What is “Safety Hook”?
A safety hook (also referred to as “safety hook knife”) is a common rescue cutting tool. The most common variant is called a seatbelt hook, used to safely release those trapped in cars by their safety belt. They have been adapted for use in rope bondage and other bondage scenarios.
Safety hooks were originally designed for rescue and first responders to help release victims who are trapped in rope or safety belts. The hook has a smooth, rather than a sharp end, that slips between the skin and hooks the rope. Inside of the hook is a sharp cutting blade that can then cut through the material.
Many bondage practitioners keep safety hooks on hand to help quickly release submissives. They are not as practical as EMT scissors or shears but do serve a similar purpose. Their main benefit is that it is almost impossible to cut the person they are being used on. Even EMT scissors can cut the skin if not used correctly.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- There is very little danger associated with the use of a safety hook or knife.
- Very few body parts or extremities can fit between the hook and blade.
- Fingers, toes, nipples, and penises could potentially be cut if used recklessly.
- Safety hooks are generally not used in any kind of active BDSM play and are only kept around as a precautionary tool.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Outside of rope, safety hooks can be used on bondage tape and rap. Depending on the thickness, safety hook knives can be used to cut through fabric and even leather.
EMT Shears or Scissors are an alternative tool that can be used to cut a submissive out of rope bondage.