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Leatherman. Raptor.

Я напишу отдельно и обстоятельно о том, что предшествовало тому, что сейчас у меня в руках два Leatherman Raptor.

Всего какой-то час назад они ещё были в руках у Тима Лезермана.
А спустя еще несколько часов я отдам их в руки ребят из Центра специальной подготовки, которые неустанно популяризируют в Украине международные стандарты оказания первой неотложной помощи и безопасности жизни и деятельности человека.
Потому что это по-настоящему важный инструмент. И он должен быть в руках  специалистов.
В обязательном порядке я навещу ребят чуть позже и сделаю несколько публикаций.



"Живые фото". Буквально "с пылу, с жару":






Raptor Origin Story:  By Ben Rivera, September 20, 2017
It was Fall, 2010…we had just completed development of the MUT.  A soldier that we collaborated with pointed us in the direction of Army medics as a source of inspiration for a new Leatherman product.
Our Advanced Development (AD) team started to research “in what way Leatherman could create a product for Army medics to help them save lives?”  We started by talking to soldiers and researching the internet.  At first we were considering how would we modify our existing tools to do the job.  We even considered an emergency tracheotomy kit as something we could offer in combination with our tools.
We sent our AD team consisting of engineers, industrial designer and product manager to a couple US Army bases to see what a soldiers life is like and what tools army medics used.  We observed them in their living quarters and in training.  We interviewed them.  We watched them using their tools.
We found out that soldiers travel a lot.  They don’t have a lot of space for extensive tools sets.  We found out that many injuries were in connection with a vehicle such as a truck, helicopter or even a parachute.  When the medic comes upon an injury, the first thing they have to do is gain access to the injury itself to determine severity and administer aid.  Sometimes this not only included getting the gear off the wounded, but even getting them clear of the vehicle they might have been injured in.  There are some challenges in this because a soldier carries a pack.  They often wear a safety harness.  They often wear body armor for protection.  They wear thick boots laced up tight.  They wear gloves.  There is potentially a lot of non-standard stuff to get through to get a soldier clear of a vehicle and gain access to the injury.
A cutting hook or knife seemed like a good idea at first but it didn’t work well enough and they didn’t want to take a chance on cutting anyone with an exposed blade such as a knife.  We saw that medics often carried 3 pairs of disposable medical shears.  They described that they liked that tool a lot, but that the performance lacked.  They would carry extras so that if one failed, they could drop it and move on to the next.
We decided to try our hand at making the best pair of medic’s shears possible.  Some of the design targets included cutting seatbelts, helicopter gunner harness, parachute cords, Kevlar vests, boots, laces, hems, zippers, rubber hoses, package for gauze even a gold wedding ring.  It would need be strong and sharp and capable of cutting through everything we saw in our research.
At first, we considered it as a non-folding shears, but one of the ways that Leatherman succeeds in being “there when needed” is to be compact.  We wanted to not only be in the medical kit, but even in the pocket of the medic when they are “off” duty.  We decided to make Raptor folding to increase the portability and likelihood of being there when needed.  It would be thick stainless steel sharpened using technology borrowed from our file, saw and serrated knife making experience.  It would be made in our factory in Portland, OR so that we could assure the quality and performance while pushing the limits of manufacturing.
It was no small task, but we succeeded.  Raptor, in its final form includes the shears but also the cutting hook, ring cutter, carbide glass breaker, oxygen tank wrench, and a gage for estimating the size of an injury.  It total, it folds up to be pocket size and everyday carry using a pocket clip or included belt/vest case.  The concept as we know it today was complete in Spring 2011 and it reached the market in Spring 2013.
И небольшой фильм, Leatherman Factory Tour.

                                   

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livejournal
Oct. 10th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
Здравствуйте! Ваша запись попала в топ-25 популярных записей LiveJournal для Украины. Подробнее о рейтинге читайте в Справке.
kartograf
Oct. 11th, 2017 06:48 am (UTC)
Круто!
grebenschikova
Oct. 11th, 2017 08:21 am (UTC)
;)
историю перевела, Тиму вручила.
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