Returning from the first Black Ops, this spring-loaded blade rounds out the special weapons on offer, and is unlocked at level 49.The Ballistic Knife is a futuristic interpretation of earlier Soviet designs, where spring-loaded blades or 'Plum knives' emerged in the late 1970s.Not much more than a knife blade latched in a spring loaded tube, the real-life effectiveness of such a weapon is questionable.
They were supposedly employed by elite Speztnaz troops, but there is some doubt as to whether this is actually the case: most examples seen were manufactured as rather dangerous novelty weapons within the United States. Soviet forces did make limited use of a survival knife capable of firing a single pistol cartridge, however: the NRS-2 Special Scout Knife.
No doubt more effective than anything launched with springs, the blade on such weapons was fixed - and aside from the shooting mechanism in the handle, functioned in the same fashions any other fixed blade. In-game, the Ballistic Knife's damage is uncompromising: a successful hit with a launched blade will always result in a one-shot kill.
Your accuracy with the weapon is challenged by the non-linear trajectory your blade will take: dropping over time to carve a graceful parabolic arc. This, coupled with the fact that the projectile has a non-zero travel time, will mean that longer distance shots require a touch of adjustment: you must aim above and ahead of your intended mark. The further away the enemy, the higher you'll need to aim - and in the case of moving targets you must predict their path and aim to strike ahead.
These factors make aiming difficult - and luck is a huge factor, no doubt - but it’s worth bearing in mind in cases where you're going for distant targets. Rate of fire is low - the need to reload after every single shot is the major limiting factor here. Given the high lethality and low fire rate, it's worth taking at least a little time to aim - as a miss will leave you vulnerable.
Technically all fire with the ballistic knife is from the hip, but hip fire spread is not a factor, with your shots going precisely where you aim them. Handling is generally pretty good: recoil is not a factor given the single shot nature and slow fire rate, and the instant pinpoint accuracy from the hip means there's no aim time to speak of, either. Switch times are very good, and your mobility almost superhuman, as you'll move at 102 percent of the base speed.
You’ll only get a single shot per reload with the ballistic knife, so you can consider the magazine capacity particularly low: although thankfully reloads are very quick, taking just over a second to complete. You’ll spawn with 4 blades in total: 1 ready to fire, and 3 in reserve. It’s also entirely possible to retrieve any fired blades from where they land: simply walk over them to collect. If you're diligent and track down your blades, you'll be able to retain sufficient supply for sustained use of the weapon.
Our build with the Ballistic knife is all about such sustainable use of your equipment: the ability to resupply your lethal blades and tactical options a core strategy. Beyond this, we'll also be making sure your mobility is up to snuff for direct employment of your bladed instrument - and to that end, our first selection is Lightweight. A 7 percent boost to your mobility useful in terms of getting close to your opponent- and here the conventional stabbing ability of your knife can be employed in cases where you don't want to break stealth by firing a blade. Next, Perk 2 Greed permits two choices from the second tier - for a particularly potent combination for an equipment-heavy build. First is Scavenger - with this perk equipped you'll resupply your supply of knives, lethal sand tactical in one fell swoop.
This means, especially for beginners, you can worry less about your remaining supply - and instead focus on your target. Paired with our next choice, Fast Hands - equipment can become an integral part of your overall strategy, as you'll be able to toss your ordnance more readily while enjoying the benefits of frequent top-ups.