CRKT has recently come out with their new El Santo Emergency Trauma Shears Multi-Tool, presumably designed for rescuers and similar users.
The main shear blades have a tapered “porpoise nose” tip, for sliding under clothing to make fast but safe cuts. The El Santo tool also features a removable and user-replaceable “ripping blade,” which is serrated for cutting through corded leather, nylon, or belts.
If need be, the ripping blade is swapped our or replaced using “no tool needed” screws. I suppose that means the screws could be loosened or tightened using a coin or similar “whatever’s on you” screwdriver-shaped object.
Additional features include a carbide glass breaking point, and an oxygen wrench. You also get spring-action ambidextrous and ergonomic grip with ribbed grip.
The shears come with a nylon sheath, but you can also “close the handle around your belt and secure the blade lock.” Looking at the shape of the handles, it looks like they form a loop, and there’s a thumb switch for locking them closed.
MSRP: $50 (retail will likely be lower)
This tool is not suited for autoclave sterilization.
For those of you that might be in the market for something like this, how do you think it compares with the Leatherman Raptor?