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Old 11-20-2003, 03:39 PM   #1
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I think it would make a great Xmas gift but I don't know who carries them.

The have a seatbelt cutter and window breaker on them for emergency escapes from your car.

Like this:

http://www.autosportcatalog.com/inde...id/246/sc/2737


They are ~$15-20US in the States. Hoping to find one or two for ~20 Cdn up here?

Anyone seen them around?
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
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i read an article about this thing in car and driver magazine 1-2 months back... it dosen't work that well ... u have to swing it like a slegdehammer to make glass break (something about your chances being better throwing a rock) and it takes forever to cut thru a seatbelt.
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:49 PM   #3
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i read an article about this thing in car and driver magazine 1-2 months back... it dosen't work that well ... u have to swing it like a slegdehammer to make glass break (something about your chances being better throwing a rock) and it takes forever to cut thru a seatbelt.
Man, I saw just the opposite on one of those "consumer tips" segments on a US news show the other day. It cut through the seatbelt like a hot knife through butter and a light tap broke the window.

Remember when kids were breaking car windows buy tossing broken sparkplug bits at them. I think its on the same principle. The porcelain breaks car windows very easily.

If it doesn't work I could always give it to someone I don't like.
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:54 PM   #4
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really? hm... don't know who to believe

it was one of the editors who bought one of these things and went to a wrecking yard to try it out... kept smacking the windows and nothing would break. it took one of the grease monkeys from the yard to finally smash the glass. the belt cutter took several minutes of sawing...

guess i have to go back to the dentist and swipe the magazine from the waiting room
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Old 11-20-2003, 04:01 PM   #5
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The show I saw had a firefighter doing it so maybe its technique or just the quality of the cutter/hammer? Maybe knockoffs don't use porcelain or a good cutter?

Interesting to hear others opinions on them.... here I thought I found a good little Xmas gift.
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:32 PM   #6
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a metal centre punch will easily break a car side window. Since the centre punch has a nice sharp point, it will cause the window to easily shatter.

I remember watching one of those news magazine shows where they were talking about how some people drowned in their car cauz they somehow got their car upside down in a ditch full of water - maybe 'bout 3-4 ft of water. They couldn't open the power window to climb out so they drowned.

Then they showed how a simple centre punch pressed against a window would easily shatter the glass so you could get out.

The porcelaine basically works on the same principle - a hard sharp object against glass, given enough pressure will shatter the glass.

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Old 11-20-2003, 08:55 PM   #7
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I saw something like that at Restoration Hardware on Granville St. last year.

Not sure if it's still there, but you could call 'em.
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