Kershaw's new Blur Rescue incorporates the company's Speed Safe one-hand-opening system into an extremely well-designed EMS tool. The Blur Rescue has a blunt-tipped blade that is designed to both protect the victim and make short work of a variety of materials, including seat belts and webbing. Incorporated into the textured handle is a window punch to break windshields for extricating crash victims. The Blur Rescue is available in high-visibility orange for quick and easy identification.
Masters of Defense
One of the newest members of the duty knife community is Masters of Defense (MOD), the brainchild of former Navy Seal Jim Watson and now part of the Blackhawk Products Group.
The latest duty knife in the MOD product line is the Scorpion. This is not a folder; it's a lightweight, fixed-blade "neck" knife with a skeletonized grip.
Designed to hang on a sheath around the user's neck, the Scorpion has no noticeable weight, but that doesn't mean it's a "lightweight." This knife takes the hardest use that a police, military, or EMS operator can dish out. It's an excellent street tool.
In 2004, SOG will continue to expand its Flash line of assisted-opening knives. The latest Flash model is the Rescue Flash II.
SOG's Rescue Flash II
Like most rescue-specific knives, the Rescue Flash II features a blunted tip that allows the user to safely slip the blade between the victim and his or her seat belt or harness. It also has a textured Zytel handle that provides the user with a secure grip in stressful situations. But by far what sets the Rescue Flash II apart from other rescue tools is the Flash one-hand-opening system, which allows the user to deploy the knife almost as rapidly as an automatic.
Spyderco's 2004 product line includes the Assist II rescue knife. This easy-opening folder includes features such as a retractable carbide tip for breaking windows and a snub-nosed blade that protects the victim from accidental cuts.
Another new knife in the Spyderco line is the D'Allara Rescue. This knife is a sheepfoot (non-pointed) knife that sports a new ball bearing lock and feels really comfortable in the hand. The D'Allara is named for an NYPD
officer who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 and who was a devout
Scott Smith is a former active-duty Army MP. He is airborne qualified and currently serving with the 171st Security Police Squadron of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.