Three Reasons Why Rambo Doesn’t Own a Swiss Army Knife

When you think of a BIG survival knife, you probably think of Rambo. You may also be tempted to dismiss big battle blades as impractical for real survival in a non-action-movie world.

But if you read our survival weapons guide, you’d know that these oversized pig-stickers CAN save your life when it all goes wrong.

In fact, big knives can do things that small knives can’t (or that smaller blades don’t do as well). So what’s the best survival knife?

Well, Rambo has three little known reasons why HIS knife rules…

Obstacle Breaching

A big ol’ Rambo knife can give you power and leverage that smaller blades can’t.

This is useful for when you need a lever, pry bar or simply a large cutter to help you get through a barrier or rescue someone trapped in a vehicle.

Survival knives supplied to airmen had serrations specifically to help them cut through the aluminum skin of aircraft.

A nice, big knife can get you through a door jamb or window with ease… and with brute force if the “ease” part doesn’t work out.

Try to pull off any of that with a Swiss Army knife, MacGyver!

Improvised Axe

A big survival knife can be used to hack down small trees and chop wood when you don’t have an axe.

A sturdy survival knife can be “batoned” through wood — just stand a cut log vertically (like you would if you were using an axe).

Then place the blade edge directly over it and pound it with another hunk of wood like a hammer until you work the knife down through the log.

Your pocket blade can’t do that!

Superior Fighter

I know most survivalists think that a firearm is the best survival weapon — and most of the time it is.

But the secret to building the best survival weapon arsenal is to know the right weapon to use at the right time.

Gunshots have a way of attracting unwanted attention. And in a collapse environment — even if you were justified in shooting — you can be sure that your firearm will be confiscated by law enforcement or military (or even looters who want what you’ve got).

But even in unskilled hands, a big knife gives you a serious “back off now!” factor. Plus, the advantage of reach and power if you need to defend your life — especially if you no longer have a firearm as an option.

The Best Survival Knife for When the SHTF

When you’re “wheels up” and bugging out because of a disaster or collapse, your choice of a big survival blade is one of the most important gear decisions you’ll make.

When I’m out camping, I use my knife several times a day. It’s my most trusted utility companion.

Right now, I’m a big fan of my Gerber LMFII, but everyone has their own personal preference.

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Chris Campbell

Written By Jeff Anderson

As a lifelong student of what he calls "survival arts", it was Jeff Anderson’s military training that led him to seek out strategies that would protect not only himself on the battlefield... but also provide for his family's own self-reliance in any sort of disaster, crisis or collapse. After 10 years of military training in elite infantry units around the world, Jeff began working as a security consultant and executive protection specialist for private clients and the entertainment industry. Specializing in military style hand-to-hand and weapons combat, Jeff offered classes and seminars based on practicality and battlefield effectiveness. In Jeff’s survival training, it was his service overseas and in combat missions, that he was able to get a first-hand glimpse of what a city gripped in collapse and without rule of law is like for its citizens. He uses his unique experience to inject a more realistic view of what to expect in survival scenarios and provide practical solutions — even in extreme environments — for true survivalists. Ultimately his training and experience led him to create the digital media channel for Modern Combat and Survival magazine which is fueled by more than 100 of the world’s top instructors in law enforcement, military and civilian survival schools.