View Poll Results: Is there a need for better river knife design?
Yes, current options are not good at all 4 16.67%
No, current options are just fine 1 4.17%
Yes, but current options are generally good enough 19 79.17%
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Old 08-04-2009   #11
g-spot, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2007
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How about a bear claw style river knife in the $20 range? Some of the boaters I know can't afford to spend $40 or $50 on a knife and thus use a quality but cheaper straight locking blade type knife that are available for $15 or $20.

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Old 08-04-2009   #12
Denver, Colorado
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Maybe the design for the bear claw wasn't river specific, but it sure seems to fit the needs very well.

I'm still not sure I've personally got any gripes about it that would cause me to want a new knife.

My previous gerber did fall off somewhere on the river, so good sheath connection is a must. This is a pretty easy fix though, and not a problem with the bear claw.

Maybe a knife that floats could be useful? Might help minimize lost knives.

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Old 08-04-2009   #13
Mt Hood, Oregon
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Floating would be good or at least a "seeable color".
Also, consider a kid size up to age 12-13. They have a hard time with getting them out of sheath, and tough with the attachment placement location on PDFs for kids and the small size PDfs when they get out of the youth size.

Suggestions on the youth size?
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Old 08-04-2009   #14
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Floating...I didn't even think about that...nice.
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Old 08-04-2009   #15
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Why not sheers? EMT sheers seem like they may be just the thing. Or, at least, start out with that design as a base.
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Old 08-04-2009   #16
Aspen, Colorado
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How about a handle just like the bear claw, but with the blade flipped the other way so the serrations are on the top? And make the blade four inches long for a longer cut

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