The Column, No. 99:
Gerber Cohort Folding Knife Recall
Name of product:
Gerber Cohort Folding Knife
The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade, posing a laceration hazard.
About 150,000 in the United States and 11,000 in Canada
The Cohort is an open frame folding clip knife with either a black or dark gray anodized aluminum handle. The tail end of the handle includes a lanyard hole. When the knife blade is fully extended, it is held in the open positon with a liner lock function. When fully extended, the overall length of the knife is about 7 inches. When closed, the knife measures about 4 inches. The knife blade is 3 inches long, weighs less than 3 ounces and has the Gerber "sword and shield" trademark in silver on the non-clip side of the blade. The Gerber name appears on the knife clip.
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."
Gerber received six reports of laceration injuries, two of which required stitches.
Consumers should stop using the knife and contact Gerber for a replacement.
Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Home Depot, other retailers nationwide and online at www.gerbergear.com and other online sporting goods stores from January 2013 through March 2015 for about $30.
Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Oregon
Gerber Legendary Blades toll free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.gerbergear.com and click on Product Notifications for more information.