Maratac™ has decided to make the new Compact Trauma Shear for greater ease of portability with the same great quality and strength. These stainless super shears seem to cut just about everything. Usually they demonstrate these shears by cutting pennies but our legal department recommended against that. Designed and built for the medical industry they have way more uses that you could possibly imagine. These are the compact size (5.75 inches) shears. Nothing wimpy here. Autoclavable at 290°F should you need it surgically clean.
Divers carry them to clear themselves from entanglements from fishing lines and nets that aren't easily cleared with a knife. Gardeners will find them great for cutting off plastic nursery pots. Mechanics and handymen need them in their tool boxes for cutting who knows what. Climbers will find them perfect for removing bits of clothing that get sucked into their descending devices. Who wants to use a big knife near their life line. Cooks and kitchen workers will find them useful for poultry and cutting open large bags. Fishermen and hunters will find them very handy. EMTS & paramedics have used them for years to cut boots and even leather motorcycle jackets off their patients. Orthopedic technologists use them for preparing casting and splinting for their patients.
Order a couple of pairs for your first aid kit, and your tool kit too.
I like these sized shears over the 7.25", as it seems like you gain very little for the additional length. Has that nice hard grating feel when being closed, which means there is good pressure between the blades.
The Maratac compact trauma shears are small but solid. Their light weight and compact size are a great compliment for my minimalist first aid kit. They are great for cutting bandage material, shoelaces, clothing, and splinting material when full sized rescue shears are too cumbersome to carry.