I am not in fact shocked to find out that Gerber is facing a recall due to a faulty locking mechanism. I would frankly be shocked to discover that they have gone back to their roots and produced a tool of quality. Nathan said it best in his “Gerber Sucks” post:
“Gerber has become the punchline for jokes on forums and other social media because their quality is horrendous. If they do not do something to turn themselves around then the only thing saving them from being gas station knives is their marketing.”
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there have been 6 reported incidents of lock failure.
It took a bit of looking on Gerber’s website, but I was able to find the recall notifications. In fact, when I found the page there are actually 8 active recalls for Gerber products. The specific information on the Cohort recall is as follows:
“Gerber Cohort Knife (Model Nos. 31-000645N, 31-001714N, 31-001714NDIP, 31-001715N, 31-002488N, 31-002488NDIP, 31-002722HDN, 31-002885HDN, 31-002885HDQP, 31-001714NDIP)
Gerber is voluntarily recalling our Cohort Knives due to safety concerns. The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade, posing a laceration hazard.
A product date code appears on the blade, beneath the thumb stud, on the clip side of the knife. The last figure in the code is a letter, and the recall applies to all Cohort knives with the letters “E” and “F.”
These Cohort Knives were first sold between January 2013 and March 2015. If you own one of these Cohort Knives, stop using it immediately, close the Knife carefully by folding the blade into the handle.
Please contact Gerber at (877) 314-9130 between 9 am and 5 pm PT Monday through Friday to arrange for your replacement.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but your safety is our primary concern. Thank you for your cooperation.”
We here at TTAK are sorry to see a company with such a rich and storied history reduced to junk status. However, I not only refuse to endorse any of their products at the moment, I actively discourage my readers from wasting their money on Gerber products. If you are lucky you might purchase a merely adequate tool. More likely than not you will be purchasing a tool that is of inferior quality and possibly even dangerous to use.
If someone from Gerber reads this and believes our assessment to be unfair, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can be reached at any time. I would be happy to discuss this with your representatives at the Blade Show. I welcome your response.