In many movies, the cool knives get more attention than the actors themselves. I certainly have my favorite survival blades over the years and they all aren’t necessarily knives. You’re already thinking of some I’m sure. Below are my TOP 7 SURVIVAL MOVIE BLADES.
# 1: First Blood: Rambo’s Survival Knife
How could this knife not be #1. RAMBO is synonymous with survival and this knife is basically where the phrase “survival knife” came from. The design with hollow handle and included mini survival kit was revolutionary at the time and everyone had to have one. This knife was my first survival knife. I got a cheaper knock-off version of the authentic movie replica but I was 10 years old and didn’t care. It was and still is my RAMBO knife. I still have it. It’s actually in a shadow box hanging on my wall. This knife played a big part in my love for survival. Below is the one I got when I was 10.
The authentic version looks like this.
Here’s a link to a great history of the Rambo knives if you’re interested: http://www.cartertown.com/rambo1.htm
#2 The Edge: The Lockback Folder
I love that this knife isn’t an ‘in your face’ survival knife. It’s a basic lockback folder. THE EDGE is one of my favorite movies with a classic survival story; a plane crashes and a group of guys have to survive deep in the bush (while also being hunted by a blood thirsty grizzly). Even though it’s just a movie, it is a simple reminder that even a basic every day carry pocket knife can make a huge difference in helping to provide basic survival needs. If you don’t already, consider carrying an every day carry pocket knife. It just makes good survival sense – you never know!
Want to own a knife just like this? Here is the guy that made the movie version: http://www.lyttleknives.com/gedgcm.htm
#3: Book of Eli: Wicked Machete
This is definitely on my short list of favorite survival movies. In my opinion, Eli’s machete is one of the coolest in any movie I’ve watched. I think, though, that it’s his skill in using it that makes it so cool. This is the trick with all good blades and weapons, the effectiveness is really in the hands of the one who wields it. Choose your blade and practice using it. Skill and effectiveness will soon follow. That’s where the admirable stuff comes from. Anyone can buy a knife.
#4: Rambo First Blood Part II: Rambo’s Push Daggers
These daggers are often overlooked when discussing Rambo blades but these little suckers were critical in getting him out of mess. He used them to lay waste to an entire boat full of bad guys. Having back up blades on our person ‘just in case’ is a great idea. There are so many concealable and comfortable options these days. There is really no reason to ever be unarmed. I love these blades and this is one of my favorite scenes in the whole Rambo series.
#5: The Patriot: Tomahawk
Ok, there is nothing cooler than accurately throwing a tomahawk. That is just flat out awesome. This scene where Mel takes out an entire mess of redcoats is gory but his use of the tomahawk is beyond impressive. It’s no wonder why natives used them so extensively. This is one of the few ‘tools’ that also doubles as an incredibly awesome looking weapon. I was at the Blade Show in GA a couple years ago and met two brothers who make some of the coolest tomahawks I’ve ever had the honor of holding. If you’re looking for a sweet hawk you have to check them out: http://www.2hawks.net/.
#6: The Hunted: Tom Brown Tracker Knife
Benicio Del Toro uses this knife like a beast in the movie THE HUNTED. Most people either love or hate this knife. I like it. The movie made it famous but I appreciate the unique design regardless. It’s hard to design a new and unique knife and I think Mr. Brown did a great job keeping it simple and functional. It’s definitely different. I also like that it’s designed by a survival instructor. It actually comes with a manual that describes the many ways one can use it. Here is a link to the instruction manual if you’re curious: http://topsknives.com/pdf/topsknives_tracker_instructions.pdf. It’s made by TOPS and some more photos can be found here: http://www.topsknives.com/product_info.php?products_id=155
#7: Crocodile Dundee: Dundee’s Bowie Knife
Chuckle. “That’s not a knife… this is a knife.” You know you’ve said it! This is one of the most famous movie quotes in the history of television. I remember when you could carry knives like that. Now, people look at you like you’ve got a bomb strapped to your forehead. That fact still doesn’t sway my love for a good well-made classic bowie knife. Though he made this knife style famous, they have the reputation to back it up.
I’m sure there are plenty of other great movie survival knives out there. Which ones am I missing? What are your favorites? Have you ever bought a movie replica knife?
Want to see what knife I’m using these days? It’s called the CS SLAYBACK and you can find more information about it by clicking the photo below or HERE.
Remember, it’s not IF but when,
Creek Stewart is the Owner & Lead Instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor Survival School located in Central Indiana & online at https://willowhavenoutdoor.com.