Sunday, September 30, 2012

Safety Knives

I have a vague recollection of seeing a type of knife that might be considered a safety knife: it has a sharp blade, but it is enclosed so that it can only be used for cutting through seat belts, or ropes, and it is impossible (or pretty much impossible) to use it as a stabbing or slicing weapon.  I would think EMTs would find it useful because you don't have to worry about a bad guy getting hold of it and using against you.

In case you are wondering: this is an example of a type of knife that could be constitutionally banned, post-Heller, because it useful only as a tool, and does not qualify as a weapon of offense or defense.




  2. I had one of these when a navy aviator. It was a parachute shroud cutter - a hooked blade with a very sharp edge inside the hook.

    On the other hand, it also had a separate switch-blade - a long, sharp pointed blade - for other uses.

  3. I have seen car seatbelt cutters (and might even have one on a car emergency tool along with a window breaker).

    Some kiteboarders carry a line cutter that can be used in case of a dire line tangle emergency, or other malfunction that prevents a normally controlled de-power.

    These are as described for the parachute shroud cutter, except without the switchblade.

  4. the hooded blade inside the handle is very common currently, as a "safety knife." I.e., a lockback folding knife with a seatbelt cutter and a steel gizmo on the end of the hilt for smashing car windows. The cheap Chinese versions are common at gun shows.

  5. Totally off topic, but interesting: On another forum the topic came up with no good answers about which jurisdictions disallow concealed carry at polling places, and which do not.