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Gerber Recalls Instant Knife Due to Laceration Hazard

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by gfanikf, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Member

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    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12163.html

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    Gov docs are all in the PD.
     
  2. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Thanks for posting this.
     
  3. ApacheCoTodd

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    Thanks for the post - I didn't know it was illegal to sell/resell recalled items as it says.
    I have read it a couple of times and fail to see what exactly the laceration hazard is but do note the statement of no incidents/injuries... Curiouser and curiouser.
     
  4. gfanikf

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    Sure thing. I signed up for AlertsPA which is an email system from the state of PA that sends out (totally depends on what one selects) everything from weather reports, prison breaks, product recalls, and more. A lot of the product recalls never get more than a glance and delete, but (as a parent) the one or two that are relevant makes it so worth it (and the Flood warnings too! lol).

    I think it comes from the locking mechanism being faulty.

     
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    Geeze - what a spaz! I completely missed that. Can't be much clearer can it? Thanks.
     
  6. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    Just me, but I think that is an ugly knife. Apologies to those that like it.

    On topic: good on the CPSC, shame on Gerber QC.
     
  7. ApacheCoTodd

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    Nope, not just you. It's tactugly to me too. And really?!? Gerber made in China? Gimme a break!
     
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    Butt ugly.

    I've never had the urge to buy a $50 china knife though so maybe my opinion is a little off.
     
  9. ArfinGreebly

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    "Thumb Plunge" Lock?

    Can someone describe this?

    My Google-fu isn't helping today.

    What's the deal with the lock, and is the failure a quirk, a design problem, or simply bad QC at the offshore plant?

     
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    A plunge button lock is a standard push button lock that is found on switchblades. The button is a cylinder that has a cutout in it that allows the tang of the blade to slip through/past the hardened cylinder. The cylinder has a spring under it pushing it up to keep the cylinder pushed up against the frame of the knife handle until depressed letting the slot in the cylinder come down and let the tang pass. When the button is released the cylinder moves back into place locking the open blade into place.

    The design is well established and is as strong as any out there. Gerber would have had to have tweaked the design and screwed it up (unlikely) OR the factory screwed it up and Gerber let enough into the country to be an issue.
     
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