T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool looks mean, but is made to help
Yes, it does indeed look like the freaky love-child of an Uzi and a Bowie knife, but the T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool is actually designed to save lives. It combines several implements that are aimed at getting accident victims out of their wrecked cars, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The T3 was created by New York City paramedic Avi Goldstein, and although he designed it primarily with first responders in mind, it can also be used by drivers and passengers for self-rescue.
It includes an LED light for seeing what needs to be done in night-time accidents, along with a folding stainless steel hook blade for slicing through seat belts “in a single pull,” a folding half-serrated blade for cutting whatever else might be in the way, and a spring-loaded window punch for breaking tempered glass. While similar products feature hammer-style window punches, Goldstein points out that inside of a twisted vehicle, there isn’t always room to swing one of those.
The T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool is available now for US$39.99, via the link below.
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Could be useful, but where do you keep it in a modern, small car? The 'glove box' is too small to swing a cat, front door pockets, if there, are generally stuffed with an iPad, Tablet or both, and if placed anywhere else it might become a flying missile in a crash. Even behind the seat(s) - grocery space - could be risky.
The nice thing about the T3 is that it has a stainless steel belt clip built into it so clipping it to a seat pocket may be an idea. I tend to keep mine in the cargo area with my first aid kit, fire extinguisher and emergency flashlight...
I would keep mine in a pocket or attached to my belt.
I'm picturing the web of my hand riding right up into the seatbelt cutter the way they have it positioned.
Do not want!
Clipped to the sun visor is where I keep my emergency knife. It can easily be reached if you are being pulled out of the vehicle in a situation other than a rescue as well.
Jon A - you only need open that when you need it: pic here:
You'd be arrested in Australia for having one of these!
They are available without the dagger for a fraction of the price ($4.92) i.e.
Safer, cheaper and with a mounting bracket.
Arrested in Australia? You poor souls. BTW, there are lots of similar "rescue" knives on Amazon for about $8 delivered. I've bought several recently for gifts ... people love 'em! Many of them have a spring-loaded blade (typically 3") which flips out instantly by simply flicking the small lever on the back of the knife with your index finger. Suddenly the switchblade is legal again! These $8 knives aren't Gerbers, that's for sure, so you must loctite all the screws and lube the joints and keep them clean for proper operation.
I keep mine clipped into a pocket of a flat, nylon, multi-pocket thingamabob that's velcro'd to the backside of my visor. The knife is quite handy as a kubotan too, being 4.5" long closed ... good to carry in your fist when walking across those dark Walmart parking lots at night. Google "kubotan" for how to use it.
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