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NRS Co-Pilot Knife

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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.

Product Reviews

  (44)

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  • video: NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife Video
    NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife Video
    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

    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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NRS Co-Pilot Knife
 
3.6

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to attach (13)
  • Durable (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (18)
    • Paddling (15)
    • 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 (40), 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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    (3 of 3 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. :-)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        A solid little knife!

        By Kam

        from Fall River, MA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Grip
        • Durable
        • Finish
        • Opens Beers
        • Sharp Blade

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Camping
          • Canoeing
          • Kayaking
          • Rafting
          • Survival

          Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

          I have the co pilot lashed on my pfd for kayaking. Out of the box this is a razor sharp knife. I like serrated edges, goes through rope like its butter.Jimping before and after the guard helps keep the knife from slipping out of your hand.Also helps with control. Perfect size so it aint in the way. So far the sheath seems bomb proof. The open design makes it easy to get at.Fits in the lash tab of your pfd tight so, no way thats coming out. The tabs that release the knife are great. You have to press both to release it. If you accidentaly push one, the knife isn't coming off.Plus it opens beers and drives flathead screws. Another solid product from NRS.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just right

          By WilliamP

          from Arizona

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Attach
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • Recreational Paddlers

            Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

            I installed this on my Zen Type V PFD. It is a perfect fit for the lash-tab.
            It uses a unique release where you squeeze both sides of the sheath and the knife releases directly away from the body. It is an unusual design but it is intuitive and easy to perform with just a little bit of practice and it does not require 'elbow room' to draw the knife from the sheath.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            It's a perfect size for my PFD

            By MR GO

            from Chesapeake, Virginia

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Attach
            • Improves Comfort
            • Perfect Size
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Kayaking Trips

              Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife:

              As an accomplished open water diver, a knife becomes part of your gear. As a beginner kayaker, a knife also is eccential piece of your gear. Cutting lines etc. This knife is a perfect addition to my equipment. It,s rubber handle helps stop slippage, and it is all steal.

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              • No

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