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The Pilot Knife now has a little brother - the NRS Co-Pilot. Great features - smooth and serrated cutting edges, blunt safety tip, bottle opener, etc. Compact design is a fine fit on your PFD.
  • An excellent knife for freshwater boating and rescue. For saltwater use, choose the NRS Titanium Co-Pilot Knife.
  • For all of your cutting needs the Co-Pilot has both super-sharp smooth and serrated sections.
  • The blunt tip design protects against unintentional puncture of your gear or yourself. Also doubles as a flat-head screwdriver.
  • The unique sheath firmly locks the knife in place and only lets it go when you squeeze both sides of the release.
  • The contoured handle and rubberized grip gives you maximum control of the blade.
  • The sheath clip attaches firmly to a PFD lash tab.
  • Also included in the handle are a bottle opener and an oxygen tank valve wrench.

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  • video: NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife Video
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    Length:4:09
Blade Material: 420 HC Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Glass-reinforced polypropylene with TPR over mold
Sheath Material: Fiberglass-reinforced nylon
Total Length: 5.75"
Blade Length: 2.25"
Weight: 4.6 oz
Blade Edge: Smooth and serrated
Blade Tip: Blunt
Features:
  • Matte finish on yellow handle model
  • PVD coating on black handle model
  • Squared hole in handle serves as a valve wrench for an oxygen tank
  • Bottle opener in handle

video: NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife Video

NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife Video (4:09)

Both rescue professionals and recreational boaters will really love the features of the NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife. Not only does their unique design attract attention, their sheath provides convenient access and release of the knife when you need it most.

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NRS Co-Pilot Knife
 
3.7

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to attach (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (18)
  • Paddling (16)
  • Boating / sailing (8)
  • Day trip (8)
  • Casual/ recreational (7)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      88% 

      (7 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (4), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bottle opener rocks.

I love the compact size, and both me and my friends love the bottle-opener. My main beef is that it's not obvious enough which side is sharp and which side is the flat...Read complete review

I love the compact size, and both me and my friends love the bottle-opener. My main beef is that it's not obvious enough which side is sharp and which side is the flat side. I can envision cutting my thumb in a pressure situation due to holding the knife upside down.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good knife, but quality issues

When I was looking for a new knife, I needed one that would fit the knife tab on all of my PFDs in addition to being small enough so that when kayaking, it wouldn't...Read complete review

When I was looking for a new knife, I needed one that would fit the knife tab on all of my PFDs in addition to being small enough so that when kayaking, it wouldn't get in the way of paddling or rolling. This knife fits the bill perfectly. Compact, easy to remove from holder, sharp...everything I wanted.

Unfortunately though, this knife has some drawbacks. The first is that it is a bit harder to get back into the holder than other brands (such as Gerber). Not a huge drawback though, as I am much more concerned about being able to get it out quickly.

Secondly, when I bought this product, there were reviews that indicated the grip would delaminate. Those reviews were about a year old at the time I bought the knife, so I was hoping that NRS had decided to address this quality issue. Unfortunately, even with all of the people experiencing this, they have done nothing. The grip on my knife has delaminated on the front side (which is exposed to the sun). I have owned the knife for less than 1 year. My guess is that NRS didn't account for the knife being exposed to UV rays, and thus used a shoddy technique and/or materials to secure the grip. There appears to be a series of small, individual attachments to the knife under the grip, instead of the entire grip being securely adhered or welded. So yes, if you are constantly paddling in the summer, expect the grip to come off. And NRS, come on! This problem has persisted for going on two years now. This is a great product besides for the inherent quality issue. I would definitely recommend it, but am very irritated that the quality of the grip is so poor.

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5.0

Perfect pfd knife

By Dennis

from Ontario, Canada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fishing
    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

    Perfect knife for a pfd. Right at hand & great to have for anyone on a canoe or kayak.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    I like it... kinda

    By Franz

    from NO, LA.

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Easy To Lose
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

      Out of the 12 guides who started out the season with a co-pilot, 3 of them had those same knives at the end of the season. 75% loss, not so good.

      I like the knife. Aesthetics, functionality, size, it's all good. The problem is the attachment I originally put mine on the lash tab of my NRS Ninja, this allowed me to hang on to the knife marginally longer than some of my colleagues who attached it at the side strap. However if you're a rafter you sometimes find yourself needing to get back in the boat, this is where the clip will break and fail you, or the buttons will accidentally depress and pop your knife out.

      My solution some might call overboard, I now attach my Co-pilot to the side straps of my Astral Green Jacket. The clip is tied on with fishing line and covered in gorilla tape. The knife also has a hair band tied around the end of it and placed over the top of the knife looping around the clip to hold it in place. This has worked well. Alas the end result is making the beer opener useless, it's just not worth fooling with the hair tie for non-emergency reasons. Lucky for me PBR still comes in a can.

      NRS was gracious enough to send me a replacement quickly, great customer service! Some of my compatriots we're not so lucky as their knives merely slipped into the murky depths instead of snapping.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best knife I own (and I have many)

      By Husky Alum

      from Iowa

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Fast Deployment
      • Good Price
      • Multi Uses
      • Reliable
      • Sweet Case

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Personal Defense

        Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

        I can't speak for using this knife around the water, but as a self defense knife with additional functions (screw driver, bottle opener, pry bar) it rocks. I use it attached to my belt and can quickly access it for use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good knife, but quality issues

        By Anthony

        from Berkeley, Ca

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

            When I was looking for a new knife, I needed one that would fit the knife tab on all of my PFDs in addition to being small enough so that when kayaking, it wouldn't get in the way of paddling or rolling. This knife fits the bill perfectly. Compact, easy to remove from holder, sharp...everything I wanted.

            Unfortunately though, this knife has some drawbacks. The first is that it is a bit harder to get back into the holder than other brands (such as Gerber). Not a huge drawback though, as I am much more concerned about being able to get it out quickly.

            Secondly, when I bought this product, there were reviews that indicated the grip would delaminate. Those reviews were about a year old at the time I bought the knife, so I was hoping that NRS had decided to address this quality issue. Unfortunately, even with all of the people experiencing this, they have done nothing. The grip on my knife has delaminated on the front side (which is exposed to the sun). I have owned the knife for less than 1 year. My guess is that NRS didn't account for the knife being exposed to UV rays, and thus used a shoddy technique and/or materials to secure the grip. There appears to be a series of small, individual attachments to the knife under the grip, instead of the entire grip being securely adhered or welded. So yes, if you are constantly paddling in the summer, expect the grip to come off. And NRS, come on! This problem has persisted for going on two years now. This is a great product besides for the inherent quality issue. I would definitely recommend it, but am very irritated that the quality of the grip is so poor.

             
            4.0

            Good knife overall

            By Steve Wood

            from Roanoke VA.

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Grip
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Light
            • Solid

            Cons

            • Rusts In Saltwater

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

            I purchased this knife and the Pilot for use on my PFD. I found the Pilot so large it tends to catch on things. But this knife was the trick! Perfect size! Solid attachment to a industry standard plastic knife tab on your pfd, No wabble left and right at all !!! The blade thickness is sufficent for anything you will need to cut without being to thick or thin. Takes a razor edge with a diamond hone.

            The down sides are these in my mind. First it rusts Verry easily in salt water so must be rinsed off after each use in salt with tap water ( or buy the titanium model ). The retention system is bomber BUT I have seen a number of friends loose their knives of this model ( one yesterday ). I attribute that to repetitively snapping the knife back in to the holder and abrading the retention catch away until it no longer holds or dirt gumming up the spring in the catch. The cut out in the knife I bought where they pass through was rough and I filed it smooth to prevent wear on the plastic catch. I also never snap it in. I depress the tabs and place it in, then release them. This prevents wear on the plastic catch arms/hooks/tabs whatever you call them.

            Overall it is a great river knife design. The only improvement to the design I would make is a hole for your finger like the Bear Claw and Neckolas have. :-)

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            • NRS Co-Pilot Knife

              Q:

              I'm excited to have this knife with me but it is impossible to attach to a Kokatac PFD lash tab. Have you had others say the same thing? Just curious, I will have to find another attachment point I guess. Thanks
              Asked on 6/23/2015 by Eric from United States

              5 answers

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Eric, that sheath is tough to attach to the latch tab. It will fit, but might take some forceful finessing. A tip I've heard uses the knife tip to pry up the latch tab while pushing the sheath clip into the latch tab. That should make the process slightly easier.

                Answered on 6/24/2015 by Kyle from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would think the attach,net pints are standard. It takes some effort o fat it on from m my experience. Wiggle it back and forth a bit

                Answered on 6/23/2015 by Peter from Missoula, mt
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                it will attach, it is just really a tight fit.

                Answered on 6/23/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I keep in my pocket of Kokatat Maximus Prime. I like the size of this knife cause it simply fits in the pocket and still able to have two cliff bars in the pocket.
                From the safety concern, I try to simplify as much surface of my pfd as possible.How often do you use the knife on the river? I used only on the ground so far.So quick access is not as important than something could snug unnecessary my two cents.
                Hope this answers to Eric.
                nobu
                nobu suga
                skype:kayakmonkey
                http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/tsuredureamerica

                Answered on 6/23/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No I have not. I had to find another way to attach it too. Works great..
                Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

                Answered on 6/23/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Co-Pilot Knife

              Q:

              How does the sheath attach to the PFD? I see the attachment patch on my PFD, but cannot visualize how the sheath would actually attach to it.

              thanks.
              Asked on 2/15/2015 by Randy

              6 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                On the back of the sheath is a large flat square tab, which slides into the
                square patch on the PFD, with the sheath/knife flat against the PFD. In
                the picture, you can kind of see the opening in the sheath where opening
                for the tab is. The tab is long enough that it goes through both slots on
                the patch, and has a wedged end to stick in the patch -- you can orient the
                sheath 4 different ways. Think about threading a piece of webbing through
                that patch. You go through any 2 slots.
                The patch/tab stick pretty well in general, but if you hit it hard at just
                the right angle you *could* detach the sheath. I know people have lost
                river knives like this climbing back into their boats, by catching the
                sheath on the bow line or boat. You tend to kind of bump your chest trying
                to get back in. It's terrifying to think of all the lost river knives on
                the bottoms of popular rivers.
                This knife is pretty good, clean design, small enough to stay out of the
                way (nothing more ridiculous than a huge, dangerous knife in the rapids),
                blunt tip, the dual metal buttons for release are sturdy, and I've never
                had them pre-release.
                However, I have changed to keep a very low profile, with nothing hanging on
                the outside of my PFD, nothing dangling to get hung up on anything. I keep
                a folding knife in a zipped PFD pocket, which I can open with either hand.
                And I have been hung up by the ankle on a wad of fishing line, and was glad
                for a knife to cut free.
                Hope that helped.
                Ted Fisher

                Answered on 2/16/2015 by El Tedro from Boulder, CO
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi, There is a clip on one side of the sheath, that you push through the
                PFD attchment point. It is kind of hard to get on and off, but that might
                be good as the sheath doesn't fall off so easily. Hopefully the knife
                stays in the sheath.

                Answered on 2/17/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It is a pain in the neck, and once it is on, it´s almost permanent. However, I love it because I do not take the sheath off my jacket.
                Look for the square black piece of plastic on your jacket that has four slits. You have to work the tongue of the scheath into one of the slits and out the other.

                Answered on 2/15/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                There is a plastic tab with a small tooth on it that goes through one end of the tab on your pfd and out the other. It's real simple once you see it and real sturdy. I've never had a problem with mine. Good purchase.
                Perry.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/15/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Randy, there's a tab on the back of the sheath that slides through the slots on your jacket's lash tab. This video showing how to remove a sheath from a lash tab gives you a good view of how it works - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/how_to_knife_lash_tab.asp - Give us a call if you have questions, 800.635.5202.

                Answered on 2/15/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Watch the Video on the product page. At about :45 sec in he shows you how it attaches. It's a simple slot/point on the plastic holder that clips/slides onto a point on a PDF.

                Answered on 2/15/2015 by Cardopski from Shen Valley VA
            • NRS Co-Pilot Knife

              Q:

              The sheath to my copilot broke. Is it possible to buy a replacement sheath?
              Asked on 5/10/2014 by Tabs from Moab Utah

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, the Item # is 47305.01.100; cost is $5.00.

                Answered on 5/10/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Co-Pilot Knife

              Q:

              I love this knife, put to the test on the rogue river last year and spread the avocados, opened beers and cut tomatoes. But the clip ripped off in a cataraft meets whitewater meets rock incident. Can i get a new sheath? I can send pictures or return the sheath? Let me know, thanks.
              Asked on 3/24/2014 by Winker from Arcata, ca

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Hi, sorry to hear about your multi-object collision. Yes, you can order a new sheath, Item # 47305.01.100, cost is $5.00. Boat Safe!

                Answered on 3/24/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Co-Pilot Knife

              Q:

              Can the NRS Co_Pilot be utilized in saltwater?
              Several reviews indicate that if exposed to Saltwater the knife it will rust. I also am concerned about the metal spring located inside the clip, if this is able to withstand saltwater conditions
              I purchased this knife to be used solely for saltwater usage. Is this knife recommended for extended saltwater conditions?
              Asked on 2/16/2013 by why

              4 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                We recommend the titanium model for saltwater use. The steel model will rust. You can reduce that by washing and oiling the knife after every use, but you'll still probably get some pitting.

                Answered on 2/16/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Bought it for a friend. It's pretty good but you have to rinse it immediately after each trip. I use an Atlantic Salt that does not rust but costs 3 to 4 x

                Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It will rust in Salt Water
                You need to buy the titanium one for salt water
                Chris
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have used it in salt water conditions and it has rusted--IF I fail to rinse it and wipe it down after each use. The spring was fine after multiple years.

                Answered on 2/16/2013 by Anonymous
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