Blades and Knives

Gizmos & Gadgets — CRKT Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool

The CRKT Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool makes as much sense for an everyday mom or dad as it does an emergency response professional. After all who is likely to be at the scene of an emergency first, an innocent passerby, those involved, or a first responder? Members serving in the military will also find the Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool a “must-have” piece of gear.

My first thought when looking at the Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool was, “Why not just use a knife?” Knives have two problems. The first is we tend to use a knife for any and everything, which leads to the danger of relying on a dull blade in an emergency. This would significantly slow your efforts in extricating an injured person.

So, let’s assume you are one of those individuals who prides yourself on carrying a knife sharp enough to split a hair on its edge. That is great until under the pressure of an emergency combined with the stress of seeing an injured loved one. What if the injured person your are trying to cut free is panicked and thrashing to get loose? That razor-sharp knife could cause significant—and unnecessary—damage.

Either way, the Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool is the solution. The CRKT Extrik-8-R Rescue Tool was designed by James McGowan—a professional firefighter in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Due to his passion for the outdoors, he started making “hard-working knives” and joined the Canadian Knifemakers’ Guild in 1998.

Drawing from his extensive real-life fire and rescue experiences, McGowan designed the CRKT production M.A.K.-1 and Extrik-8-R emergency rescue tools, based on the day-to-day needs of professional firefighters, rescue workers, EMTs, police Special Response Teams and military operators.

The Extrik-8-R is a lightweight seat belt cutter and multi-tool. It has finger holes and grip grooves allowing use even with the heaviest gloves. It has a rectangular relief, which is sized to be an oxygen bottle wrench. James has added a simple blade screwdriver tip to one end, and a Phillips screwdriver tip to the other end. The Extrik-8-R also has a hand-tied reflective orange paracord fob.

The model 2051 comes in a satin finish and includes a fitted Kydex sheath which allows easy carry on belts or webbing.

Specifications & Features

Satin finish 3Cr13 stainless construction. Features seat belt cutter, oxygen bottle wrench and has two emergency screwdriver tips, blade and basic Phillips. Orange reflector fob. Kydex sheath.

  • Length: 4.17″ (106 mm)
  • Width: 1.96″ (50 mm)
  • Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g)
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Weight: 1.2 oz. (34 g)
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Comments (2)

  1. Oh, Merry Christmas everybody, hope everybody’s getting what they want. My wife got me the Norinco 982 I’ve been wanting for a while now. My question is this tool; is it available at CTD? How much? I’ve heard of one that you can break glass with, is this tool designed to be able to do that? I’d like to know more about it. Seems like a good item to have on your person, and in your vehicle. In an emergency you won’t be able to access it fast enough. Should probably store it right next to the kwik-klot.

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