Top Seven Badass Action Movie Knives

April 13, 2011
There’s something hypnotic about knives. I honestly have no real idea why, but anytime an action hero reaches for his trusty blade when his life is in serious jeopardy, I can’t help but be instantly transported to my mental man cave habitat. Don’t lie, you know the same damn thing happens to you too.

7. Under Siege - Kitchen Knife

Source: Warner Bros.

After first witnessing Steven Seagal’s skills at saving the day with his trusty kitchen knife in the action classic Under Siege, I knew I had to step up my cooking skills ASAP.

First and foremost, Under Siege was Steven Seagal’s last decent action film. This one had it all. A great hero, a sinister villain played by the always-amazing Tommy Lee Jones, and the unlimited use of one of the world’s most perfect fighting weapons: the kitchen knife. I was under the impression that the classic kitchen tool should only be used for chopping up virgin teens in films like Halloween, but Seagal’s snazzy wielding of the steel tool instantly changed my mind. A topless Erika Eleniak jumping out of a cake didn’t hurt things either.

6. Cobra - The Night Slasher’s Knife

Source: Warner Bros./Cannon Films

As Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, Sly Stallone plays with a lot of cool action toys throughout the entirety of the cult classic Cobra, but the spiked blade Brian Thompson uses as the Night Slasher takes the badass cake.

Featuring a G-10 knuckle guard handle with ten spikes, the knife made famous in the 1986 film would typically be seen in some kind of teen slasher flick. Although, in this case, the deadly blade works perfectly as the main weapon of choice for a killer about to get his ass handed to him by the cure to all crimes. Nobody does it better, people.

5. Desperado - Cold Steel Knives

Source: Columbia Pictures

Before he headlined the greatest mexploitation film ever made, Danny Trejo got his real break as the cold steel knife-wielding badass Navajas in Robert Rodriguez’s action opus Desperado. This was the film that legitimately introduced Mr. Trejo to the world, and it also proved that a knife can truly be mightier than an automatic weapon. Desperado was pretty revolutionary in terms of its creative use of weapons and the cold steel knife was no different. With each and every throw, Navajas did things on screen with this trusty weapon few thought possible. Machete is badass, but this is where it all started, y’all.

4. Reservoir Dogs - Straight Razor

Source: Miramax Films

The minute we see Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) reach for his trusty straight razor from his boot in the now-classic “Ear Scene” from Reservoir Dogs, you knew the s**t was truly about to hit the fan.

Straight razors have been a staple among some of cinema’s most popular films, but Madsen’s brilliant work of cutting off a cop’s ear during a dance session to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” is easily the blade’s most badass role to date. How could it not be? With one dastardly slice, Quentin Tarantino handed viewers the first of many movie moments that would be near impossible to erase from our minds. Thanks, QT.

3. Big Trouble in Little China - Gerber Tac II

Source: 20th Century Fox

Not only is this one of movie’s most badass blades, Jack Burton’s classic Gerber Tac II from Big Trouble in Little China also single-handedly helped save the entire planet earth from David Lo Pan’s wrath from beyond the grave. It also didn’t hurt that Jack Burton himself used his superhuman reflexes to throw the discontinued knife directly into Lo Pan’s forehead. I would even go as far as to say that the knife should literally consider itself lucky to have been used by someone so badass as Burton. It’s all in the reflexes…

2. Crocodile Dundee - Bowie Knife

Source: Paramount Pictures

This list would not be complete without Crocodile Dundee’s epic Bowie Knife and the classic scene that skyrocketed this badass blade to superstardom.

Paul Hogan was a hot item back in the mid to late-‘80s, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that the notorious “knife” scene from this beloved 1986 comedy is easily the standout moment from his career as well as the entire Dundee franchise. “That's not a knife. Now THAT's a knife.” In-deed. Like Rambo, I remember seeing this movie and instantly wanting a knife exactly like the one Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee carried throughout the film. I literally just watched this scene for the first time in over 10 years and I can honestly say that I feel the same way I did when I was a kid. Heading to eBay now…

1. Rambo: First Blood Part II – Epic Survival Knife

Source: TriStar Pictures

From Rambo to Cobra, Sylvester Stallone has always had a knack for unveiling quirky weapons that are deadly as they come and chock full of serious physical character. 1982’s First Blood featured the deadly Buckmaster in epic fashion, but it was the over-the-top action bonanza from Rambo: First Blood Part II that shot the larger-than-life knife to hall of fame status.I vividly remember having a plastic version of the Rambo II Buckmaster when I was a kid and it seriously made me the coolest sprat on the block. How could it not? Besides a handful of classic horror flicks, this knife might be the most famous of all non-gun weapons ever seen on the big screen. This survival knife is so rad that, in my opinion, it totally eclipsed every automatic weapon used throughout Rambo: First Blood Part II. Now that’s a knife.