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Old 24th June 2015, 22:04   #46
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Default Re: Kubotan: The $5 safety device that can break a car window & help you escape a fire

Many thanks for starting this thread Tassem. I ordered three of these from the seller you provided a link for on Ebay

These took about a month to arrive (china mail - 'nuf said) but on the positive side:

- They were within the seller's originally quoted timeline
- When I sent them a query via email; I got a very reassuring response back immediately

The product itself looks sturdy and well made. You can get a feel for the "force multiplication" when you just gently press it against your neck

Highly recommended!

Now; eagerly waiting for your post on an emergency first aid kit

Thanks again bud!
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Old 26th June 2015, 22:09   #47
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I got a window breaker cum alarms at Walmart some time back. Also carry a Smith and Wesson tactical knife to help chop the seat belt.
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I got a window breaker cum alarms at Walmart some time back. Also carry a Smith and Wesson tactical knife to help chop the seat belt.
Whoa nice!
I recently read a news item where an old man and his dog were locked inside his Corvette and ultimately died of heat.
http://jalopnik.com/texas-man-and-hi...-co-1710670440

Very next day I ordered a pair of these:
Safety Hammer

One for me and one for my wife's minivan. I figured that even if I am never in a situation where I might need it, I may come across one where someone else might need it!
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Nice thread Tassem...
After reading horror stories of people getting burnt alive inside a locked car, I started thinking of getting some sort of emergency tools to get out of such situations. Yesterday, I ordered this four in one tool kit using reward points on my ICICI credit card. I am not sure of the quality and manufacturer of this kit. Let's see how it is once I receive it.
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Thanks for the tip on the kubotan and the paracord. I will try to get it as soon as I can.
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Your kit also includes the training you received as a scout! I think that's the best component of any survival kit

Paracord is cheap and easy to find on ebay. It's stupidly expensive in India.
Finally I have got myself the 550 para chord. Just weaved (if thats the term) myself a Mad Max style bracelet out of approx 11ft of the 50ft that I ordered. Not only does it look good, but it is also a handy place to store 11ft of rope . It will quite difficult to forget it home. Now slowly looking out to expand my kit. A dedicated knife is next on my list.
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Old 3rd December 2015, 09:19   #51
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Whoa nice!
Very next day I ordered a pair of these:
Safety Hammer
Setting up Life Hammer in Swift

Amit, Ordered the same item for my swift.

Can you kindly educate as to which is the best place to set the life hammer in swift ?

Already have a resqme for the driver side. Planning to fix the life hammer for the passengers reach.

Help would be highly appreciated
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Default Re: Kubotan: The $5 safety device that can break a car window & help you escape a fire

The problem with most of these tools is that they will just be lying idle in your glove box, out of sight and out of mind. If and when you do need to use them, they'll probably be misplaced.

This device seems to solve that problem, by integrating the tools into a USB charger!

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Default Re: Kubotan: The $5 safety device that can break a car window & help you escape a fire

Last night's accident where a racer and his wife died in a burning car as their car was trapped between a tree and a wall also got me wondering about cars with sunfilms. I've always had the opinion that a sunfilm has a secondary benefit of acting like a safety layer to keep away glass fragments in case a glass breaks (not as effective as safety/security film, but offering some protection nevertheless).

In such a case of a car having sunfilm on all windows - including the windshields - what would the effectiveness of such a safety hammer be? Would it just need to be driven in such that the point pierces the thin sunfilm? Or would it require multiple hits, or worse still, would the glass hammer be rendered useless?

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Would urge everyone to keep a glass hammer in their car - related thread.
Let alone just keeping a glass hammer, I'm now tempted to go and somehow test mine, just to see what amount of force, etc. is required. I've read about operating it and seen the YouTube videos when I purchased my ResQMe device, but there's nothing like some actual hands on.

I should probably try befriending someone at Windshield Experts to see if they've got any windshield that is to be scrapped, that could be used for testing purposes.
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Last night's accident where a racer and his wife died in a burning car as their car was trapped between a tree and a wall also got me wondering about cars with sunfilms. I've always had the opinion that a sunfilm has a secondary benefit of acting like a safety layer to keep away glass fragments in case a glass breaks (not as effective as safety/security film, but offering some protection nevertheless).

In such a case of a car having sunfilm on all windows - including the windshields - what would the effectiveness of such a safety hammer be? Would it just need to be driven in such that the point pierces the thin sunfilm? Or would it require multiple hits, or worse still, would the glass hammer be rendered useless?
Does the window hammer work effectively in this kind of situation?

https://www.amazon.in/AmazonBasics-S...cutter+&sr=8-2
Is this tool worth buying or is there any other tool better than this? If yes, then please provide me the link. Thanks.
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Old 4th November 2019, 15:29   #55
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In such a case of a car having sunfilm on all windows - including the windshields - what would the effectiveness of such a safety hammer be? Would it just need to be driven in such that the point pierces the thin sunfilm? Or would it require multiple hits, or worse still, would the glass hammer be rendered useless?
It is possible to break a tinted glass with the safety hammer.

In this video, the man hits the tinted glass with a safety hammer. The glass breaks, but gets stuck to the tint. He just pushes it out, and the whole glass falls. I think the same principle gets applied even when the window has sun film. Experts do clarify. Thanks.

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We have often read news articles where people have been trapped in their cars and gone down along with the vehicle in a water body. In some cases it could be due to an accident whereas in others it could be due to driving into a flooded zone. Whatever be the situation, one needs to get out as soon as possible and most often panic. The video below shows a point of View from inside such a vehicle.


Now one needs to break the glass if it has not been lowered before. It is always good to invest in a hammer + seatbelt cutter. I have the one below in the dashboard of all my cars and my passengers too know about it.
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Now we have also heard that the headrest can be removed to break the glass. True, it can be achieved as well. You just need to know the right way. Hitting with the headrest in the Centre will take time.

Take it to the corner and it will break faster.


Last but not the least try avoiding getting into such a situation. If you feel there is a flood, park the car on a higher ground level & get to safety. It is important to note that nature is at the end of the day very powerful & that Cars don't do well in water. Then there are also stupid folks who will do this to your Dad's Mercedes. May God bless you if that happens !

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I keep the hammer + seatbelt cutter combo in my car for any unlikely situations like this.

However, the most important asset you should have to escape from such a situation is knowing how to swim and knowing how to keep your breath and dive underwater.

Until I was 38, I was afraid of water and couldn't swim a bit. Luckily, I could learn swimming very systematically under the guidance of a professional and now I can swim with ease and even dive several feet deep. After holding a good breath, diving to a depth of 10 feet and coming back up is quite easy for me now. Escaping from a submerged car, even a partially submerged one, is a challenge of its own and would be much more difficult than simply surfacing from a depth.

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Escaping from a submerged car, even a partially submerged one, is a challenge of its own and would be much more difficult than simply surfacing from a depth.
200% right & the biggest challenge is not just getting out...
staying calm, turn around & remove the headrest, break the glass & then get out and one has to do this while drowning & most importantly while holding the breath

And they say what you learn 100% in training will be of only 20% use during emergency
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