A knife is a handy tool at the best of times, and our extensive range of knives, from the bowie knife to the Swiss Army knife, can get you out of any sticky situation in the wild. And it is not just in the real world where a knife will always get the job done, as the cinematic world has shown us there have been quite a few times a knife has been a vital tool to get you out of a mess.

Have a look below at some of the best knife fights seen on the big screen:

Kick-Ass (2010)

This punchy comic book movie was a surprising success, and many people immediately loved the father-daughter crime fighting duo of Big Daddy and Hit Girl. And when Hit Girl gets a butterfly knife for a birthday present, you can only hope what comes next. The young superhero shows off an excellent technique with the deadly blade, as well as using some samurai swords, as she takes out a room full of gangsters and drug dealers. The scene is made even better with the most upbeat music which doesn’t match the scene at all.

The Raid 2 (2014)

The follow-up to The Raid, a ridiculously fun Indonesian martial arts crime film, The Raid 2 had to have bigger and better fight scenes, and it did not disappoint. The perfectly choreographed fight scene between the hero Rama against a duo of assassins toward the end of the film is thrilling and gruesome. The fight featured karambit knives, curved and serrated blades and took a whole week to film too. There solid five minutes of choreographed violence does have a certain grace to it, and you will be feeling as out of breath as Rama is too.

Eastern Promises (2007)

This fight scene, just like in The Raid 2, is not for the faint-hearted. The film which tells the story of Russian mobsters in London is brutal. Viggo Mortensen portrays a ‘cleaner’ for the Russian mob family and the most famous scene from the film is the knife fight. The twist? He is fighting nude in a bathhouse. Often called one of the most graphic depictions of violence, the fight scene features linoleum cutters which add a certain tension as the blade is only a few centimetres long.

The Hunted (2003)

This a scene which proves the older man can still fight back, with Tommy Lee Jones fighting one-on-one with Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro is a former assassin and Jones is an instructor in military survival and combat skills. The brutal scene will have you on the edge of your seat. For four solid minutes, the two are fighting to the death, slashing and stabbing and drawing lots of blood. And to make it more cinematic, a waterfall thunders behind them providing some distracting scenery.

The Grey (2011)

Our last movie knife fight is not man vs man, but rather Liam Neeson vs wolves. There are many nail-biting scenes throughout the film, but it all culminates in Liam Neeson fighting the alpha wolf with a knife, and one of the craziest make-shift weapons seen in a film – broken mini liquor bottles taped to his fists. Sadly, we do not get to see the outcome, but we have to believe it’s Neeson.

Nevertheless, “knife fights are not like the movies; they’re short, bloody and everyone loses”. These scenes were all carefully choreographed, so don’t repeat them at home! And if anyone knows where that quote comes from, they get 10 internet points!

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