Today’s quick review is the 911B First Response Rescue Knife from Smith and Wesson Knives. This fantastic assist knife is built with the emergency rescue worker in mind. To start with, the knife uses the MAGIC assisted opening system which snaps blades out extremely fast. Just give the blade a quick start by pulling on the spine activator. The blade comes out and locks up very solid.
The blade is a modified, recurved tanto blade. Here is why–the tanto point allows you to slide the blade under a seatbelt and then “catch” it with the recurved portion as you pull the blade back towards yourself. This movement cuts the seatbelt and releases the person you are working with. There is a slide safety on the front of the handle to keep the blade locked closed when you want it to stay that way. This knife is easy to open with one hand if the need arises–which makes it ideal for emergency personnel.
The knife also features a spring loaded glass breaker tip. To activate it, you simply pull out on a tab which releases the spring loaded tip to smash into whatever windshield you are trying to break out. This is perfect for difficult situations where the person to be aided is not accessible through normal methods.
Schrade just released their newest Viper OTF Assist knives. That’s right–an Out the Front knife that is assisted opening. The way these knives work is they have a slide “trigger” on the side of the handle. You start the process by pushing the slide up towards the top of the handle. After getting it about 25% of the way, the spring mechanism takes over and finishes opening the blade to the fully open position. Single action knives, these knives close by pulling a small lock mechanism near the top of the handle which releases the blade from the locked open position and allows you to manually close the knife.
The two new models from Schrade Knives are the 4 and the 5 series. The 4 series are both combo edge bayonet blades, one with a satin finish the other with a black tactical finish. The 5 series is the same except both blades are standard edge bayonet blades. A tombstone style black anodized aluminum handle with a classic dimple pattern gives your hand a nice, secure grip on these knives. They all have deep carry pocket clips and glass breakers at the base of the handle. If you love Out the Front knives but would prefer an assist model instead of an automatic model, check out the great new Schrade Viper OTF knives.
My favorite new 2014 fixed blade from CRKT is the Synergist. This great spear point dagger has everything I need and want in a small, back up fixed blade. The blade is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which means the steel is good enough for heavy use and will be relatively easy to sharpen. It has an extremely thin profile which makes it great for daily carry. I don’t typically wear boots–but if I did, I would definitely boot carry this one every day.
It is a symmetrical knife that has identical finger grooves as well as finger choils. Very comfortable in my hand, the knife also features a lanyard hole at the base of the handle. Handle scales of black G-10 make for an ultra secure grip. And the knife comes with a pressed leather sheath that has a belt clip on the back.
What do I love about the CRKT Synergist? I especially like how thin the knife is. It makes for a comfortable, concealed carry if that is allowed where you live. I also like the blade shape–it allows for serious cutting tasks when the need arises. This would also be a great back up knife to carry in your go bag.
What would I change? Not much. I would maybe like an option for a Kydex sheath. I think this knife would be a great neck carry knife, but with the leather sheath that probably isn’t going to happen. Maybe it is time to learn to build Kydex sheaths. I’ve heard they are pretty easy to make…
Here is a blast from the past knife review. Released several years ago, this spring assist knife has several things to brag about. First, it uses the SOG Assisted Technology–flat-out one of the best assist systems on the market today. The blade snaps out just like you want it to–fast and hard. Second, the satin finished drop point blade is AUS 8 stainless steel. What does this mean to you? It means you are getting a dependable blade steel that won’t rust and is fairly easy to sharpen. Third, it uses my favorite style pocket clip–the deep carry. In most places, people don’t get too uptight about a pocket carry knife, but every once in a while it is best not to advertise what is sitting in your pocket. The deep carry clip allows you to carry without advertising that fact to everyone you see. Fourth, the black hard anodized aluminum handle is not only durable, but it is thin. I like this because it means that the knife doesn’t take up tons of pocket real estate™. Check out the SOG Twitch XL on our website if you want to pick one up. If you already have one, let me know what you like best about yours.