November 2012 News

The Raptor™ Medical Shears from Leatherman - Support for Military and Civilian Emergency Medical Responder

November 20, 2012, Portland, OR - This December Leatherman will debut their latest in a line of tools to support the military and first responders; the Raptor medical shears. Much like the company's successful MUT®, utility/firearm tool, launched in 2009/10, the development of the Raptor was the result of extensive testing and feedback from military and civilian professionals around the country.

"It was a privilege to work so closely with the professionals in the AMU to develop the MUT. It really inspired us to continue looking for areas where we could develop job-specific tools to support our troops," said Product Manager Jason Carpenter. "And like many products originally designed for military use, once we started working on the Raptor, we quickly expanded our research and design to include uses for civilian first-responder professionals as well."

Over an 18-month period, the team at Leatherman worked closely with special operations medics and fire/EMT professionals to design the multi-functional, 420HC stainless steel medic shears that include: a strap cutter, oxygen wrench, ring-cutter, and carbide-tip glass breaker. All the extra features work whether the shears are open or folded closed. The Raptor handle material is glass-filled nylon providing comfort in hot or cold environments, and a strong grip in wet or bloody situations.

"We wanted to offer the user multiple functions beyond just the shears," said Raptor Design Engineer Melissa Covel, "but the worst thing we could do is make something that has too many features and complicates use in chaotic, tense, life-threatening situations. Every feature on these shears was requested by the medics we worked with and we took some off at their insistence as well. They were really built for and by them."

Shear tension on the Raptor can be adjusted for personal preference and the patented folding/locking design enables compact storage without compromising strength. The uniquely-molded sheath allows for storage in both the open and closed/folded position, as well as attachment on a MOLLE ladder system or belt. The sheath can also be rotated and locked at an optimal position for the user's space requirements or hand memory. A removable pocket clip and lanyard attachment provide additional non-sheath carry options.

Raptor will begin shipping worldwide in spring 2013 and MSRP is $70.00 (USD). Images are available upon request. For more information about the Raptor or any Leatherman products, please contact Kitri McGuire, Leatherman Public Relations Specialist, at


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