Benchmade Triage Knives

The Benchmade Triage knives are designed with professional use in mind. Whether you’re a police officer or a fireman or medic, the model 915 and 916 should be on your short list if you’re looking for a top-quality rescue knife. STEVE WOODS PHOTO

There is no shortage of so-called rescue knives on the market today, but many seem to fall into the trap of doing many things, but none of them well. It’s easy enough to add features to a tool, but it takes some skill and foresight to do it in a manner where the tools complement one another and don’t inhibit the overall function of the knife. Luckily for us, the folks at Benchmade have been at this for a while, and when it comes to mixing function with functionality they’ve got the formula down pat. This is obvious from the first time you lay your hands on the new Triage 915 and 916 series knives.

Benchmade’s Triage uses a 440C hook-shaped safety cutter for use on seatbelts and webbing. The hook proved to be more versatile than expected.

As a police officer, I like the idea of a knife that incorporates a glass breaker and a seatbelt cutter. Sure, I have a very good seatbelt cutter and glass-breaking tool in my unmarked unit, but when I exit the vehicle, guess where it is? Yep, back in the car. The beauty of incorporating these items into your knife is that the odds are very good that you’ll always have your knife on you, even if you get separated from your vehicle. The problem with some of these designs has been that while they have the tools needed on them, they sometimes detract from the ergonomics of the knife. Let’s face it, we’re going to use the tool as a knife for the vast majority of things that we do, it’s only the rare occasion where that belt cutter and glass breaker are going to come into play. So if the tools get in the way of that primary function then they’re going to be more of a hindrance than anything else. A rescue knife should be a good knife first, with good handling characteristics and a good blade. Once you have that down you can work on incorporating the other tools in an unobtrusive manner so that they’re available when needed but not in the way when they aren’t. Benchmade has come up with possibly the best implementation of this idea yet with their 915 and 916 Triage knives.

The triage comes equipped with a deep-seated pocket clip for secure carry. The lock mechanism is Benchmade’s sturdy and reliable AXIS lock.

The primary difference between the 916 and 915 models is the blade style. The 916 uses an opposing bevel tip, while the 915 uses a modified sheepsfoot design.

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