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Old 05-18-2011   #21
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Thanks for the tips guys, I appreciate it.


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Old 05-18-2011   #22
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NRS Pilot is the least secure knife ever. I had one fall off while rafting a ledgey class IV. I was in the boat and the boat was right side up. It was enraging as it was literally the first big rapid I ran with that knife on my vest. The gerber River Shorty I have now is nice and secure. The other Gerber river knife feels kinda suspect security wise to me though.

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Old 05-18-2011   #23
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This is what seems to work for me. Asrtal green, utilize the lower space below the back side of front pocket where there are a couple fitting straps. Left hand gets a butterfly finger hook (have at it buzzards) and right gets a Mcnett blade. If I am holding my kayak paddle I have the ability to loop a finger and still make strokes but when the spreadable elements of lunch come out it doesn't hack it. So, the right hand comes through with the tried and true snub nose blade. Knife was a hook up and has a nice flat sheath and a good clip. Zip ties are cheap and work. Do know a solid old timer that is a true boatman who never sets foot near the water without a 12 inch Bowie... enough said.
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Old 05-18-2011   #24
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I use a Gerber "Design" by Blackie Collins. Best river knife I have seen.

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I have it mounted on the chest of my pfd. Tip up. Rarely, if ever does it get in my way, it has never came out unless I wanted it too, and as a kayaker the sheath is a good place to hang my skirt grab-loop when getting out to "take a break".
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Old 05-18-2011   #25
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I really wasn't a fan of the tab placement on the Descent (same spot as the Rocker). I ended up zip-tying my Gerber Shorty to the left shoulder strap, with the handle tucked in where the strap goes in to the body of the vest; keeps it from snagging, but easy enough to get to when needed.

Looks like Astral has been thinking a bit about this, and they've added a spot for a folding knife on the upper left chest on this year's Greenjacket, kinda like what they used to have on the shoulder strap of the A300, but of course that doesn't help if you're not in the market for a new PFD.

@rebel1916, my experience is that the Shorty won't stay solid if you're pulling it out a lot for sandwich making and what-not; the plastic tabs on the side of the sheath that lock the knife in fold and wear out every time you pull it out or put it in.

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Old 05-18-2011   #26
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I've got a Shorty on my PFD and it's annoying that it does get hung up on stuff from time to time. Looking for alternatives as well. I do have it "bungee'd" in with a light elastic loop so it doesn't go MIA when I need it, but it's annoying to have the knife tab on my chest (I have quite enough sticking out there as it is). I may opt for the new Greenjacket if $ allows.
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Old 05-18-2011   #27
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I've used this one (only for oranges and peanut butter) for the last couple years. It is lo-pro, super secure and easy to release/replace with one hand.

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Old 05-31-2011   #28
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On my Stohlquist Rocker the knife spot sucks because my knuckles hit it when rowing. So I played around and have this little set up which I like.

If anyone sees this as a dangerous situation please let me know, but it does hold it tight and out of my way, yet is easily reachable.

I think I'll get another one to sport as well, as others have suggested. I like redundancy. So I think I'll get another knife.
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Old 06-01-2011   #29
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Knife in teeth is the correct answer.
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Old 06-01-2011   #30
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RMM appears to have an elastic band holding his in as well. Hadn't seen that mentioned, but I use one as well for a downward facing handle on my chest. Lost mine during a swiftwater rescue training, from it being bumped & falling out. Figure it's strong enough to keep it in, but easy enough to break if the need arises quickly, or can be easily unbound (it's through the handle hole & back around the outside) in non emergency situations.

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