Rescue Knives

This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re going to be taking a look at a variety of rescue folders. These knives are all purpose-built for getting somebody out of a vehicle entrapment, whether from the inside or outside, boasting such tools as glass breakers, seatbelt cutters, and more.

First up, at the entry level of our price range, is the Boker Magnum Firefighter. This one actually manages to throw in more functionality than any of the other knives we’re going to look at today. Packed into the red G10 handles are multiple sizes of hex tool, an oxygen tank key, glass breaker and a seatbelt cutter. Deployment via the ambidextrous thumb stud is really nice and smooth. Blade is 3.5″, made from 440 stainless steel, and sports partial serrations. A liner lock keeps the blade in place.

Next up we have the Smith & Wesson 911N. The 911 series is considered by many to be the grandfather of the rescue folder, pioneering a lot of the features you now expect to see. This guy’s got a 3.5″h 4034 stainless steel blade with a serrated edge and built-in seatbelt cutter. The MAGIC assisted opening mechanism just launches the blade out. Pretty unique to this model is the spring-loaded glass-breaker tip. Handle is Zytel with a lot of texture to enhance grip.

Moving on, we have the aggressively yellow Spyderco Assist Salt, though it’s also available in black and orange. Despite the fun, alligator-esque appearance this knife is serious business. It’s got an H1 stainless steel blade that comes in a little over 3.5″. The H1 means the blade and lockbar are 100% rust-proof. The Assist Salt has a reversible wire pocket clip and a survival whistle built into the Zytel handle.

Finally, at the very top of the price range sits the Benchmade 915-ORG Triage rescue knife. Handle on this one is a pretty heavily textured G10 with 420J full stainless steel liners. Deployment via the dual thumb studs is almost absurdly smooth. Blade is N680 corrosion-resistant stainless steel, coming in at 3.5″. Close it down using Benchmade’s patented AXIS lock. As far as additional functionality, this model has a carbide glass breaker tip on the butt, and a fold-out seatbelt cutter. The Triage is also available in an automatic version.

While each of these unique rescue folders has their pros and cons, all of them will reliably come through for you when the going gets tough.To see all four featured knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com

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Ryan