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Old 04-20-2012, 10:50 AM   #31
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Window punch=lanyard ring on my ArmeeSuisse officer's knife. Or a handy rock.


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Old 04-20-2012, 11:41 AM   #32
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what people have actually done repeatedly with knives/multitools on the job.
I have quickly converted double-female O2 tubing to female-male adapters a few times, used it as an ersatz O2 cylinder stem valve wrench, opened envelopes. My partner once used his Buck folder to cut carpet fro around a trapped foot. Many many instances where I tightened a screw for someone or on our equipment, or used nail cutters to cut and strip wires. Also used can opener and spear blade to eat.

Patient care? I used my shears, which also act as pretty good can openers once sterilized.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #33
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what people have actually done repeatedly with knives/multitools on the job.
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I apparently bought my Leatherman solely to trim my nails and screw parts back on the truck (diamond plate, padding, grab bar, RAM mount, etc.). A lot of screws can work loose in 200k miles. Other tools:
  • Tiny scissors: Loose uniform threads and making fingertip and knuckle bandages for myself. I've had a piece of my left thumbnail replaced with Transpore for the past couple days.
  • Pliers: Oxygen wrench and tightening on D tank regulators.
  • Ruler markings: Reference for estimating wound sizes, though I'm not going to actually pull it out and hold it to a patient.
  • Unnervingly sharp knife: Dinner! I've actually eaten a fruit cup with pliers, too, much to my partner's amusement.

This also seems like a good thread in which to mention the time I walked into the St. E's EMS workroom to find one of my co-workers trying to open a case door on the Toughbook by stabbing it with a knife. Then she yelled at me for approaching her when she was working with a knife. At least I saved the poor tablet.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:52 AM   #34
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I've use my knife to breach a lock... Just sayin.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #35
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I have used my knife to stir my coffee on more than one occasion.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:05 PM   #36
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I have noticed a bunch of them carry SOGs. I have one my self with the tanto blade and the line cutter and it stays sharp.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #37
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I also have moved to a blunt tipped knife, i use it to pop open the locks on buzzer doors. The doors that have a catch can be tripped with a knife
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:53 PM   #38
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Used my original "Armee Suisse" officer's knife to jimmy open a door with smoke coming out from under it...outside SAC headquarters. They were nonplussed as it took a special registered cylindrical key, but an unwarded inward-opening live bolt knob lock! Rest easy, America...
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:56 PM   #39
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I was looking at this for when i get a job has a glass breaker and a sear belt cutter. flick open blade fast as a switch blade but legal

http://www.rescuetees.com/Tac_Force_...EMT_p/yc611emo.

go to rescue knifes and kits an you will find plenty of them

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:54 PM   #40
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I never leave home without a knife.

Don't invest in something that you would mind losing. I'm never spending more than $50 on a blade. You never know if you'll forget it in the heat of the moment, lose it, or worst case scenario, have one of your patient snatch it when you're not looking.

Often, pantie ...ahem... penny cutters work well.
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