Spyderco Rescue Assist I Knife Orange FRN (3.69" Satin Serr) C79PSOR

Item #BHQ-2998
MSRP: $172.00
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Specifications

  • Overall Length: 8.38"
  • Blade Length: 3.69"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.19"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13"
  • Blade Material: VG10
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Serrated
  • Handle Length: 4.875"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.63"
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Color: Orange
  • Weight: 4.00 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Rescue Assist I
  • Model Number: C79PSOR
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Spyderco named this knife after its principal job function, to Assist. The Assist was designed for emergency/fire/rescue professionals (and for the well-equipped civilian) who rely on their knives to function flawlessly under pressure.

The VG-10 patented blunt-tipped blade is a toothy eighty-percent SpyderEdged for aggressively cutting seatbelts and fibrous material. The last inch of the tip Spyderco left PlainEdge for detailed cutting (think sharpening pencils). Perched above the Round Hole, a Cobra Hood positions the thumb directly over the hole for quick blade deployment, then doubles as a leveraging platform for the thumb. The wavy pattern cut from the top of the blade (created by a fireman from Sweden) and along the inside of the handle let you place a piece of rope (between the half-open blade and handle) and scissor the blade shut- especially convenient for cutting rope in-and-around flesh without having to fully open/expose the knife's blade. The safety orange FRN handle is a molded wonder of Bi-Directional textured contours and bulges that ergonomically wrap around your palm. In the closed position, squeeze the blade deeper into the handle and a retractable carbide tip protrudes out from the base for breaking glass. Outlined in contrasting black on the handle's spine is a shrill and attention-pitched survival whistle. Carries left/right handed, tip-up by means of a tension wire clip.

Customer Reviews

Great knife/hidden window breaker.
Garrett s. on Apr 10, 2017

Ive been EDCing the assist for about two years. I am an EMT the window breaker, easily noticeable color and 3/4 serration made the knife appeal to me. Though I got it as a gift and not from blade HQ I have never had a problem with their service. I use it every day and the serration is still sharp, other than a chip in the non-serrated portion of the blade its still in great condition. I like the window breaker the is hidden in the bottom of the handle and comes out when you squeeze the close knife. I open boxes all day with the window breaker its quick and easy. I get many compliments on the very original blade shape. I would absolutely recommend this knife to anyone considering a good emergency knife.

Spyderco assist
Charlie F. on Jan 5, 2018

First I’d like to thank blade hq for their amazing service yet again. After witnessing and helping out in a crash on the highway, I thought it’d best to get myself somthing along the lines of a rescue knife. I wanted something that had great quality and would work when I needed it to. I saw a couple videos on this knife and it’s capabilities and it was exactly what I was looking for. Great blade to cut seatbelts, window breaker, and a dull edge as not to worry about injuring the person your helping. I hope I don’t have to use it in a real situation, but I’d be rather prepared if I had to. Just an amazing knife, really think more people should carry these in their cars, just in case.

Great Search and Rescue Knife
Jeff L. on Aug 20, 2020

When you need to cut something off of a person or an animal, you do not want a pointed blade as the intimidate and you may cause damage, This knife is perfect, even if you are only going to rescue yourself. Need to remove a bandage or seatbelt, no problem. Need to cut that cord to drop from a parachute stuck in a tree, you got this. Need to signal you buddy that you are in a well or cave, it has a whistle, much easier on you than screaming. Need to cut through a thick rope, thats why the blade has those waves on the back, so you can use it to clip right through it with a strong grip. Concerned when you pull out a knife, people will see it as a weapon? Not this one. Its a great cutting tool and can even break a car window with its carbide glass breaker. A great tool. Need a weapon, get a gun.

hangs out in the car
Matthew J. on Jan 17, 2018

I just keep it in the car as an emergency knife. Never used the glass breaker but the serrations will cut through cordage easily. I also have a rescue 3 that I would recommend for pocket carry given the slimmer profile. The thicker handle and cut outs for every finger do give it a more secure grip though. The cobra hood over the spydie hole makes it even easier to deploy with a glove. The FRN jimping seems ineffective and could be improved on. Definitely a niche knife for emergency workers that for the average person doesn't make a ton of sense day to day. Not a bad second knife to accompany something like a delica. Or maybe look at something like a Benchmade Triage which has a more functional EDC blade than the assist but still has a glass breaker and a strap cutter.

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