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« on: February 24, 2017, 11:13:53 AM »

Popular knives recalled due to laceration hazard

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 - 11:07 AM

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WASHINGTON - Millions of popular knives have been recalled because they can break during use, posing a laceration hazard.

The affected Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery carving, chef, paring, santoku and utility knives were sold individually and in sets. They were made between August 2008 and March 2016.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that 2 million units were sold in the United States, and about 7,000 were sold in Canada.

The popular knives were available for purchase at places like J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s. They were also sold at other retailers across the country, including on Amazon.

Calphalon said it has received nearly 30 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including injuries that required stitches. The company said it has also received about 3,150 reports of broken knives.

Consumers who own the knives are advised to immediately stop using them and contact Calphalon for a replacement.

The affected products include:

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery
ITEM: 4.5" Parer
ITEM NUMBER: KNR10045C

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery:
ITEM: 7" Santoku
ITEM NUMBER: KNR0007C

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery:
ITEM: Contemporary Paring Knife Set
ITEM NUMBER: 1821332

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Cutle

There were a bunch more models of their knives listed but could not get them on this post. Evan Nappen found it!    

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 09:39:29 PM »

Haha!That's funny.
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2017, 09:37:26 AM »

Last year we were discussing if it was OK to sell a kitchen knife that had broken because of a crack in the blade.
We decided that any knife that breaks while in use has a potential to cut the person using it. You are putting pressure on the blade, when the blade breaks the force that was holding the blade back is suddenly gone and the remaining portion of the blade goes where ever the remaining force dictates, except now it is uncontrolled.

I consider this a strong responsibility on the part of the knife maker to make knives that are as safe as possible for both the client who chooses to put his trust in your ability.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 09:58:35 AM »

Does anyone know or have you ever been injured by a knife when it broke while using it?
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 07:55:22 AM »

Wow! There is a whole lot going on to that story!

8 years of production of those particular knives were affected? either they got a huge batch of bad steel, or a portion of the process on those knives had a big glitch.

what is really amazing is that I just made a chefs knife for a fella who would be replacing a calphalon knife with it. so I did a quick search and found that they were also sold by Walmart, and for pretty inexpensive prices. while I don't believe ive ever used a calphalon knife, but most of the ones in that price range that I have used have been very soft. and since they were soft, they had a pretty robust geometry that you would not think would ever break in normal kitchen knife duty like cutting potatoes, carrots, heck even frozen meats, and I would expect that they would roll over and dent on really rough duty like cracking crab legs.

one thing that I have noticed with inexpensive kitchen knives is that they are subjected to far more abuse than a normal hunter, or a higher priced kitchen knife. they get used for all sorts of wild stuff for that class of knife, opening cans, prying open the stuck kitchen window after the steam from washing dishes swelled the wood of the frame, digging in the garden, stuck in a mechanics toolbox for scraping gaskets, ect.... thinking of it that way, I can certainly see how less than 1/4 of 1 percent of the knives were broken. someone check my math, but 3100 knives out of over 2 million would roughly work out to that.

still, 8 years of production is being recalled!! that is amazing

I think I have been bit by a knife that broke during use. but looking at the scars on my hands, I cannot remember when, so either I just cant remember a particular time, or the cut wasn't bad enough to leave a scar that I can still see.

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 01:10:13 PM »

This doesn't make any sense to me at all.  

3150 knives out of 2,007,000 knives broke. That's 0.15%, or about 1 broken knife out of every 637 knives.

Of the 3150 knives that broke, less than 1% of those caused injury. WTH? That seems like a pretty good record to me. One out of every 637 broke, but that's also 66,900 knives/reported injury!! 

I agree that cheap knives get more abuse. Say I need to scrape mud off my boots, or tighten a screw, or pry on a lid. Most wouldn't use a good knife for that.

The question is, how many of those knives broke with reasonable use?

What would you say if you built 637 kitchen knives, and a single customer broke one?

Maybe, "How were you abusing it?"

They say, "Doesn't matter, your knives are dangerous!"

I'd say, "Just a minute, Obama..."

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