Looking at Leatherman’s product line it is clear which multi-tools are designed for casual users, everyday users, those with heavier-duty needs, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. The newest tool is designed with a narrower audience in mind – uniformed medics.
Leatherman’s Raptor is a specialized multi-tool specially designed to aid medics in their life-saving efforts. Although primarily aimed at medics, the Raptor multi-tool looks to be exceptionally well suited for EMTs, rescuers, and other first responders as well.
Some of Leatherman’s other multi-tools, such as the new one-handed tool (OHT), also appeal to a broader audience despite being more tactically inspired in style and functions.
- 420HC stainless steel cutting shears
- carbide glass breaker
- strap cutter
- 5 cm ruler
- ring cutter
- oxygen tank wrench
- lanyard hole
Folded up the Raptor can be clipped to your pants or gear pocket, and in the closed position the strap cutter (opposite side) can still be easily and quickly deployed with one hand.
The Raptor comes with an included MOLLE-compatible polymer holster that allows for the shears to snap in with the tool in either the open or closed position.
The Raptor was released around May 2013 and is priced at $65-70.
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A ring cutter could be interesting as part of a pocket tool. Given how many people wear tungsten carbide rings these days, a regular ring cutter needs to have some good size vise grips close at hand for the tungsten carbide rings.
This sounds like a good idea, at least in concept. It also sounds like there’s a fine line between this and a “rescue tool,” although that’s a pretty generic category. judging by the list of implements, I could see this as more of a first responder or paramedic tool as opposed to something a fire fighter might use. This could also be nice for someone working in an ER with the exception of the glass breaker.
It’ll be interesting to see how this evolves. It could open up a whole new realm of multitool possibilities.
That is the kind of multi tool that I would want. In fact I would want a few of them.
One for my EDC, another for my bob medical kit and another for my vehicle medical kit.
I remember seeing some talk about it in the forums on the Facebook page (back when they had forums on there). A lot of the first responders were testing out the Z Rex and they found it sufficient, but wanted something more like a standard Leatherman, but with the Z Rex features and a few more.
I always use thread or floss to remove a ring. Just thread a piece of string under the ring from distal to proximal. Make tight rings around the distal portion of the finger. Pull the proximal end tight against the ring and keep un-wrapping the string and the ring will come with it. Never had it fail although I’m sure there are times you may need to cut the ring but this way saves a lot of unhappy patients and family members. Now, if the finger is injured badly this obviously will not work. Common scense!
Can you send couple pictures how you do it ?!
The ring cutter broke while in use in the E.R. maybe i’ll stick to the regular ring cutter.