Gerber Cohort Knife Recall

Gerber recalls Cohort knives due to laceration hazard. Apparently the blade lock has failed on some of these knives causing injury which in some cases required stitches.This recall actually made the nightly news. This recall is also for those in Canada who have purchased this knife.

Owners are asked to stop using the Cohort and contact Gerber for a replacement.


This from the consumer product safety commission:


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. The following models are being recalled. Model numbers can be found underneath the UPC barcode on the lower right corner on the rear of the hanging blister packaging. For box packaging, the model number is found on the bottom of the box.

Gerber Model Numbers
30-000645N 31-002488NDIP
31-001714N 31-002722HDN
31-001714NDIP 31-002885HDN
31-001715N 31-002885HDQP

Home Depot SKU Numbers
1000044211 1000246978

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.
Sold at

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Home Depot, other retailers nationwide and online at and other online sporting goods stores from January 2013 through March 2015 for about $30.

Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Oreg.
Manufactured in China

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Dave

    That’s what you get with a PoS Gerber, they haven’t been worth half of what they ask for at least 2 decades now.

    • Nicks87

      I carry a Gerber everyday… and I totally agree with you! I consider them throw-aways. They do an adequate job for what they cost and if you lose or break one, oh well, just buy another. The one I carry now is the Remix Tactical and it has been a pretty decent little knife for me so far.

  • Zebra Dun

    Rule # 1 with lock blade knives, never depend 100% on the lock.
    I like Gerber knives, good and not so expensive you cannot use them.
    I have several variants.
    My favorite is the EZ-out 425 it’s got a good lock on it that hasn’t failed in all the years (10) I’ve owned it.

    • Christopher Edward Penta

      They aren’t even half as good as they were 10 years ago.

      • Zebra Dun

        That’s for sure about just everything including me LOL

  • Budogunner

    I once received a free Gerber multitool with a purchase. That taught me to never buy anything Gerber.

    For me, I like Leatherman multitools and Kershaw folders. Kershaw is a lot of bang for the buck, but not so expensive I won’t actually use it. Big fan of the spring assist lines.

    If I could afford better, I would. I’m not saying Kershaw is the only way to go. It’s just that I am not comfortable trusting anything LESS than a Kershaw, like Gerber.

    • Nashvone

      I prefer Benchmade knives but I agree with your sentiment.

    • sam

      Yeah I like Kershaw. Gerber and Boker seem like they’re just phoning it in.

  • john huscio

    Have a benchmade 710, but will switch to a small fixed blade for an EDC…..still use the folder for various tasks around the house, but I have more piece of mind carrying something that isn’t dependent on a small part to function….

  • Roderick Lalley

    Thanks to the rush for china production !!! Refuse to buy china CRAP and things WILL change !!!