Top positive review
29 people found this helpful
on 2 September 2012
The Victorinox Rescue Tool is one of those pieces of equipment that you hope you never get a chance to use, because if you do, it means you or someone else has been in an accident. The Rescue tool is designed to be easily seen in dark or smokey situations - hence the bright yellow scales and the poster red and yellow sheath. The scales of the tool actually glow if given enough charge under a light.
To help you extracate yourself from a dangerous situation such as a car crash, the tool has
- a large lockable blunt-nosed combo blade
- A curved safety belt cutter
- a saw for cutting through glass
- Large lockable slotted screwdriver / cap lifter / wire stripping tool
- Can opener / small slotted screwdriver
- Glass breaking tool
- Awl (on the back of tool)
- Philips screwdriver (On back of tool)
The Good :
Build quality is great, design is well thought out and the main blade has a large eyelet hole, similar to the Spyderco designs that allows one handed opening. The seat belt cutter could also conceivably be opened one handed if you snagged the end of it on clothing but it's not a fast and fluid process. The glass breaker and glass saw can be replaced.
Only one of the cutting tools locks into place, the locking system is a reverse liner lock - great if you are left handed but if you are one of the more common right handed people you will need two hands to close this tool.
I'm very happy with this tool and I am planning to buy it for a couple of others for their cars gloveboxes.
Just for interest, Victorinox also make another similar tool called the Pro Duo, which has a lockable main blade - identical to the one on the Rescue tool and a lockable belt cutter. It's not brightly coloured and lacks the glass breaking and cutting tools of the rescue Tool but is worth a look.