If there's one thing I've learned, it's that survival tools come in all shapes and sizes, and just because a survival tool is popular doesn't mean it's good.
When I was around 16, my friends and I all got this wild idea that we would go out to a junk yard and use these little plastic “emergency hammers” to bust the windows out of some old broken down cars.
Why? I don't think I'll ever fully be able to fully answer that question; we were just a bunch of silly kids looking to have a cheap laugh.
We learned very quickly that these hammers are not all they are cracked up to be and that a cars windows are a lot tougher than your ordinary window.
Emergency hammers are mainly intended to be used when there is opposing pressure on the opposite side of the glass, for example if the car ran off the road and became submerged in water.
Years later and these hammers are still a major component in most vehicle emergency kits, right next to the can of fix-a-flat and jumper cables.
Contrary to popular belief, a window isn't going to shatter at the smallest touch of one of these hammers. In fact without pressure on the opposite side… you would have better luck with a brick. Also think about how much elbow room you need to get a good swing at the window, and then think about just how much room you have in the drivers seat.
The more I think about it the worse these tools seem to be.
The Evac 3: A Tactical Survival Tool
Last week I ran across a neat little bobble called the Evac3 and after a bit of tinkering, I definitely think these are worth looking into.
- Spring-loaded head effortlessly smashes the vehicle's side windows with only 12 lbs of force
- Razor sharp blade slices through jammed seat belts and is safely surrounded by the plastic casing
- The included clip allows the Evac3 to hang from a keychain or other accessible area
- Weighs in at just over .5 oz and is small enough to be carried just about anywhere
Bottom line: This thing is literally a lifesaving survival tool worth having. It only takes 12lbs of force to activate the spring loaded spike; so if you can hold a small bowling ball you can use this survival tool. And the fact that it's free makes it even better!
The razor sharp blade slices through a seat belt like butter, as long as you follow the instructions! Make sure you cut at a 45 degree angle from the top to the bottom.
This tool will shatter a window regardless of if your car is submerged or not, and you don't have to worry about getting a good swing to break the window, if you can reach the glass you can break it.
As a tip, if you ever have to use this survival tool, put the spike in a lower corner of the window to reduce the possibility of an explosive shatter.
The Evac3 should replace any old emergency hammer that you already have.
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What do you think about this tool??
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