Counter-Strike 2 knife commands list & how to test them for free

Counter-Strike 2 knife commands list & how to test them for free
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Written by 

Harry Boulton

Last updated 

5th Dec 2023 09:35


Knives aren't cheap in Counter-Strike, and they often fill the top spots in the most expensive skins you can buy - but thankfully there is a way to test them all for free with console commands so you can save an expensive mistake.

We've all dreamed of our ideal knife from afar, with either the hopes of bagging one from a case or looking at them longingly on the game's community market. You never know truly what you like until you see it in-game though, and you can test for as long as you want with the commands right here.

How to test knives for free in Counter-Strike 2

In order to test knives in Counter-Strike 2, you will first need to ensure that the developer console is enabled. To do so:

  • Head to the 'Game' section of the Settings menu
  • Scroll down
  • Check that the 'Enable Developer Console (~)' setting is set to 'Yes'

Image showing you how to enable the developer console in CS2
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After that, you'll want to select the 'Play' option at the top and then the 'Practice' tab. From there, change the game mode to 'Casual' and make sure that both 'Infinite Warmup' and 'Infinite Ammo' are enabled on the left-hand side. This will allow you to play for as long as you want with no bots so you're free to test fully.

Pick your map of choice, then press 'Go' in the bottom left to get started. Once you're on the map, you'll want to open the developer console by pressing the tilde (~) button in the top left of your keyboard. Once that is open, type the following commands into the window, pressing the enter key after each one:

  • sv_cheats true
  • mp_drop_knife_enable true

Once you've entered those, close the developer console and drop both your gun and your knife by pressing the G key. From there you'll have nothing on you and be ready to spawn new knives into the map.

Image showing one of the knife console commands being typed into the developer console in CS2
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This is what typing the knife commands into the console should look like.

You will need to make sure that you've left the buy area as you cannot spawn knives in there, but anywhere else on the map will do. Now, point your crosshair at the floor and open the developer console again. Type in any of the knife commands listed below and your new knife will spawn when you're aiming, allowing you to pick it up and test it out for as long as you want.

If you want to take screenshots of your knife without any HUD interference, just open up the developer console once again and enter cl_drawhud false and any on-screen elements will be removed.

It's also worth mentioning that some custom servers like surf or bhop have custom plug-ins that let players use commands to get knives and skins for free, though they only work on those specific servers.

CS2 knife commands list

Use any of the knife commands listed below in your custom game to see what they look and feel like in-game:

Knife Knife Command
Bayonet subclass_create 500
Bowie Knife subclass_create 514
Butterfly Knife subclass_create 515
Classic Knife subclass_create 503
Falchion Knife subclass_create 512
Flip Knife subclass_create 505
Gut Knife subclass_create 506
Huntsman Knife subclass_create 509
Karambit subclass_create 507
Kukri Knife subclass_create 526

Image of the Kukri knife in CS2
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Kukri Knife

Knife Knife Command
M9 Bayonet subclass_create 508
Navaja Knife subclass_create 520
Nomad Knife subclass_create 521
Paracord Knife subclass_create 517
Shadow Daggers subclass_create 516
Skeleton Knife subclass_create 525
Stiletto Knife subclass_create 522
Survival Knife subclass_create 518
Talon Knife subclass_create 523
Ursus Knife subclass_create 519

Image of the Stiletto knife in CS2
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Stiletto Knife

These will unfortunately only give you the base skin of the knife, so there is no way to try out any of the special variants that typically go for hundreds to thousands of dollars.

However, it is still a great way to get a feel for the knife in-game, in addition to seeing all of the animations. After all, you are dropping a fair amount on it, so you'd better be sure you like it.

The Paracord Knife is by far my favourite, and getting to use it in-game in some capacity is definitely great for me. I'm certainly not willing to drop as much as it would take to actually have one in my inventory - so this is the best I can get for now.

So, that wraps up this guide for the Counter-Strike 2 knife commands, letting you know how you can try out all of the melee weapons in the game.

Make sure to also check out our dedicated Counter-Strike homepage, as we've got loads of tips and tricks you can use to improve in-game, including all of the best pro player crosshair codes if you want to enhance your aim.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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