Survival is a state of mind. If a man does not let himself become defeated, he will survive. In order to prepare a plan to survive any type of catastrophe, you need to become aware of just what is needed to survive. For this article, I’m going to use some images from the movie “Rambo: First Blood.” I know it’s Hollywood, but for the sake of this article, what he does with only a knife goes to show you how versatile it can be, whether it’s a fixed blade or folding knife. The single most difficult thing to reproduce in a survival situation is a knife.

I felt using my SOG Bowie 2.0 knife in this article was appropriate since the movie is based off a Vietnam veteran Special Forces guy using his knife to survive.

So what do you need to survive at a bare minimum, and how can a knife help accomplish that?


You need to cover your body in order to regulate your core temperature and prevent heat loss. If you can’t find clothing, then you need to make some from animal skins, vegetation, or whatever else you can find. In “Rambo: First Blood,” one of the first things he did during his escape and evasion was to find some type of clothing. He found an old tarp and some cordage, and fit them to his upper body to provide protection from the elements. Keep your knife sharp, because the edge of your knife needs to be able to cut through these types of materials.