Rescue Tool

Rescue Tool The Victorinox Rescue Tool is designed for use by emergency response personnel and contains tools to assist in rescue activities, such as extracting individuals trapped in vehicles, and in other general and medical emergency situations.

This model was designed and developed as part of a five year project, in cooperation with medical and rescue service professionals in Switzerland. The knife was very well received and won the IWA International Knife Award - Knife of the Year - in 2007.

The Rescue Tool broke new ground for Victorinox by including user-replaceable metal tools. For most other models only the tweezers and toothpick are removable/replaceable. However, the special glass saw and window breaker tools in the Rescue Tool can be replaced when they become worn out, without the need for any special tools.

This model is normally sold with a Nylon red and yellow case.

Layer Tools

Window-breaker and Glass-saw
Window-breaker and Glass-saw

* User-replaceable

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools


The original Rescue Tool came with Nylon luminescent (glow in the dark) scales. In 2008 it also became available with black Nylon scales.


The Fireman and OH Parachutist are close ancestors of the Rescue Tool.

The later-designed liner- locking system in this model was developed to address the more demanding requirements of public service agencies in rescue situations and is tested to be stronger and even more reliable than the slide-lock mechanism (see details in link). The liner-lock blade is also one-handed-opening (OHO), the hole on the blade was originally elliptical, on later models it is more circular.

The Rescue Tool was awarded the IWA International Knife Award Knife of the Year in 2007.

In 2008 a number of fake Rescue Tools started appearing on eBay. To the untrained eye the outward appearance of these knives was extremely convincing. The build quality however was poor, and they could pose a safety hazard. Refer to the External Links section below for more information.


  1. A non-one-handed version is available with a standard blade replacing the one-handed blade.
  2. In 2008 Victorinox released a black-handled version, with the regular one-handed partially serrated blade. Note this version was supplied with a black sheath, not the regular yellow one.
  3. Victorinox has also released a black handled version with a plain, straight edge, primarily for the European market.
  4. A version with an additional regular wood saw and a rear partially-serrated main blade was developed for the Italian Police.
  5. In 2018 a blue handled version for the Gendarmerie of San Marino was released.
  6. In 2019 a limited edition version (1,200 pcs) was released in a set with an I.N.O.X. Carbon watch.

Physical Specifications

Rescue Tool with a Regular Plain Blade
Rescue Tool with a Regular Plain Blade
One-handed versions. Top to bottom: StayGlow, San Marino Gendarmerie, Italian police
One-handed versions. Top to bottom: StayGlow, San Marino Gendarmerie, Italian police
  • Length: 111mm - 122mm including the belt-cutter and window-breaker protrusions
  • Width: 20.9mm
  • Weight: 167g (Victorinox reports 180g) / 205g - With Nylon case


  • 0.8623.MWN: OH serrated blade (53900)
  • 0.8623.MW3: Black scales, OH serrated blade, black sheath (54900)
  • 0.8623.N: Regular plain blade
  • 0.8623.M808P: OH serrated blade, an additional wood saw. Developed for the Italian Police
  • V-0.FA015: OH serrated blade, blue scales. Developed for the Gendarmerie of San Marino

US model numbers in brackets

Related Models

  • Fireman - An older model with an emergency blade; wood saw; no specialised tools
  • OH Parachutist - OH main blade; regular belt-cutter blade; no specialised tools
  • Dual Pro - OH main blade; OH belt-cutter blade; no specialised tools
  • Trailmaster/Trekker - Removes the rescue tools; adds the wood-saw and can-opener

Victorinox 111mm liner-lock comparison matrix

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