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Gerber River Shorty Knife

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The Gerber River Shorty has long been a favorite knife of boaters and rescue professionals everywhere. The sharp blade, blunt safety tip and secure grip handle make it a winner for water rescue.
  • The sharp 420HC stainless steel serrated blade swiftly slices through rope and webbing.
  • Blunt safety tip prevents puncture injuries when used in close quarter emergency situations, and it doubles as a screwdriver blade.
  • The glass-filled nylon handle is not only super lightweight, the raised ridges provide great grip.
  • A few of the ridges are a bit longer for natural finger placement along the lower edge.
  • Grooves on the top of the blade near the handle provide excellent thumb grip.
  • Glass-filled nylon sheath securely locks in the knife and the clip fits solidly in a life jacket lash tab.
  • Made in the USA

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Blade Material: 420 HC Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Fiberglass-filled nylon
Sheath Material: Fiberglass-filled nylon
Total Length: 6.75"
Blade Length: 3"
Weight: 4 oz
Knife only Weight: 2.75 oz
Blade Edge: Serrated
Blade Tip: Blunt
  • Handle raised ridge grip
  • Thumb grip grooves on top of blade
  • Lifetime warranty (North America only)
  • Made in USA

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    How does the knife secure itself to the sheath? Locking mechanism?
    Asked on 11/18/2014 by Diver from CT

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer


      It has a friction fit inside the sheath. Those raised ribs closest to the blade press against knobs inside the opening of the sheath. It's a secure system.

      Answered on 11/18/2014 by Clyde from NRS


      Superb knife
      Safe, functional and a useful size
      The sheath, attached to the patch on the PFD, holds the knife securely,
      handle down. Easy to access. Knife securley anchored to sheath. Never falls
      Best kayak /canoe knife!

      Answered on 11/18/2014 by Anonymous
  • Gerber River Shorty Knife


    Is the Gerber River Shorty Knife suitable for ocean kayak use, or will it rust or degrade in saltwater?
    Asked on 4/25/2014 by Jack from Oregon

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      I've used my River Shorty exclusively in Salt Water for 10 years with nearly no rising, no oiling, basically zero maintenance. Corrosion is not an issue.

      Answered on 3/16/2015 by Chodups from Seattle, WA
    • Staff Reviewer


      Jack, the 420HC stainless steel used in this knife has high corrosion-resistance characteristics. Any stainless steel can corrode, but if you clean and oil the knife after every use in the salt it should work well for you.

      Answered on 4/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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Just what I needed

By Bruce the Diver

from CT

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  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Perfect Emergency Knife
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof


    Best Uses

    • Canoeing
    • Sailing
    • Scuba Diving

    Comments about Gerber River Shorty Knife:

    I am a professional diver, this is the perfect emergency backup knife for cutting fish line or nets

    • Was this a gift?:
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