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NRS Co-Pilot Knife

$59.95 - $69.95


Co-Pilot Knife

The NRS Co-Pilot Knife is an essential companion to bring along on your next rafting trip. This river rescue knife’s chock full of features useful for any river enthusiast. Its blunt blade tip prevents accidental stabbings and raft punctures, and also doubles as a flat-head screwdriver. The handle’s contoured design and rubber grip gives you total control. NRS knows how good a river-chilled beverage tastes, so they added a bottle opener on the handle as well as an oxygen tank valve wrench. Clip the Co-Pilot to your PFD lash tab and this handy tool will never be far from reach.

  • A versatile tool for all your wildest river adventures
  • Corrosion-resistant blade features both a straight and serrated edge
  • Hybrid blade cuts rope, slices veggies, and spreads peanut butter
  • Contoured handle grip built for a steady hold as you work
  • Reinforced sheath clips into a PFD lash leash to keep it handy
  • Handle capable of opening bottles or oxygen tank valves
  • Item #NRS006S

Blade Material
420HC stainless steel
Blade Finish
[yellow handle] matte, [black handle] PVD-coating
glass-reinforced polypropylene
Blade Length
hybrid (straight & serrated)
Blade Shape
blunt tip
Sheath Included
fiberglass-reinforced nylon
[total length] 5.75in
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking, fishing, river paddling
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>Rating: 5

Great River Knife

I've put it through the wringer

Thankfully have not ever needed this for anything serious, but I have used it for spreading peanut butter on whitewater rafting trips and it works great for that. I'm a big fan of the size and also the bright colors that are available in case i drop it in the water there's a better chance to see it.

>Rating: 5

Juuuust Right

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

The Co-Pilot knife was the river knife I had been waiting for. I used another knife for years that I always had to jerry rig to make sure it stayed in the sheath. Not the Co-Pilot! The knife stays put! Until you need it, and then it literally pops into your hand. For a short blade, it’s remarkably versatile. Serrated and smooth areas for different needs. The blunt tip doubles as a flat head screwdriver. The bottle opener has absolutely come in handy at the take out on multiple occasions. All around, just a good, well thought out piece of gear.

>Rating: 5

Confidence Inspiring

I've put it through the wringer

Unless of course I am using it to make my lunch, if I am using my knife on the river it is usually in a higher stress situation. So, I want as much confidence as possible. 2 key elements make the Co-Pilot my favorite river knife. The “wings” if you will, at the top of the grip / base of the blade, give me a lot of control (especially with cold hands.) The knife just does not twist in my hand. The other is the fact that only one side of the blade is sharp. I know with confidence I have a safe side and a “business side.” Advice: I always attach an arms length of super thin cord, from the hole in the handle to my PFD. Enough room to work, but a back up plan if I drop it.

>Rating: 5

Good Quality

I’ve luckily never had to actually use the knife on the river, but it fits perfectly on my PFD. The bottle opener works great, and most importantly it works perfectly to create the perfect PBJ’s.

>Rating: 5

Must Have on the RIver

My sister is a raft guide, so when she lost her last knife, I knew exactly what to get her for her birthday! She always has this with her on the river now!

>Rating: 5

My second go

I've put it through the wringer

I lost my first one this year getting roped out of a cave by my buddy at Kanawha Falls when I fell and the rope ripped the entire unit off of my lash tab (the rope had gotten underneath it). So lesson learned - stow the knife in a pocket before any hairy cliff climbing! Before that I really liked this knife and it is perfect for river trips we do. I've also upgraded my PFD to an Astral Greenjacket. So now I have a more solid connection to a rescue rope if needed in the future and more storage space.

>Rating: 4

Handle the Situation

I've put it through the wringer

Whether that is a true rescue or just apples and PBJ's during lunch - this guy is handy to have. Shorter than the Pilot knife but in my opinion more user friendly because of it. I recommend securing the knife to your PFD with a length of paracord - in a hairy situation the chances you drop the knife are pretty high and a leash just long enough to allow you to bend and reach your ankles will make sure you get to use it when you need it.

>Rating: 4

Quality, but small

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just returned this knife. The quality is great, but I could only get one (and a half) finger(s) on the handle and one finger on the release mechanism. It felt a bit insecure to deploy for my liking, so I ordered the larger Pilot knife. I wear a size 10 glove, for reference.

>Rating: 5

Handy yet secure

Bought this for the lash tab on my NRS Ninja PFD for creek running/play boating and it fits perfectly there within easy reach of my right hand - yet out of the way. It is so nice to know that I can quickly open any cold bottles of brew that come my way! Hopefully won't need it for anything more serious.

>Rating: 4

Solid Knife

I've put it through the wringer

Solid knife with good retention. Definitely one of the most popular knives on the river.

>Rating: 4

solid Knife

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Nothing to fancy and gets the job done. I like how the spring retention holds the knife in place and feels stable. It is pretty flush to the jacket, which is nice.


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>Rating: 4

Good retention- nice knife

The retention of the co-pilot is pretty awesome. Knife has a good weight and feel in hand. Loss of a star for the grip wearing pretty fast, but commercial use is fairly hard on most things.

>Rating: 4

Nice short rafting knife

Sturdy feel with a good handle, the NRS co-pilot knife has a shorter blade than the pilot version and that works well for me because it doesn't stick off as far from my life vest. Haven't had to use it in an emergency scenario but it appears it will do the job if I ever have to.