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Rescue Knives, Firefigher Tools

Rescue knivesNot just for rescue workers, the rescue knife gives all of us the extra break we’ll need when things go terribly wrong. Rescue knives have been developed for modern emergencies, with capabilities that go far beyond hacking and slashing and prying.

In other days the usual emergency would have been being trapped in bad weather, in which case a stout knife built shelter, shaved tinder, and even sparked a fire to get you through. Today it’s more likely that you’ll swerve to miss a deer and wake up in the ditch or pond where nobody will find you for a long while. Whether you’re in the car trying to get out or outside trying to help, you need specialized tools.

Rescue knives cut seat belts and shoulder harnesses to get you out quickly when latches jam. If you’ve been injured and only have the use of one arm or hand, rescue knives open with a flick of the thumb and lock in working position. If the windows won’t drop and the door won’t open and the car’s filling up with water, a quick strike with the rescue knife’s window breaker stud quickly clears the exit. Wire cutters clear tangles and saw blades remove what the knife can’t cut.

A Few of Our Favorites

An excellent choice for pocket, belt or purse, the Swiss Army Rescue Knife covers all these situations and more in a compact pocket knife build.

The Colt Fire Fighter Tailwind fits the needs of those who use a utility or pocket knife daily but want the extra features of a rescue tool in a pocket clip folder style.

For professional use the Gerber Hinderer is a full sized rescue blade with extra tools and a special bit to fit the valves of oxygen tanks.

See All of Our Rescue Knife Reviews Below


Cold Steel SRK Survival Knife

Navy Seal Search & Rescue, Fixed Black Blade w/ Concealex Sheath

Cold Steel SRK Survival Knife | Navy Seal Search & Rescue, Fixed Black Blade w/ Concealex Sheath

Years ago, any hunter looking for a good field knife expected something this good. Today, the Cold Steel Search and Rescue Knife passes all the old tests and a couple more. Standard issue for Navy Seals undergoing underwater demolitions training, the Cold Steel SRK fits in just as well ...





Boker Cop Survival Tool Kit

Tactical Serrated Cord Cutter, 440C Plus

Boker Cop Survival Tool Kit | Tactical Serrated Cord Cutter, 440C Plus

The ideas behind this unusual and very practical urban tool resemble a knife design from Becker Knife & Tool, now a part of Ka-Bar. The Boker Plus Cop Tool uses concepts similar to a tactical tool Becker designed for police SWAT teams. It's more tool than knife and makes ...





Benchmade Barrage Assisted Opening Knife

Locking Valox Handle, Warren Osborne 580

Benchmade Barrage Assisted Opening Knife | Locking Valox Handle, Warren Osborne 580

The Benchmade Barrage adds powerful spring-assisted opening to the already solid construction of Benchmade's Axis-lock knives. The Valox grip also has some excellent features, but doesn't beat Zytel in wet weather.

Benchmade recommends the Barrage for boaters, rescue workers, and anyone else who needs a dependable multi-purpose blade which opens one-handed in ...





Myerchin Dive Knife A500

Offshore Safety Coast Guard & Marine Professional Rigging Blade

Myerchin Dive Knife A500 | Offshore Safety Coast Guard & Marine Professional Rigging Blade

Myerchin's Model A500 Offshore Knife developed in response to requests from Coast Guard sailors and divers in southern California. These professionals wanted a knife specially designed to cut through heavy rigging quickly and stow away with a low profile. No one made a rigging knife that satisfied that need until ...





Smith & Wesson Liner Lock Knife, Combo Edge SWMP5LS

MAGIC Assisted Opening Automatic M & P

Smith & Wesson Liner Lock Knife, Combo Edge SWMP5LS | MAGIC Assisted Opening Automatic M & P

The biggest attraction of the Smith & Wesson SWMP5LS Liner lock knife isn't the upgraded design. What makes this five-inch (folded length) beast popular is the MAGIC Assisted Opening system. Currently, it's one of the closest substitutes for an automatic opening knife that civilians are allowed to own.

Possibly a ...





Cold Steel Tanto Knife Master

San Mai VG-1 Steel, Glass Punch Breaker

Cold Steel Tanto Knife Master | San Mai VG-1 Steel, Glass Punch Breaker

The smallest knife in Cold Steel's tanto series, the Master Tanto with a six-inch blade of VG-1 San Mai III high carbon stainless steel, varies only a little from the classic tanto in visual terms. In materials, there's a considerable difference between Cold Steel's model and the classic backup ...





AMPCO Fireman’s Emergency Pick Axe, Nonflammable

Fire Proof Safety Tools

AMPCO Fireman’s Emergency Pick Axe, Nonflammable | Fire Proof Safety Tools

Since I don't spend much of my time in high rise buildings, I don't see many firemen's axes -- though in many places, they're a standard part of the landscape right next to the fire extinguisher in the hallway. The AMPCO Fireman's Pick Head Axe could provide that same level of ...





Smith & Wesson Tactical Folder Tanto Knife

Scooped Black SWMP2BS

Smith & Wesson Tactical Folder Tanto Knife | Scooped Black SWMP2BS

With one of Smith & Wesson's easiest assisted opening systems, the S&W Military Police M.A.G.I.C. Scooped Tanto offers both tactical and emergency rescue features in a highly engineered but economical package. Manufactured to Smith & Wesson specifications in Taiwan, the knife is a good choice for anyone who needs ...





Gerber Tactical High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife

Prodigy Military Combo Edge, Black

Gerber Tactical High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife | Prodigy Military Combo Edge, Black

The Gerber Prodigy scales down the design of Jeff Freeman's tactical fixed blade, the LMF II. Still a large knife by civilian standards, the 9-3/4-inch Prodigy provides more than 4-3/4 inches of strong Sandvik 12C27 high carbon stainless steel. The combo edge serves well for quick cutting of straps and ...





Smith & Wesson Tanto Plain Edge Blade

Military Survival Knife, Black

Smith & Wesson Tanto Plain Edge Blade | Military Survival Knife, Black

Smith & Wesson's Military Police Magic Assisted Tanto shows good quality in an American-sponsored imported design. The Taiwanese makers of the Military Police Tanto put together good features and good materials. Tactical users may be tempted and anyone who needs a good urban survival knife should take ...





Boker Reality Rescue Knife by Jim Wagner

Includes Seat Belt Cutter, Gut Hook, Glass Punch

Boker Reality Rescue Knife by Jim Wagner | Includes Seat Belt Cutter, Gut Hook, Glass Punch

Jim Wagner's Reality Based Rescue Knife, manufactured by Boker of Germany, drastically revises the design of the usual rescue blade. The result is actually more tool than knife, with some real advantages if emergency rescue work is the main thing you intend for the RBR.

Many rescue knife designs build ...





Smith & Wesson Survival Military Knife

Bowie Sawtooth Special Ops SW3G M9

Smith & Wesson Survival Military Knife | Bowie Sawtooth Special Ops SW3G M9

Smith & Wesson's updated version of the Ontario Knife Company M9 Bayonet, the SW3G Special Ops M-9 includes the essential features that survival knives in a technological age should have. Similar to the knives issued to military helicopter pilots in Vietnam, the M9's saw-toothed spine can cut through ...





Kershaw Whirlwind Folder Knife by Ken Onion

Sandvik Combo Edge Blade

Kershaw Whirlwind Folder Knife by Ken Onion | Sandvik Combo Edge Blade

This plain and simple folder from Kershaw Ken Onion doesn't have any gimmicks or flash but works reliably. The Whirlwind's 3.5-inch Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel blade has a partially serrated edge for quick emergency cutting of rope, belts, or rigging. Textured injection-molded handle slabs are warm to the touch ...





Benchmade Tanto Folding Knife

Search & Rescue Blade | Heckler & Koch, Mike Snody

Benchmade Tanto Folding Knife | Search & Rescue Blade | Heckler & Koch, Mike Snody

Heckler and Koch, manufacturers of top quality sidearms for military and police forces, put their brand on this collaboration from knife maker and designer Mike Snody and the Benchmade Knife Company of Clackamas, Oregon. Beginning with Bali-song knives in 1990, Benchmade expanded into the tactical knife realm with a high tech ...





Mtech Liner Lock G10 Knife

Emergency Folding Clip Blade

Mtech Liner Lock G10 Knife | Emergency Folding Clip Blade

One of the very economical foreign knives inspired by American designs, the Mtech Liner Lock G-10 looks better than the usual lot of bargains. The 440 stainless steel blade is of the same alloy used for many utility and display knives of higher quality. The 4 ...





Spyderco Assist Rescue Knife

Stainless Steel Combo Edge, Carbide Tip, Survival Whistle

Spyderco Assist Rescue Knife | Stainless Steel Combo Edge, Carbide Tip, Survival Whistle

There are a lot of rescue knives out there. There are some with all the bells and whistles - oxygen tank wrench and torque bits and special seat belt cutters.. There are some no bells and whistles - just a serrated blade and that's it, which hardly makes a ...





Spyderco Rescue Knife

79mm or 93mm | Serrated Edge Stainless Steel Blade

Spyderco Rescue Knife | 79mm or 93mm | Serrated Edge Stainless Steel Blade

Spyderco's Rescue 93mm knife is great, if you've got hands big enough to match the 4 5/8-inch handle. For those with smaller hands, there is the incredibly similar Rescue 79mm, which equals to a 3 1/8-inch blade and a handle length just over 4-inches. Spyderco claims that "for every design ...





Colt Firefighter Red Tailwind Rescue Folding Knife

Colt Firefighter Red Tailwind Rescue Folding Knife

Custom knife creator Fred Carter adds his personal touch to the latest in the lineup of Colt rescue knives: the Colt Fire Fighter. It's a folding knife equipped with several safety and rescue features that any fireman would want to have by his or her side while in the line ...





Harley Davidson Sheriff Rescue Pocket Knife

United Cutlery

Harley Davidson Sheriff Rescue Pocket Knife | United Cutlery

Know any Harley fans that work for the government in public service positions? This might just make a great gift. And if you're a public officer yourself, chances are you already have a great blade to use. But if not, read on. This might just be what you're looking for.

This ...





Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool

Yellow Multi-Tool Knife

Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool | Yellow Multi-Tool Knife

Any knife that receives the prestigious "Knife Of the Year" award from the IWA exhibition should be more than worthy of an honorable mention here at OnlyKnives. This Victorinox Rescue Tool is the 2007 award recipient, and is widely used by many safety patrol officers and firemen across the ...





Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife

Firefighter Blade | #22-41534

Gerber Hinderer Rescue Knife | Firefighter Blade | #22-41534

Designed by fire fighter and knife expert Rick Hinderer, this is a well thought-out knife with essential rescue features built-in.

For starters, the mechanisms are oversized for use while wearing safety gloves.

Next, its serrated edge is tough enough to cut through tough fabric like seat belts and webbing.

This knife also includes a ...





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