Bowie Knife Fade: Percentage Values & Seed Patterns

November 6th, 2023
Bowie Knife Fade: Percentage Values & Seed Patterns
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The Bowie Knife made its debut in CS2 all the way back in 2016 as an exclusive rare drop in the Wildfire case, in 13 different finishes. In terms of size, it may well be the largest knife in the game, but its popularity among the community is inversely proportional to it. Although the design of the Knife is pretty decent, there is nothing that sets it apart where it can be placed among the mid or high-tier knives. The inspect and equip animations for the Bowie may be simplistic, but the real deal-breaker for some is that when equipped, only the knife hand is visible on the screen, which means you can’t see both gloves when you have the knife out.

For most others who don’t care about fancy animations, this lack of popularity for the Bowie is a blessing, since this presents an opportunity to get some of the best finishes such as the Gamma Doppler, and Doppler at comparatively cheaper prices than those for more popular knives. The Fade is another one of these great finishes for the Bowie, which is reflected in its price as one of the most expensive finishes for the Knife. Although it may seem like a brilliant yet simple skin, there are many complexities involved that must be understood before putting the first Bowie Knife Fade you see listed in your online cart and checking out. These are precisely what we will be covering in this guide, so read on to find out everything there is to know about this finish for the Bowie.

Bowie Knife Fade Guide

The Fade Percentage Calculator is the most accurate tool available online to assess how different Fade percentages reflect on a particular weapon in real-time. For your convenience, this calculator has been directly embedded on CSGOSKINS.GG and can be viewed below:

Fade Image

How to use the Fade Calculator:

At the top of this calculator is a slider that you can manually adjust from 80-100% Fade value to see how these percentages reflect on the Bowie Knife in-game. The weapon model in the middle of the page reflects the changes in percentage in real-time to give you an accurate idea. Alternatively, if you want to assess how a particular seed pattern looks and its corresponding Fade percentage, you can enter the value in the field at top right. The table at the bottom of the calculator shows the seed number you entered, its rank compared to other patterns, and its Fade percentage as a numerical value. If you do not enter a seed number but manually move the slider to a specific percentage you like, the table shows all seed patterns that carry that Fade percentage.

Impact Of Seed Patterns On The Value Of A Bowie Knife Fade

Seed patterns are the most important facet that requires consideration either when selecting a Bowie Knife for purchase, or when attempting to put a value on one. There are 1000 different seed patterns for the Fade finish numbered from 0-999, each carrying a different Fade percentage that is transferred on the weapon skin, anywhere from 80-100%, which is applicable to the Bowie Knife Fade as well. Seed patterns with low Fade percentages are generally less valued since they leave parts of the weapon unpainted. On the Bowie Knife Fade, seed pattern 412 is an example of this, which gives an 80% Fade, and leaves around 10% of the lower part of the blade unpainted. The top seed patterns such as 763, 575, 897, and 636, have the whole blade covered in the pattern with the highest amount of purple at the tip, which is the most valued Fade color to have on the Bowie.

Impact Of Float Values On The Bowie Knife Fade

On Fade finishes for knives, there are only two wear conditions, which are Factory New (0.00-0.07) and Minimal Wear (0.07-0.08). These determine the level of abrasions or scratches visible on the surface of the skin and tend to get worse as the wear level increases. However, there is no discernible impact to the Bowie Knife Fade finish at any float value.

Obtaining A Bowie Knife Fade

There are quite a few ways you can go about getting a Bowie Knife Fade. Let’s get the first one out of the way quickly, and then we will talk about the other ones. Trading had been at the forefront of CS2 skins for a very long time, but in recent years, in large part owing to the trade hold, has diminished considerably as a method for acquiring skins. If you wish to go down this road, your best bet is to ask members of the community if someone owns a Bowie Knife Fade and wants to trade it. However, make sure you have sufficient information about trading to avoid scams and hacking traps.

The next method at your disposal is that of opening cases, more specifically the Operation Wildfire Case, which is the sole case to have the Bowie Knife Fade as a rare drop. However, bear in mind that we do not encourage case openings for a number of important reasons. For one, it is a very risky endeavor with a high chance of incurring a financial loss. Secondly, there is no guarantee that you will end up getting a rare drop despite opening hundreds of cases. Lastly, even if you get a rare drop, there are 12 other finishes for the Bowie Knife besides Fade which you could end up getting instead.

As such, the best way to acquire the Knife is to simply buy it directly from the market. To make things easier, we have all the listings from the most reputed third-party marketplaces dealing in CS2 skins, which you can access via the link embedded below:

★ Bowie Knife | Fade (Factory New)
★ Bowie Knife | Fade (Factory New)
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Concluding Remarks

If you want a great-looking knife and are not concerned about the animations, the Bowie Knife Fade is one of the best options at its price point. On the Source 2 engine, it looks even better and seems to be a great investment going forward. We hope that this guide was able to help you understand all the complexities of the Fade pattern for the Bowie Knife, and will make your purchasing decisions easier. However, if you are still unsure, you can check out all the other great finishes for the Bowie, some of which might end up being even cheaper.

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