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Old 07-31-2008   #1
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NRS pilot knife

have been using my reliable gerber river runner for years, looking at the NRS Pilot knives, are they worth it? looking to upgrade and i think i may do it, any infor good or bad would be appreciated, thanks!

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Old 07-31-2008   #2
 
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I have one and like it so far, but no real rescue tests. Things I noticed is the handle end of the knife is for I think, breaking glass, which makes it a consideration as how you mount it on your PFD, I started with back end up towards my face and immediately switched. Other than that the handle itself is thin but does have decent grip.

The bottle opener works as promised......
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No rescue tests either but I'm super stoked on the knife. I was originally skeptical of the fact that the attachment was not a screw-on bar like all the other knives I've had. Contrary to my concerns it is on there rock solid. The blade is sharper than any other river knife I've had, the bottle opener is sick, visible color under water is a great idea (orange, not black). The thing I like most is it's much easier to pull out with one hand than my other knife. My only real complaints stem from the way it attaches to my PFD, which is a complaint about the PFD, not the knife.

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Old 08-01-2008   #4
 
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count, you got one too?

I too like mine, super easy to get off your vest in a hurry, but stays on tight when you don't need it in your hand.
My complaint is the little glass-breaker end also. It sits too low on my PFD, and if i'm just chilling in an eddy, with my paddle on my lap, it catches a little bit, and scratches up my paddle.
Other than that, its a saweet knife!
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Yeah, lost my old one in Trash Can.
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the glass breaking end can be easily ground off
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ya, it certainly could, just hadn't thought about that... i'm bringing it to work on monday to grind it off i think... its not too often that you need to be breaking windows with your kayak knife...
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So I do have the issue of the knife catching on the paddle but my complaint isn't the knife or the "glass breaker" (nice feature although I think it's actually there for divers to tap on their tanks as a form of communication) but rather where it mounts on the PFD. I have the Astral Rescue Vest and the mounting clip is about halfway down the shoulder on the right strap. I would like to remount it (or mount another clip) higher (so it doesn't catch on the paddle as easily) on the left shoulder (so it's easier to grab with the right hand). Does anyone have any experience doing something like this? I'm a little nervous about doing it myself because that attachment is so bomber and it needs to be.

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P.S. You never know what kind of strange tools you'll need on the river. I would keep the glass breaker on as it may come in handy for something completely different.
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although, i could see its use.

running shuttle, have your PFD on in the car, and suddenly you end up in the creek for some unknown reason, it may be nice to have on you...
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You never know when you are going to find a car strainer in the river, right?
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