Discussion in 'On Topic' started by psalm, Jan 4, 2008.
I'm hoping it will work as nice as it seems it should. Anyone have any experience with them?
What do you plan on using it for?
Quickly removing the clothing from patients.
Ah. Figured either that or cutting seatbelts, depending on what your job was. Is there a purpose to the holes at the top and bottom of the ring?
The Model 5 has an oxygen wrench built right into the solid 440C as well as the military requirement of a bottle opener. Very bottom is for a lanyard setup I believe.
I have one. Somewhere.
Get good scissors and a good multitool, call it a day.
I like them for clothing removal. I hate EMS shears. They don't cut all that well, if you don't carry spares on your apparatus, you have to decon the set that you have and reuse (gross). They break. They get lost. Did I mention they don't cut all that well?
The Rescue Hook will cut nearly anything. Just make sure you don't lose it. I've lost two of them. One of them at a rifle class. The other...I don't know where.
I probably wouldn't use the O2 opener, mainly because we have a key already tied to the regulator with some O2 tubing. But there's also not much leverage on such a small item as the Benchmade to really get good torque if someone's tightened it down really hard.
I have the standard one and the aquatic one. The h2o one saved me on at least one occasion (rope around ankle). The other is an edc for me, I use it for everything from ropes, seatbelts, bottles, etc. I don't have much use for the o2 wrench, we don't carry oxygen (volly FF)
I have considered getting the ERT-1. It looks like it would be easier to hold on to with turnout gloves, and the glass breaker is more use to me than the oxygen wrench
I keep a Model 7 in my patrol bag. Haven't had to use it yet.
Yeah, that does look really nice. I would definitely pick one up if I worked in the field, however in the ER where I have plenty of light, don't need a glass break etc. The more compact hook seemed a better choice.
I have the ERT.
It's alright, I use the light on there for checking pupils more than anything else. Never used the glass-breaker so I can't tell you how that works.
I tried the hook on a seatbelt once and it bound up and wouldn't go through, so......I dunno. I think they should offer a serrated option or a narrower guiding path so the seatbelt stays flat, when it has so much space to move around it bunches up and doesn't work so well.
Works good on clothes though, especially on the waist-band of jeans.
Yeah, particularly denim seams and most belts are where this tool really shines.