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Don’t Need Them, Still Want Them: Leatherman ‘Raptor’ Rescue Shears

 

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Leatherman’s Raptor rescue shears aren’t exactly knives, but they do include several cutting edges. Let’s call them extremely specialized knives, for those who need to cut through clothing, wedding rings and seatbelts quickly without even scratching the unfortunates who happen to be trapped in them. These shears do just that, and little else. Make the jump for Leatherman’s amazingly high production-value promo video…

With a $60 street price these snippers are probably too much tool for most of us. But what first-aid kit wouldn’t benefit from a pair of dedicated medical shears, a ring cutter, a strap/seatbelt cutter, an oxygen-tank valve wrench along with a carbide window-breaker?

Discussion

6 responses to ‘Don’t Need Them, Still Want Them: Leatherman ‘Raptor’ Rescue Shears

  1. Why would an EMT use something like this? Look at the crevices on these shears. How are they supposed to get clean after exposure to bloodborne pathogens? Useless from an EMT perspective unless they can stand up to being cycled through an autoclave repeatedly.

    • I have to agree. I’ve been a professional Firefighter/Paramedic for 10 years, in a busy, urban department. When I cut clothing off a patient, they’re almost always contaminated with blood, urine, fecal matter, vomit, etc. The great thing about cheap shears is they work, are easily cleaned and can be disposed of if need be. This new tool looks cool, but is expensive, complicated and unnecessary, IMHO.

      I think the Raptor makes more sense for someone who wants the capabilities, but is unlikely to use them often. Perhaps in the trunk of your car, or glove box.

      • I understand your point, but, as an EMT (finishing with my paramedic class in February), I use them a lot. And I’m her to explain to you that they come apart. Then they are easy to clean with alcohol wipes and maybe a few q-tips. In my opinion, they’re actually easier to clean than normal trauma shears, as you can access the are where the blades cross and clean the are that would otherwise be inaccessible on normal shears. Because of this, that little section can be a harbor of grime, dirt, and bacteria on the ordinary shear.

        • Good points both of you. As someone who wore the gear myself, I probably fall in the inexpensive shears from Galls camp myself.

          As much as anything as the fact that they tend to get borrowed and lost. There was always another pair of cheap ones lying around.

  2. I’ve been wanting one ever since I saw Nick’s blurb about it at SHOT. Glad to see it’s finally coming to market.

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