As a firefighter with an interest in knives I got my hands on a couple of different rescue knives, and I think it's time that I do a comparison of them and share my thoughts on these types of knives in general. The knives I'm going to review are the Benchmade 915 Triage, the Victorinox Rescue Tool, the Blackhawk Hawkhook and the Böker Magnum First Responder. Seat belt cutters Most dedicated seat belt cutters don't work as they should and that's why I prefer a serrated edge for cutting webbing, ropes and textile in general, even in rescue situations. The exception to this rule is of course the cutting hook on the triage. This hook is wide enough to fit smaller ropes and is razor sharp. The hook part on the Blackhawk isn't as good, but the serrated edge next to it it makes up for it. The big problem with all cutting hooks is to make the initial cut, after that almost all of them tear easily through anything. While the Benchmade's hook easily does this initial cut on its own, the Hawkhook can hold up with it's serrated part. The Victorinox has a dedicated serrated blade instead of a hook. Not only is the tip blunt, but the edge is bent inwards, so when pressure is put on by the knife, the seat belt can't slip off the blade. I have to say that all three manufacturers executed their concept very well and although using three different methods their cutting ability is practically on par. This is where I have to completely trash the Böker. Although the concept is the same as the Benchmade, the execution is horrible. The hook is tiny and has almost no cutting power. It takes a lot of effort even to cut paracord. Glass breaker (Un)fortunately I only had the chance to use the Victorinox and it worked pretty well despite the fact that the glass breaker isn't made out of carbide. I saw several cheap rescue knives fail on the same occasion (thank God it was only on an exercise). The Hawkhook is intended to be used like a hammer, which is a neat concept, but the glass breaker is the same material as the blade without any treatment so I'm not totally convinced that it would work on a pinch. The breaker on the Triage seems blunter than the rest, but since it's carbide it would probably work well. The Böker seems fine in this field, but the whole knife is so tiny, that it's hard to get a decent grip on it for window braking and without gloves your hand would be more exposed than with the rest. The blade and the rest The Triage has a modified sheepsfoot blade. It's a pleasure to use, but could be a bit more pointier. The Victorinox has beside the partially serrated blade and the aforementioned tools an awl, a philips and regular screwdriver and a glass saw. The Hawkhook has a screwdriver and a bottle opener incorporated in the main blade. The main blade on the Böker is actually quite nice with decent 440 steel and a recurved drop point shape. It also has a can opener which not only is a bit weird on a rescue knife, but completely unusable. Closing thoughts I mostly concentrated on the rescue abilities of these knives: the seatbelt cutters and the glassbreakers. While the Benchmade, the Victorinox and the Hawkhook are all well suited for their purpose, I prefer the Triage and the Victorinox. The Triage is my main EDC blade and I have modded the Victorinox for use on the job. I only bought and included the Böker here as a gimick and have since given it away to a buddy. Hope this post is useful and please share your thoughts and experience.