If it is all down to a choosing an Everyday Carry (EDC) folding knife, then I would have to go with the Benchmade Triage. For someone who spends 90% of his time in the city, I can’t think of anything else that delivers the functionality and practicality of the Triage. To me, it is a purposed driven folding knife that offers capabilities that suits a city dweller.
In Malaysia, I would only carry a folding knife if I do not have my trusty Leatherman Wave with me. Everything starts with a knife they say but having a few other tools that goes with your EDC is value add. When I build my kit, I want the contents to serve more than one purpose. Otherwise my kit is going to balloon into a load out kit.
The only thing a typical folding knife would offer me is a sharp blade. I can use it to cut stuff up but that’s about it. The Triage on the other hand offers additional 2 useful and practical sub-tools (besides the knives), namely the seat belt cutter and carbide tip glass breaker. These two sub-tools is important to me. I spend a good amount of time commuting to work, be it driving on the road or taking the train. Twice I had to stop my car to help with road accidents. Lucky for me they are both minor accidents. If the two are serious car crashes, the triage can really help me get access to the victims in the car (I am trained to do this…if you are not…do not do it). In recent years (in Malaysia), there are at least two cases of men burnt to death in their vehicles that I read in local papers. Now, some may argue that the Triage may be able to break the window and cut the seat belt but probably not free the trapped leg…my response is at the very least you have a chance to do something! To me…that’s better than nothing.
Now, I am not promoting heroism here. Unless you are trained or in (very) a desperate situation, I reckon having the Triage is probably better than nothing. Okay…lets put rescuing people from burning death aside. How about rescuing that a suffocating child from the back seat of a car? Without the Triage, what are you going to do? Are you going to smash the windows with a hammer, a rock or a crowbar and risk injuring the child?
The carbide tip and seat belt cutter and not the only things I love about the Benchmade Triage. I also appreciate the rough G10 scales they put on the knife. With my Mechanix gloves on, I can really operate the knife effectively still. The rough scales are really useful especially when the hand is wet.
Another aspect of the knife that I really like is the blade. This particular model I have has a sheep’s foot tip. This makes the tip of the knife stronger and safer for use. In fact, the Triage is also favored by professional rescuers because of this. The sheep’s foot tip allows paramedics (for example) to be able to run the blade underneath clothing (to cut away the clothing) safer by reducing the chances of the blade stabbing or cutting into skin. Benchmade made a good decision to make the blade of the knife using N680 steel. The steel is known for its toughness, good edge retention and rust resistance properties. I think this choice of steel for this application is spot on.
I can think of many other folding knives that are better looking than the Benchmade Triage. But if I had to carry an EDC folding knife, I will go with the Triage without a second blink. It is a nice knife built with excellent features to compliment any minimum kit, bug out bag or even an EDC setup. Watch the video below and you will understand why.