The ResQhook™ was designed by Steve Collins with its sole purpose…to save lives. After a period of fine tuning and refining, the first small production run was completed in 1996.
Her Majesty's Prison Service was the first organisation to purchase the ResQhook™; the tool was issed as a ligature cutter to all Control & Restraint instructors at the HMP C&R National Training Centre. The ResQhook™ is now in service worldwide and has saved many lives.
It will easily cut through webbing, rope, nylon line, leather, electrical flex and clothing quickly and without any risk to the rescuer/rescuee. Its deeply curved, hook-like blade and razor sharp serration have been specifically designed and manufactured to cope with practically any material and all situations where emergency and rescue services need to release either themselves or a victim from an entanglement, restraint or ligature.
This unique tool is manufactured in 420 stainless steel by George Ibberson, Sheffield and carries the world famous I-XL mark. The ResQHook’s™ construction is virtually indestructible and intensive tests showed that, with an excess of 900lbs of concentrated pressure, the blade did not distort and the handle moved less than 1cm. This strength gives it the added ability that, with the attachment of a lanyard or line, the hook can be used as a grapple or grab, which can be utilised to pull an object or person away from danger.
The ResQhook™ is also certified to Medical Devices Directives and HTM 2030 and therefore is capable of being decontaminated and sterilised for further use. The RNLI have also been using the ResQhook™ for many years.