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Any EMTs -- Carry Knife?

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by cuervo, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. cuervo

    cuervo

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    [edit: Meant to post in Cop Talk, but maybe it fits here, too, or Mods will move it.]

    [edit again: I never noticed the FF/EMS Forum here. Maybe Mods will move this to the FF/EMS forum.]

    I figured this might get answered here and is maybe a follow-up to an earlier post I asked on switchblades in NC. I had asked about switchblades because I was looking at a Microtech MSE but would like to find something that is close to it but in a manual version.

    So, as far as something to cut webbing and break glass, what does anyone carry? The features I'd like to have are: non-pointed blade, carbide glass breaker, line cutter without having to open knife, and maybe assisted opening when opening is necessary.

    I'm not looking to be a EMT-wanta-be, anymore than a CCW makes me a Cop-wanta-be. I do believe, though, that in any situation, I am my first line of defense and/or rescue.

    I've looked at SOG's new Trident and it fits pretty close except it has a pointed blade.
    http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/store_detail.html?s=SOGTF1

    Colt has a line that is pretty close except maybe for the fast opening.
    http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/store_detail.html?s=CT0101EMSB

    Spiderco & Kershaw, no external cutter.
    http://www.knivesplus.com/spyderco-knife-assist-sp-c79psbk.html
    http://www.botac.com/kerebl.html

    tia
     
  2. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

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    I carry a SOG trident and a Smith & Wesson First Response. Maybe a Mod could move this to FF/EMS section of GT
     

  3. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

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    I have the Colt for work and it sucks, if you get it unscrew the allen bolts and use locktite, i lost about 3-4 screws, they just fell out. I used to use the knife on fire scenes alot but have since started to use my cold steel Recon1 instead, its over engeneered and will last longer, however I cant use it for med cause of the pointed blade. The Colt would be my choice for MEDICAL but use loctite. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Cold Steel makes a very good knife for the money. Just don't order direct as you can save a lot by ordering from a online dealer.
     
  5. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    Smith & Wesson "First Response". Flat point, belt cutter blade and glass breaking spring-loaded point.
     
  6. Privatejoker

    Privatejoker Bang Bang Bang

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    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I carry a Benchmade McHenry & Williams and absolutely love it.
     
  8. demusn79

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    non pointed blade!!!! argh!!! democnife



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  9. lomfs24

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    I carry a Smith and Wesson First Responder 911 knife.
    http://www.888knivesrus.com/product/SW911

    You can find them a lot cheaper on ebay but there is a picture of one.

    My whole department loved mine except one guy who didn't like the open blade for a seat belt cutter but you would really have to work to cut someone with it. Not saying you couldn't it just wouldn't be unintentional.
     
  10. jbcarr25

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    Try a SOG Flash, I've got the Flash Tanto, this thing is great. Opens fast and never fails to slice through anything I need it to and it holds a razor edge for longer than most others I've used.

    http://www.sogknives.com/flash.htm
     
  11. Charlie Fox

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    IMHO these specialized "EMT Knives" are just a marketing ploy. In 22 years of service I have had to punch 1 window, and I did than with an axe head. As for seat belts I have NEVER had to cut one, ever. So all this add-on stuff is extra weight. If you're concerned with a pointy knife get a Spyderco Rescue and call it good. :cool:
     
  12. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    I have heard that the actual times a seat belt needs to be cut is very small. I am interested in what others have to say about this.
     
  13. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Maybe so, buy hey...it sure is fun!!! ;f ;a
     
  14. cuervo

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    Charlie Fox,

    Good point, and I'm probably trying to kill too many birds with one stone.

    To some extent, I'm thinking of both getting into someone else's car if I ever happen upon an accident and getting out of mine if I need to; not to mention just everyday use.

    Thanks for the input everyone.
     
  15. DaleGribble

    DaleGribble Sandwich!

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    Same here!

    I carry two pocket folders, a Gerber and a Kershaw, neither one of them have anything to do with pt care! If I ever need to cut a seat belt, which I never have, I'll use my trauma shears.

    If I ever need to break a window I'll just use my fist, Terminator style! The ladies would love that! ;f
     
  16. Line Rider

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    I was an EMT back n the 1980's. I carried a Buck 110 Folding Hunter. Great knife, I never had a problem with it.
     
  17. Privatejoker

    Privatejoker Bang Bang Bang

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    +1 for the Spyderco Rescue.
     
  18. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I carry a Kershaw Speed Safe partially serrated. I've had Spyderco's as well as other brands, but for my money the Kershaw is wonderful!!! Great, fast, simple.

    A lot of guys around her carry wacker packs (trauma shears, penlight, scissors, but so far my knife has gotten be by just fine when needed.

    -Emt1581
     
  19. oldstyle

    oldstyle Jeep Pirate

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    Me too! Mine is the smaller 705. My all time favorite knife.
     
  20. jim2037

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    I lost my spyderco rescue on a call last week!


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