I got my National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians number this week, meaning that I PASSED! Excuse me… I mean, I successfully completed training and licensure requirements to become a licensed Illinois state EMT. In celebration of that feat, I treated myself to two items from StatGear: An EMS Tek-Tool (in hand and the subject of this review) and a T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool (should be here tomorrow)

The Tek-Tool is a nice little gadget, about the size of a regular Sharpie marker, though a bit heavier, since it’s made out of anodized aluminum. This is what it looks like (image from StatGear website):

Statgear EMS Tek-Tool Image © Statgear.comFirst, the good: It is heavy enough to make sure that you know where it is, and can be handled while wearing gloves. The screw cap over the oxygen wrench/glass punch is easy to get off when you need to get to those functions. The device has a steel pocket clip and everything is held together with hex screws. The cost of the tool is only $25.00 so is in the same price range as many other punch/strap-cutter tools and is a damn sight cheaper than some specialty multitools like the Leatherman Raptor! The tip of the cap functions as a smart-screen stylus, and the spring-action strap cutter folds down into the body of the tool, making it very convenient to carry in a pocket.

Then, the bad: The fit and finish of the Tek-Tool is not as outstanding as I would have liked to have seen. The pocket clip is crooked and wiggles side to side some. The stylus tip is crooked, though still eminently serviceable, and the screw threads on the cap seem to be off-center, in that there is definite side-to-side movement of the cap when screwing it on or off. My tool has a number of defects where the assembler obviously jittered the driver bit along the body of the tool while assembling it, and the tolerances between the assembled halves of the body are… Coarse. The sides don’t match up real well, though the assembly seems to be solid. Finally, I can’t tell if the flip-up strap cutter is supposed to have a locking detent when open, but it sort of seems to.

Now, please understand that I’m not saying that I am unhappy with the tool, because I’m not. In fact, I rather well like it! The price is good, the functions are good, but there is room for improvement. One thing that I would really like to see changed is the punch tip. It’s a moderately wide steel tip, but I’d prefer to see a more narrow tungsten carbide point for glass penetration power.

Overall, I give the StatGear EMS Tek-Tool a solid 8 out of 10