Calphalon recalling more than 2 million knives due to handle separation

According to the company has received more than 3000 reports of knives breaking, with several laceration injuries reported. Consequently, Calphalon has issued a voluntary recall of more than 2 million units ranging from individual knives to complete sets sold between 2008 and 2016. The knives are from their “Contemporary Cutlerly” line and were sold at stores including J.C. Penney, Kohls, Macy’s and Amazon.


From Calphalon:

Calphalon has issued a voluntary recall for the Contemporary Cutlery knives because of a potential safety concern identified with the blade breaking from the handle. The model numbers affected by this recall are 1808008, 1808009, 1821332, 1922890, 1922971, 1922976, 1932810, KNR0005C, KNR0007C, KNR10045C, KNR4008C, KNSR002C, and KNSR0102C. The Calphalon name is embossed on the blade. If you own one of these Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery knives, please continue reading to learn how Calphalon will provide you a replacement.

  1. Certain Contemporary Cutlery knives have been recalled
    Certain Contemporary Cutlery knives sold between August 2008 and December 2016 are affected by this notice.
  2. To determine if the knives you own are affected by the recall and order a return kit, submit at the bottom of this page or click here.
  3. Return your Contemporary Cutlery knives using the return kit
    You will receive your return kit to safely return your knives to Calphalon within 1-2 weeks of ordering your return kit. Your return kit will include instructions, special packaging, a prepaid return label for shipping your knives, and a consumer information form to ensure you receive your replacement. Please follow the enclosed instructions to return the Contemporary Cutlery knives properly. If you have any additional questions, please call Calphalon customer service at 1-800-809-7267 between 8am and 5pm ET Monday through Friday.
  4. Calphalon will send you replacement knives
    After we receive and process your returned knives, we will send you replacement knives. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and mailing. Important: Please fill out the consumer information form completely and include it with your return shipment. We will need this information to properly register you for your replacement knives.

Having no evidence whatsoever other than conjecture, it is my guess that the Chinese made plastic handles became brittle with repeated dishwasher cycles. Plausible anyway.



  1. Sam L. says:

    Kitchen knives should never be in a dishwasher.

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