By Amos Kwon
on 6.19.12
Photo by Spyderco

You don’t have to have a job in emergency services to appreciate a good rescue knife. The blunt-tip style makes the rescue knife an excellent tool when looking for versatility and safety in a pinch. The Spyderco Assist Black Blade certainly looks pretty intimidating for a non-combat knife. In fact, the anti-reflective black carbon nitride coated blade makes it perfect for the EMT who moonlights as a ninja.

The Assist Black Blade has a nifty feature called the Cobra Hood, which allows quick blade deployment by providing a metal cap that guides your thumb to the blade hole. The Cobra Hood also provides excellent thumb leverage for firm cutting, so you can avoid slippage even if you’re not as careful as you should be. Its rope cutting ability is second to none when it comes to safety, allowing you to cut rope without fully exposing the blade by situating it between the handle and blade. The built-in whistle, pocket clip and glass/ice breaker round out this versatile knife, making it the perfect partner for true emergencies. Smartphones don’t have a knife app yet, so you’d do right to keep this handy.

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