Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Types of Knives - The Seatbelt Cutter

There are numerous types of knives for a wide variety of uses that fall into the specialty category. There is probably no single tool that has done more for man’s survival than the knife. Having the right knife for the job can be an important factor in your survival. With the large amount of time that people spend in vehicles due to commutes to work, hauling supplies or even a simple trip down the road to visit friends or relatives, our chances of being involved in an accident at some point in time are increased. A seat belt cutter may be an item you may want to consider keeping handy in your vehicle.

Seat belt cutters are designed for one simple thing; to cut seat belts. Many times you can become trapped in a vehicle by your seatbelt. Seatbelts are very tough and most have Kevlar woven into the fabric to give them exceptional strength and holding power. This also makes them extremely difficult to cut. It is those times when an inordinate amount of weight pressing against a seatbelt makes them almost impossible to unlatch. This is the time when having access to a good seatbelt cutter may be crucial to your survival.

Seatbelt cutters come in a wide variety of styles and prices to fit most any budget. Most have thin, flat ultra-sharp hooked blades that allow them to be inserted between a person’s body and the seatbelt without risk of cutting the person trapped in the seatbelt but allowing the seatbelt to be cut quickly and efficiently. Even a simple accident where a person may simply have suffered a fractured arm or leg may incapacitate you to the point where you may be unable to release the tension on a seatbelt due to the inability to shift or move your body.

A good seatbelt cutter with their ultra-sharp blade is also designed to handle the tougher fabric construction of seatbelts. The seatbelt cutter pictured above is an EMS quality seatbelt cutter.

Seatbelts are an essential item for your survival when in a vehicle and have saved many lives and reduced the number of critical injuries people have suffered when in an accident. Don't forget to buckle up!

Staying above the water line!



Herbalpagan said...

This is a great post. If I may, I'd like to share my seatbelt cutter. I got it at Target in the auto section. It attaches to my keys, so there is no chance of me not being able to find it. It's the size of an old fashioned light, has a cutter on one side, a light and an alarm. On the end of it, it has a high impact glass breaker. I have heard that next to the seat belt keeping you in your car, not being able to open the door or break the glass is one of the dangers. This will break the glass, cut the seat belt and sound an alarm. I reccomend everyone think of getting one and maybe another for a gift. It cost under $10.

riverwalker said...

To: HerbalPagan

Those combination units are great little items and inexpensive as well. Being unable to get a window open in a crisis is not a good thing. Sounds like you've got your bases covered. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Great post RW. Seat belt cutters are a must to have in the car. As cheap as they are there is no excuse not to have one.

Kentucky Preppers Network

riverwalker said...

To: matthiasj

Actually the car companies should furnish them as part of the safety equipment but I don't think that's going to happen.


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