Rescue folder mods?

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My brother, being an EMT and with hopes of summer police work, is looking for a decent rescue knife.

I've been helping him look, and the best I've found, that's affordable, is the SOG Bipolar. It has everything he wants(a sharp, general knife blade and spring assist), as well as a safety cutter and glass breaker.


There's only two issues I have with it, which I hope to be able to fix for him.
The knife has no pocket clip, nor a lanyard hole of any kind.

Is there any aftermarket pocket-clips out there? it doesn't have to be directly compatible with this model, as I can drill and tap as needed, but I can't find anything. Once I attach a clip, I can easily attach a retracting lanyard to that(can't really drill a hole for it directly into the body, from the way the knife is designed).


So, any recommendations, hints, or tips?
 
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Maybe something like model 4 would fit around the SOG's big trademark "pivot screw"...for lack of a better term.

As to the how.......I'm useless.

http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=60_101

I know it's on the big side...and with two blades probably on the heavy side but if he thinks he could handle a "necker" your problem's solved. Have a Kydex "holder" made for it and put a lanyard on it. I have a twitch II and would really like to have kydex necker-sheath made up for it since it's assisted opening works so well.
 
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I've been an EMT for over 5 years. I used to think I needed all of that. I have used a window breaker once in a public demo and I have never found a seat belt jammed or stuck that a pair of $2.00 EMT shears could not handle. I would recomend something like CRKT in a partial serrated blade ( goes through webbing like butter) with the Carson flipper or something similar. Under stress and pressure you don't have time to figure out what end to use for the cord cutter or deal with the window punch, you want a simple blade that you deploy in a hurry and locks up soundly. Good luck to your brother.
 

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The best rescue knife I've seen so far is the Spyderco Assist.
 
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I've been an EMT for over 5 years. I used to think I needed all of that. I have used a window breaker once in a public demo and I have never found a seat belt jammed or stuck that a pair of $2.00 EMT shears could not handle. I would recomend something like CRKT in a partial serrated blade ( goes through webbing like butter) with the Carson flipper or something similar. Under stress and pressure you don't have time to figure out what end to use for the cord cutter or deal with the window punch, you want a simple blade that you deploy in a hurry and locks up soundly. Good luck to your brother.

Hi,

This is so true. Been doing Rescue/EMS for 15yrs, never, ever, have I once seen anybody pull out a knife to use on scene. We got way better tools and toys than anything you can pull out of your pocket or off your belt.

That said, a knife is a handy tool. Get a nice folder of some kind, locking or not. Doesn't have to be big either. I carry a slip-joints myself. A SAK of some kind is perfect for rescue work.

dalee
 
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I agree, you get funny looks from people when pull a knife out and you're supposed to be rendering medical care.:eek:
 
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A philip screwdriver of a SAK can be an effective glass breaker, especially those that replaces the corkscrew (OHT for example)
 
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Chris "Anagarika";6423522 said:
A philip screwdriver of a SAK can be an effective glass breaker, especially those that replaces the corkscrew (OHT for example)


I'd be worried about it folding up on me. Why not just carry a $5 spring-loaded punch in the glovebox or on the duty belt? Those just work so nicely for popping windows...
 
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A five dollar spring-loaded punch is in high demand in certain career fields that experience an abnormally high rate of time spent in county jails!
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A five dollar spring-loaded punch is in high demand in certain career fields that experience an abnormally high rate of time spent in county jails!
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Seems like a waste of money, especially since an old spark plug does the same thing.
 
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Im a training/safety officer at my FD and I work EMS for a living,there has been 2 times I have used a knife but it wasn't to cut patients clothes off.The reason I bring up training/safety officer b/c I once saw one of my younger FF take his pocket knife out to cut some clothes off and damn near cut their leg."Dear god" i said,"put that away!" Not only did he look stupid, but our FD looked stupid.that was the last time he did that.Word of advice....use shears, you don't get near as many looks from curious pple.As far as rescue knives go definately have one with a blunt tip.I like the Gerber Hinderer, like to test the Spyderco Rescue Assist though.
 
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i am a flight medic in the guard and a ff for a living. the military gave me a skedco extreme medicine knive when we deployed and look like a good tool. glass breaker you will never use, seat belt cutter that will also never be used, half serated and normal blade, and a 02 wrench in the blade, also the blade has a round blunt tip that cant be used to injure anything. also it has a pocket clip.
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