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Who Designed the Knives Used in Rambo 5: Last Blood?

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Dietmar Pohl (left) designed and made the two knives used for the Rambo 5 movie, starring Sylvester Stallone (right). (Photo via

Answer: Dietmar Pohl designed the two knives used in Rambo 5: Last Blood, called the MK-9 and MK-8.

Whereas in years past, the titular character of the Rambo movies carried a single knife on the silver screen, Rambo 5: Last Blood will feature two blades. Both were designed by Dietmar Pohl, a German custom knife designer.

Pohl joins Jimmy Lile and Gil Hibben on the roster of those supplying Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. As a testament to the longevity of the franchise, and the importance of the knives appearing in the movies, Pohl cited Lile’s First Blood knife as an early influence on his path to knifemaking. In fact, he even came into possession of one of Lile’s movie originals.

“It closes a circle,” Pohl said in the video above about the chance to supply Rambo 5. He echoed the comment on Twitter.



“You just don’t turn it off” Sylvester Stallone posted on Instagram about the “Heartstopper” knife, pictured here. (Photo via

Nicknamed the “Heartstopper,” the Pohl’s MK-9 is the larger of the two knives Rambo uses in Rambo 5. Pohl said the MK-9 pays homage to the survival knife featured in First Blood, tweaked for a modern tactical aesthetic.


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The MK-8 is the smaller of Pohl’s Rambo knives. This time, the maker dipped even further back into knife history for inspiration, paying respects to the bowie design that influenced the First Blood knife.

Where to Get Rambo 5 Knives

Pohl is keeping reproductions of Rambo knives in-house. Collectors can order direct at, a website he created exclusively for the MK-9 and MK-8.

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Keep Reading About Knives Used in the Rambo Movies

Browse BLADE‘s archives about the knives designed and made for First BloodFirst Blood: Part 2Rambo III and Rambo.

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