Tactical Tailor

SOMA – Rip Shears

The RIPPER unit from RipShears is an attachment for standard EMT shears allowing the medic to snip a hole in a garment, boot, or strap which obscures an injury, and then rip it open in a single motion. It’s much faster than the traditional scissors motion. Additionally, their improved design now integrates an O2 wrench.


Featuring user-replaceable 440A surgical blades, the RIPPER unit is 100% Made in the USA and will bolt onto the handle of most 7-1/4″ or 7-1/2″ trauma shears. It can purchased alone in Black or as a complete RipShears unit that includes imported trauma shears with Black, Orange, OD Green or Coyote handles. Additionally, the RIPPER unit is available in a glow-in-the-dark Firefly model. Recently, they improved the Rip shears by adding a Black Titanium Nitride coating, and increased the serrations on the blades that are hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 56C. And a new Gold coated blade with Pink handles was just introduced for the Ladies, or for situations where you don’t want your shears to walk off.


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5 Responses to “SOMA – Rip Shears”

  1. mike says:

    You know I thought we were crazy for stocking pink, but they do really well for those guys (as noted) who don’t want their shears walking off.

  2. bloke_from_ohio says:

    I knew a guy who only bought pink flowery pens and bic lighters for that reason. He worked in the clinic on base.

  3. Brian says:

    I Contacted Rip Shears asking if they were supposed to fit loose/rattly and no response???
    Anyone have the same experience?
    When I tighten them down as hard as I can they still slide a bit on the handle of the sheers? and move side to side. Is this normal? I assumed when I bought them they were a precise tight fit and would fit solid.
    Any help would be great!

    • Freeze says:

      To which email address did you send your question? We recently updated our website and have had a few issues with email inquiry routing. To quickly answer your question, if you are using our shears, then no, the Ripper should fit tightly on the scissor handle and should not rattle. However, given the range of trauma shears currently available, and the even wider range of handle thicknesses, we cannot guarantee that our Rippers will fit on every set of shears. We started out ordering our scissors from a company that produces one of the most popular brands of trauma shears on the market, but when we began getting them in with varying handle thicknesses, we knew their tolerances weren’t up to our standards. So, we began to have our shears custom made for us using a single mold to ensure consistency and quality control. That is why we can only guarantee fit on our scissors.

      All of our new shears feature black Titanium Carbon Nitride (TiN) coated blades hardened to Rockwell 56C (up from 50) with 30% deeper serrations. The RS-3P has gold Titanium Nitride (TiN) coated scissor blades. They are a tremendous improvement over the old version. The vast majority of trauma shears on the market are made of standard 420 stainless steel with a Vickers hardness (Hv) of 400-450 (Rockwell 50). Ours, like more expensive German models, are hardened to Rockwell 56C, which equates to 500-550 Hv. Adding gold Titanium Nitride (TiN) to our pink Firefly shears increases the surface hardness by a factor of five to 2500 Hv. The black TiN on our tactical RS-2 models (including the coyote RS-2T) is Titanium Carbon Nitride (TiCN) with a surface hardness at 4500 Hv, or roughly nine times greater than the best uncoated German shears and 80% harder than standard gold TiN.

      Additionally, our redesigned Rippers have thicker, square sleeve flanges that make stripping the plastic nearly impossible when tightening the screws, the middle screw/sleeve has been replaced with an O2 wrench, and the razor blades are passivated to further resist corrosion. The new square flanges tolerate greater torque application and create additional clamping force on the two halves of the Ripper, thus limiting lateral razor blade flex, reducing fiber clumping at the blade crux, and significantly improving cutting efficacy.

      These improvements mean our shears will outperform and outlast the competition. Adding our redesigned and improved Rippers only widens the performance gap. Nothing else comes close.

  4. AndyB says:

    I have the Firefly model and they fit fine. No play at all. I’m assuming you have a standard size pair of shears. I sh*t you not I used them at night once to cut a pullover onesy off my infant daughter because she had crapped through them so badly and I didn’t want to get it all over her face.