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Police Product Test: Blackhawk Hawkhook

This 3.5-inch combination tool breaks windows, cuts seat belts, opens bottles, and more.

January 01, 2009  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

With all of the gear we carry on our duty belts, what we don't need is yet another bulky tool to add more weight and take up more space. BlackHawk Products Group understands the concept of less is more and has many innovative products for GIs and cops. The Hawkhook is one piece of gear that is small but mighty.

This handy tool is a window breaker, flat tip screwdriver, bottle top opener, serrated knife, and seat belt/harness cutter. You get all of this in a 3.5-inch package that clips to your belt or pocket. The Hawkhook weighs only a few ounces so you won't even notice you are carrying it.

The blade and frame of the Hawkhook are made from 420J stainless steel, which is highly corrosion resistant and most likely will hold its edge for the life of the tool. To ensure a solid purchase, the front of the Hawkhook is textured polymer. This reduces the weight and is tough as nails.

I have found this tool will fit between a duty belt and your pants belt and take up only the space that the clip occupies. Try finding another tool that offers this much that takes up barely a half inch on your duty belt. I think aside from a knife you will be hard pressed to find another tool that will meet those criteria.

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Danner: Striker II Assault Uniform Boot

By the time this issue of POLICE Magazine arrives in your mailbox, winter will be upon most of the country and that means cold and wet in most areas. I have found over the years one of the keys to being warm is having dry feet. Danner boots have been keeping my feet dry for more than 20 years: in the military, as a mail carrier, as a hunter, and now on duty as a cop.

The Striker II Assault is Danner's latest version of this successful boot. It has been improved by adding Crosstech, a membrane that prevents the penetration of body fluids. In this day and age of various bloodborne pathogens, this is a feature that could save your life. The other advantage of Crosstech is that it is also waterproof; so it's a two for one deal.

This boot with an avant-gard look is very comfortable and supportive thanks to its Terra Force X Lite platform and outsole. The platform is lightweight and supportive, making the boot feel like an athletic shoe on steroids. Further enhancing this support is a puncture-resistant midsole. The outsole also enhances the boot's toughness, as it is slip resistant, flexible, and quiet on most surfaces.

The upper of the boot is 1,000-denier nylon to reduce the weight and enhance comfort. For those who prefer or work for an agency that requires it, the foot of the boot is polishable leather. The best of both worlds in a duty boot.

Danner Boots has been making outstanding military and law enforcement boots most of my adult life. I have worn them on the wettest and coldest days and swear by them. Check out the new Striker II, this boot will keep your feet dry and could save your life with the Crosstech fabric.

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