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DIYPatriot
03-12-2015, 16:23
My wife has completed her EMT course and will take the national registry tomorrow. She loves blades and really appreciated her Spartan Phrike (https://spartanbladesusa.com/Phrike-Self-Defense-Utility) that Mr. Carey so nicely rushed to her before she shipped out in 2012. Not to sidetrack, but that is one heck of a blade, Mark. Sometimes I sneak off with it whenever I hit the trails for a weekend. It has taken a beating and holds a good edge. Well done, sir.

I am curious if any of you have a recommendation for a multi-tool/blade that she could carry on the job. I'm not sure what features she would need since the only experience I have with EMTs is being patched up by them. I've browsed around this forum and the web. I've seen a few options from Buck, such as the CSAR-T (http://www.buckknives.com/product/tops-buck-csar-t-responder-knife/0091BKSTP1-B/) and the Redpoint (http://www.buckknives.com/product/redpoint-rescue-knife/0753FAM01/). My price range is up to $150. Ultimately, she plans to continue her education and wants to join one of the civilian medflight units as a flight nurse, so I can't raise the bar too high. :D With that being said, I want to get her something practical, effective and tough. If you have experience and a multi-tool/blade isn't what you would recommend, then please advise. I just want to give her something as a gift to let her know I'm proud of her.

Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

Sdiver
03-12-2015, 17:01
One thing is, you don't want to have an expensive knife on you.

YOU WILL LOOSE IT !!!!

Either by someone taking it, leaving it on scene, it falling out of your pocket, etc., knives will end up missing.

The big "rage" now-a-days are these ....

http://www.rescuetees.com/Rescue_Knives_s/60.htm

They are inexpensive and can do the job and if you loose it (AND YOU WILL) you're not out lots of $$$$.

There is a hard point on one end for breaking windows (it does work), there is a slot with razor blade for cutting seat belts (and those bear drinking bracelets you were to show you are of age)... and it does work, and then there is the blade itself, a straight edge and a serrated edge, roughly about 4 1/2 to 5 inches in length.

You do get what you pay for. I have 4 of them currently. One is in my crash bag in my truck. One is in my back-pack that I carry to school. One is in my pocket that is my EDC. The last one was gift from my brother sent from Germany. That one is not the best, so I keep it in my top dresser drawer as a gift for which it was intended to be.

One cost me $60.00, and the other two about twenty.

If you want to get her the nice one, the $60.00 job ... here's the link.
http://www.sogknives.com/escape-hardcase-black-partially-serrated.html

Or you could just Bing (or google) for rescue knives with seat belt cutters and shop from there.

:cool:

DIYPatriot
03-12-2015, 17:19
One thing is, you don't want to have an expensive knife on you.

...

Or you could just Bing (or google) for rescue knives with seat belt cutters and shop from there.



I saw some similar knives on Amazon, but was hesitant because I wasn't sure if those were just a gimmicky money grab or if they really would perform and since I'm not an EMT, I had no idea if that would be something an EMT would want. I appreciate the response and I can easily see her losing it, especially considering the nature of the job so maybe I'll grab a couple ;)

Brush Okie
03-12-2015, 19:42
Leatherman wave.

DIYPatriot
03-12-2015, 23:03
Thank you, BO. I like the Wave. I've thought about getting one for myself. I still have my first Leatherman. It's part of the tool kit in my Jeep. How essential would a glass breaking tool be to an EMT? I didn't see one on the Wave. I did see them on the Z-Rex (http://www.leatherman.com/831647.html). What are your thoughts on that one and the Raptor (http://www.leatherman.com/831741.html#prefn1=emergency&prefv1=true&start=1)?

Off topic, I checked out the Leatherman Leap (http://www.leatherman.com/358.html). I had never heard of one. Talk about a cool concept/gift idea for little kids:

introducing the Leatherman Leap, the first Leatherman multi-tool created specifically for younger users. Our engineers designed the Leap with safety as our #1 priority. That’s why the Leap includes safety locks that keep fingers from the path of the tools, a two-hand opening knife blade for safer deployment, and a secure grip designed to train users to properly and safely operate tools. The Leap also comes with a user-installed knife blade that can be added by a parent when the user is ready for more responsibility.

Brush Okie
03-12-2015, 23:13
Thank you, BO. I like the Wave. I've thought about getting one for myself. I still have my first Leatherman. It's part of the tool kit in my Jeep. How essential would a glass breaking tool be to an EMT? I didn't see one on the Wave. I did see them on the Z-Rex (http://www.leatherman.com/831647.html). What are your thoughts on that one and the Raptor (http://www.leatherman.com/831741.html#prefn1=emergency&prefv1=true&start=1)?

Off topic, I checked out the Leatherman Leap (http://www.leatherman.com/358.html). I had never heard of one. Talk about a cool concept/gift idea for little kids:

Glass breaking tool is worthless. Firefighters have axes, halogens etc for that. Also if you really had to use your tire iron out of the ambulance or even portable oxygen tank. Here is everything you will need.

Leatherman. I carried a buck 110 knife for years but leatherman is nice lots of mini uses.

Trauma shears aka penny cutters cut off clothes boots etc

5-6 D cell mag light. - not only is this a good sturdy light it makes a hell of a self defense weapon when some meth monster comes after you with a knife etc.

All the other gee whiz shit makes you look like a rookie wanna be. The ambulance and rescue truck has the tools you need. Also don't try to look cool and carry the stethoscope around your neck. Some drugged up asshole will use it as a Garrott and choke you to death with it. Don't ask me how I know.

DIYPatriot
03-12-2015, 23:36
Roger that! Thanks for saying it like it is. The last thing she would ever want is to draw unwanted attention to herself. She's more of the hardworking quiet type.