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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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    NRS Pilot and Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout
    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

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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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3.6

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Easy to attach (13)
  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Comfortable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (21)
  • 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:
    • Advanced (7), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), 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.

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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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4.0

Great knife!

By Zobers

from Lyndon, KS

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Canoeing
  • Personal Watercraft

Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout:

This is my replacement after losing my first one. Long story. Nevertheless, after having this knife attached to my PFD for many years I knew when the situation arose I would be naked without it.

Service and delivery comments:

Prompt as usual

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
2.0

Frustrating

By Jim the runner

from Utah

About Me Advanced

Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout:

Got this for my PFD while whitewater rafting. First day I had it, it was bumped and the knife fell out into the river. I got another one, and a few weeks later I put my PFD on and the entire sheath had been ripped off and was gone—there was only a little piece of plastic left where the sheath clips on. Overall, very frustrating and not reliable.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Warning this may not fit your lash tabs

By Mary

from Glenwood Springs, CO

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout:

This is a great knife but it obviously does not fit the lash tabs on every common brand of PDF. Customer Service claims it does, but on my Stolquist Betsea, the holder had to be filed down quite a bit before it would fit through the lash tab. I wouldn't get one of these unless you are willing and able to modify, if needed. Otherwise it's a great knife.

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3.0

Nice Knife but Extremely Difficult to Attach to PDF

By Mary B

from Glenwood Springs CO

About Me Advanced

Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout:

I had to file down the mounting bracket considerably to get it to fit the lash tab on my newish Stolquist. If the out of the box fit is not universal, it would be nice if you noted that in the description.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works

By kfish

from Fort Collins, CO

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout:

      Use this on our multi-day rafting trips. Haven't ever needed it in an emergency, but it is easy to get off the jacket (and never fell off on its own) so it's working just great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      • NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout

        Q:

        What is the difference between the Co-Pilot knife that is on Closeout and the Co-Pilot knife that is not being closed out?

        Thanks,
        Asked on 2/22/2016 by cjudas from Cedar Falls, IA

        2 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          I have a yellow co-pilot that looks like the one on closeout. I've had it for a few years now. I have never had any trouble getting it in or out of the sheath, but then again I have never had to use it in a real emergency. It has stayed sharp and spreads peanut butter nicely. For the money, it is a good starter knife. When I switched to a rescue vest, I changed to a knife with a more aggressive blade design. It is important to have a knife with the sharpened edge on one side only and at least one serrated area, which this knife has.

          Answered on 2/22/2016 by Krash from Kansas City, MO
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          On the closeout model the "rubberized" grip material on the handle is just applied on the face of the handle. On the newer model, the material wraps around the edges of the handle.

          Answered on 2/23/2016 by Clyde from NRS
      • NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout

        Q:

        How do you remove the sheath once it is attached to the PFD lash tab? I connected it with the knife in a vertical position but I would prefer it be in a horizontal position. Is there a trick because just pulling on it does not work. Thanks.
        Asked on 11/8/2015 by Kaitlin Dale from United States

        3 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          There is a detente lip at the clip on the underside of the sheath:
          - You need to pry that "lip" gently out of the way (away from the
          sheath) to allow the lip to clear the lash tab.
          A screwdriver, a dull knife; anything similar should do the job for you.
          Look closely at the whole assembly and the written description here should
          make sense to you. Good luck.

          Answered on 11/8/2015 by Ahab from Briney Deep
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          My cousin did the exact same thing and never got it back apart as far as I know to switch it . Good luck as it's hard to do. You could try some needle nose pliers/putty knives etc. with a couple people and maybe get it apart.
          Sent from my iPhone

          Answered on 11/8/2015 by Tom-Salmon River, Pulaski from Syracuse,NY
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Here you go, Kaitlin, watch this video to learn how to remove that sheath - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/how_to_knife_lash_tab.asp

          Answered on 11/8/2015 by Clyde from NRS
      • NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout

        Q:

        Very timely post regarding knives. The CO-pilot knife indicates the sheath clip attaches firmly to a PFD lash tab. Could you please tell me where that is on my Clearwater PFD?
        Asked on 8/12/2015 by David from United States

        2 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          couldn’t tell you where it attaches to a clearwater pfd as I don’t have one, but it hooks on a strap on my boat just fine, love the knife!

          Answered on 8/12/2015 by Anonymous
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          David, the Clearwater Life Jacket doesn't have a lash tab. For jackets that don't come with them, boaters often attach the sheath to a shoulder strap with cord or zip ties. The alternative is to carry a folding knife like the Wingman, Item # 47306.01, in one of the pockets. I personally wear a jacket with a lash tab but don't like having a knife on the outside where it can snag, so prefer having the folder in a pocket.

          Answered on 8/12/2015 by Clyde from NRS
      • NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout

        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 - Closeout

        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

        • 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
        • 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
        • 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:

          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:

          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
      • NRS Co-Pilot Knife - Closeout

        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 - Closeout

        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 - Closeout

        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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