonet Doppler Sapphire

Of course, the combination of the expensive Doppler Sapphire painting and the popular M9 Bayonet knife should be close to the top. It’s quite symbolic that none from the top 3 CS:GO knives list can be bought for cheaper than $10,000 per copy. With a few existing knives on the market, the price for M9 Bayonet Doppler Sapphire starts at $10,800 and goes up to $14,000.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $12,400

2. Butterfly Knife | Gamma Doppler Emerald

Butterfly Knife Gamma Doppler Emerald

With the release date in 2021, Butterfly Knife Gamma Doppler Emerald predictably took place just near the top. It's quite strange that developers delayed combining the butterfly version and the famous green painting for so long.

Butterfly Knife Gamma Doppler Emerald lost to the most expensive knife in CS:GO only a few thousand dollars — the sum that can artificially be raised via rare stickers or decreased supply. The last item, however, can hardly be decreased even more, with only a few on a free trade now, being estimated between $12,800 and $18,400.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $15,600

1. Butterfly Knife | Doppler Sapphire

Butterfly Knife Doppler Sapphire

Finally, we can talk about the most expensive CS:GO knife skin — Butterfly Knife with Doppler Sapphire painting. It's no surprise that this exact combination took the very top. At the same time, it sounds logical enough to believe that Butterfly Knife Doppler Sapphire is the most popular and so the most expensive.

For a rich CS:GO fan, seeing this knife in their hands will cost from $14,900 up to almost $20,000. The rarity is pretty typical for almost every knife in this list, with only a few copies available in various markets.

Quantity available to buy: less than 5
Price: $17,200

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Conclusion

The CS:GO knife skins market is huge, with thousands of copies and variations available for prices starting from about $75. Of course, some crazy owners still want over $30,000 for their Karambit Case Hardened, but this “legend” can be bought even for $1,000.

Answering the question of what is the most expensive CS:GO knife is hard enough as it depends on only a few lucky owners who can change the price anytime. So, be attentive and double check before buying the most expensive accessory for your favorite game.

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FAQ block:

As of 2023, the most expensive knife skin in CS:GO is Butterfly Knife Doppler Sapphire, with the price ranging between $14,900 and $19,500.

The Karambit Case Hardened 387 pattern is technically the most expensive knife skin. However, no copy has ever been sold, and you can buy a knife in similar colors or with a Battle-Scar tag for less than $1,000 in 2023.

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