Usually, the quality of skin is determined by one parameter – float. That value ranges from 0 to 1 where 0 indicates an ideal state and 1 means that the gun was worn and tattered by life into a really sorry state. However, some skins look better in a worse condition. What a paradox!
P2000 Imperial Dragon
The P2000 Imperial Dragon skin belongs to The Gamma Collection. It turned up at the game scene in June 2016. The description is laconic: “Look to the west”. The skin itself features a baseline of red and a dragon design which is drawn using gold colors.
P2000 Imperial Dragon’s price is quite democratic. You can get it for approximately $5 in a state which is close to ideal. The most damaged and battle-worn skin will cost around $2 and by paying $5 you can get a $5 version, which is battle-worn. Which is a much better way to spend your money.
The thing is that the lower the float the darker the colors become and with that the quality of the skin does not degrade. Factory new P2000 Imperial Dragon shimmers with bright orange, gold, and bronze/brown colors. The battle-worn version will delight the player with a baseline Bordeaux color and the shapes will be purple and pink in places.
SSG 08 Abyss
SSG 08 Abyss comes from “The Breakout Collection”, which was added to the game all the way back in 2014. A base of dark color was imprinted with oceanic hues. The cost of the skin is very low. Factory new it costs $2,5 and the battle-worn version costs 40 cents!
As in the case with P2000 Imperial Dragon, as float increases, the skin’s depth and brightness, and color saturation change. At its best quality level, the skin features blue and dark blue colors. As the quality decreases, it fades. As a result, the battle-worn skin is covered in pastel blue and grey.
Considering its low cost, getting a battle-worn SSG 08 Abyss is a great idea.
Glock-18 Bunsen Burner
Another skin that is old and cheap but nevertheless very cool. Glock-17 Bunsen Burner was introduced to the game with The Falchion Collection in May 2015. The pattern is simple: the bolt cover is bluish-green and on the front of it is the image of fire.
As quality goes down, the colors fade and even change. Glock-18 Bunsen Burner, which is factory new, features a light blue flame which is dark blue at the edges, and the base is almost of the same color. Battle-worn, this skin changes to boast darker green colors with blue inserts, the flame becomes much darker too, and near the barrel, there appear bluish-green spots. Considering that StatTrek Glock-18 Bunsen Burner, which is battle-worn, costs a little more than a dollar though, why miss such an opportunity?
M4A1-S Basilisk is a part of The Vanguard Collection and was added to the game in November 2014. It is rather dark skin and the part of the weapon that is lighter is decorated with a motif of a basilisk, which is engraved on. The description is as follows: “ It’s rude to stare, but war isn’t the time for pleasantries”.
As the quality goes down the skin fades but the image is still sharp. In the case of M4A1, it’s worth looking for a more battle-worn version with a lower float index. That means the skin still features much contrast, but it’s still dark enough not to distract you from whatever is happening on-screen. For a battle-worn version (Stat Trak) of M4A1 Basilisk, you’ll have to part with all of 6 dollars.
As follows from the name, Sawed-Off Copper is covered with copper. That’s it. No patterns, paintings, graffiti, stickers, or anything else. Just copper and wood. The skin itself belongs to The Dust Collection and it has been in the game since 2013. This is the only skin today that costs more in a worse condition.
The thing is that copper, unlike iron, doesn’t rust but gets covered with platinum. Even though the processes are similar and the appearance of rust and platinum is to do with oxidization, the result is much different. The color of platinum varies from bright green to cerulean blue.
Sawed-Off Copper loses its original color as the quality goes down. First, the platinum becomes beige and then green. Battle-worn, it becomes avidly green. And with float closer to 1 it becomes pleasantly green with small platinum specks. Nevertheless, a skin like that is not cheap. A battle-worn version will require no less than $20 to be paid.
All Rust Coat knives
Rusty knives don’t come with a Factory New state. They can either be worn or battle-worn. With a low float, they look a lot like Blue Steel with specks of rust. Considering that Rust Coat is a little cheaper this is a good way of saving money, but you would have to look for a while.
If, however, you need an actual rusty knife, you need a Rust Coat in the worst condition. Knives like that are literally covered with rust and only the handles stand out against the background of reddish dark yellow.
M9 Bayonet Rust Coat in a battle-worn state is not expensive compared to the others (only $150).