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Any EMTs -- Carry Knife?

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

  1. cuervo


    Jan 18, 2005
    [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.

    Colt has a line that is pretty close except maybe for the fast opening.

    Spiderco & Kershaw, no external cutter.

  2. Slinger646

    Slinger646 King of Sling

    Sep 5, 2004
    In the Mountains of VA
    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

    May 17, 2005
    Land O lakes, FL
    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

    Feb 28, 2001
    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

    May 16, 2005
    Where the buffalo roam
    Smith & Wesson "First Response". Flat point, belt cutter blade and glass breaking spring-loaded point.
  6. Privatejoker

    Privatejoker Bang Bang Bang

    Jan 13, 2003
  7. AggiePhil

    AggiePhil ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Nov 21, 2004
    I carry a Benchmade McHenry & Williams and absolutely love it.
  8. demusn79


    May 21, 2005
    non pointed blade!!!! argh!!! democnife


  9. lomfs24


    Apr 19, 2003
    I carry a Smith and Wesson First Responder 911 knife.

    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


    Mar 22, 2005
    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.
  11. 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

    Feb 28, 2001

    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

    Nov 21, 2004
    Maybe so, buy sure is fun!!! ;f ;a
  14. cuervo


    Jan 18, 2005
    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!

    Mar 20, 2003
    Land of the toothless!
    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. 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

    Jan 13, 2003
    +1 for the Spyderco Rescue.
  18. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    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.

  19. oldstyle

    oldstyle Jeep Pirate

    Jan 31, 2002
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Me too! Mine is the smaller 705. My all time favorite knife.
  20. jim2037


    Mar 5, 2005
    I lost my spyderco rescue on a call last week!