Zewikia weapon knife css
Alternate name(s)

Kabar Knife

Used by
  • Counter-Terrorists
  • Terrorists

The knife is the only melee weapon in featured in Counter-Strike: Source. Every player has a knife by default and unlike any other weapons, it cannot be dropped.


These specifications are generalised to make it easy for people who want to play the zombie escape mod, and therefor only the specifications of the weapon relative to the gameplay will be displayed for easy understanding.

Primary attack Yes Fast but weak stab
Secondary Attack Yes Slow but strong stab

Damage min = 15

max = 195 (backstab)

Knockback (against zombies) Excruciatly high*
Recoil (of the weapon) None
Rate of fire ± 3 fast stabs/s
1 slow stab/s
Speed reduction None
Reloading time None
Accuracy None

Note: * Knifing a zombie while it jumps can make the zombie easily fly/launch at the the other side of the map when there aren't any clipping walls. Only knife if you are sure there aren't any drastic consequences!


The knife has no overal usage as anyone will always carry one, but its a very, very famous and highly favored weapon by almost all players for several reasons:

  • First of all, in the zombie escape mod, zombies can only use a knife, thus being their only weapon. Secondly, achieving knife kills is considered professional by many players.
  • It's also a very good weapon when you are face-to-face with an enemy, since hitting an enemy with the knife will usually end up in the enemy being distracted and panic, eventually shooting nowhere as a last resort and finally being killed.
  • You should note that using the knife as a human against zombies will (almost) always result in you being zombified. If not, the knife provides an unusual high knockback (see note)!
  • One of the most popular uses of the knife is using it as an escape tool, since it has a very low weight.