When it comes to CS:GO knife and glove combos, there is no clear rule. This is a matter of fashion and personal taste. If your style dictates that you should combine the Specialist Gloves Crimson Web skin with a Karambit Damascus Steel skin instead of an M9 Bayonet Marble Fade, that’s entirely up to you.
How to Choose Knife and Gloves Combos
It’s all about aesthetics. You should always combine textures and colors that work well together. And you can do a bit of research about this on google. Some colors, such as green and black, create a natural contrast and stand out beautifully. Others do not.
You can also opt for a mixture of knife skin and gloves skin that features the same colors for both skins.
Some glove skins, such as the Driver Gloves Snow Leopard, work well with a wide variety of knife skins because of their color. That’s in part why they’re so expensive. They look great on their own but can be made to look even better with a great knife skin, such as the Butterfly Knife Crimson Web.
Glove Skins and Knife Skins for Combinations
Here are some of the cool looking gloves that you can start with for your combination. Once you own the gloves, you can search for a knife skin that goes well with them. Or you could work the other way around.
Do some research about these glove skins and see if you like and can afford any of them. Once you own them, finding the right knife becomes much easier.
- Sport Gloves Slingshot
- Sport Gloves Pandora’s Box
- Sport Gloves Hedge Maze
- Sport Gloves Nocts
- Sport Gloves Omega
- Sport Gloves Vice
- Specialist Gloves Forest DDPAT
- Specialist Gloves Foundation
- Specialist Gloves Emerald Web
- Specialist Gloves Crimson Kimono
- Specialist Gloves Fade (Marble Fade)
- Hand Wraps Badlands
- Hand Wraps Slaughter
- Driver Gloves Lunar Weave
- Driver Gloves Crimson Weave
- Driver Gloves Snow Leopard
- Driver Gloves King Snake
- Driver Gloves Rezan the Red
- Driver Gloves Imperial Plaid
- Broken Fang Gloves Jade
- Moto Gloves Blood Pressure
- Moto Gloves Polygon
Many of these are expensive gloves that cost $500 – $1000. One thing that you can do to obtain a pair at a much cheaper price is to compromise on the float value. If you want Factory New or Minimal Wear gloves, they’re going to cost a lot, even if they’re not worth the money.
To unbox a good pair of gloves, you can open cases that contain these exceedingly rare items, such as the Glove Case.
If you start your glove / knife combo with a knife skin, either because you want to prioritize the knife aspect or because you already own a high-quality skin, here are some of the best items that you can buy or unbox:
- M9 Bayonet Doppler
- Butterfly Knife Tiger Tooth
- Karambit Damascus Steel
- Stiletto Knife Doppler
- Gut Knife Doppler
- Huntsman Knife Marble Fade
- Karambit Knife Lore
- Bayonet Tiger Tooth
- Butterfly Knife Autotronic
- Butterfly Knife Crimson Web
- Shadow Daggers Tiger Tooth
- Classic Knife Case Hardened
Some of these are cheap knives, but most aren’t. Good knives are quite expensive, and few players can afford to spend that much money on the top-tier ones. But rest assured, Counter-Strike can be played even with a cheaper knife. After all, a $5000 knife won’t make you a better player. But it will make you look cool when competing.
What to Prioritize
Let’s say you have a fixed budget and want to buy a knife skin and a gloves skin. In that case, you should prioritize the overall result. It’s a complete waste to spend all your money on the knife skin if you don’t have the right gloves for it. The same is true for the gloves.
Decide upfront on a color combination that you love and then on the shapes and textures that you prefer for both of your items. It’s always a good idea to work in this manner and find the right combination. If the items you want to buy cost too much, try buying their cheaper alternatives.
That might mean compromising on the item type and maintaining the color, or it could mean compromising on the float value. Ultimately, the fact that the skin doesn’t look perfect is not that important. A Dragon Lore is still a Dragon Lore, even if it’s Well-Worn or Battle-Scarred.
If you can, try to stay above the Field Tested level. But if you really like a combo and need to make compromises, go for it. High float skins are the last thing you should consider. The most important variables are shape, texture, and color.
Always ask yourself: what is the most important thing for me? It might be a very specific item and that means you will need to build your combo around it. Or you may simply like a mix of colors, case in which it’s much easier to find a combination that satisfies you and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg on the Steam Market.