Bulky, sharp and rarely used a good knife is one of those tools that I’d rather leave in the glove compartment… add in cold weather and gloves they can even become dangerous (at least to some). But, like a condom, when you need one you don’t always have the time to head back to the car.
Enter the Sheepsfoot. It’s been speculated this unique blade design originated with mariners who found the rounded tip especially beneficial when the knife was accidentally dropped (think working on a ship in pitching seas) as it couldn’t stab the foot when hitting the deck. Its also been hypothesized that captains of these ships preferred sailors carry knives without pointed tips, especially while in port blowing off steam after months at sea. But, whatever the reason, the sheepsfoot makes it difficult to inflict self-damage.
But a single killer feature isn’t enough for those looking for the ultimate knife. We also want rugged quality, sharp serrated teeth for cutting and maybe a good way to summon help. For these reasons we suggest the Spyderco Assist Rescue Knife.
Spyderco makes some of the best knifes in the world, there knifes won’t fail you in the harshest of conditions, but what makes the Assist really stand out for skiers is its purpose built design for rescue. As mentioned the sheepsfoot blade will keep you from the accidental self-injury and the serrated blade will cut through the thickest ropes but it has a few other nice features. First is the whistle which is twice as loud as the average lifeguard’s. Second is the combo blade which gives you not only the saw like action of a serrated blade but also a few inches of straight edge. Last is that big hole on the blade’s back which allows you to open the knife one-handed with gloves on.
But the killer feature is Spyderco’s bulletproof guarantee complete with free blade-sharpening… for life! Because well…. blade sharpening just isn’t much fun.
These knives are not cheap and they can’t be found at the average retail store but can be had with free shipping via Amazon.