A Million Harbor Freight Pocket Knives Recalled, Literally No One Surprised

James Reeves
by James Reeves

FOX News is reporting that Harbor Freight is recalling a million knives it sold over the past ten years. Knife elitists everywhere say “told you so” and then reach into their pockets to gently caress their Sebenzas.

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A lot of you out there are steel snobs (“Like the guy in the $5,000 suit is going to carry a Kershaw? C’MON!”), but chances are that many of you bought one of these China-made-lawsuits-waiting-to-happen. Take note of this recall, and please bear in mind that it’s going to be tough to type the blog’s URL in when the finger you use to hunt-and-peck looks like an overcooked Vienna sausage because your knife’s Harbor Freight© probably-glass locking mechanism® snapped when you were trying to pry off the padlock that your landlord used to lock you out (again). Don’t use a truck stop tier knife for actual work. Please.

There are “seven reports ‘of the knife failing to lock’ — resulting in at least six reports of laceration injuries, and at least four people needing medical attention.” This story highlights the dangers of the made-in-China “JUST AS GOOD” consumerist philosophy that we are seeing more and more every day, especially in the gun industry. You get what you pay for – it’s true. And what exactly does one pay for an inherently dangerous tool that, when used a certain way, places you and everyone within your blood circle at risk?

People “should immediately stop using the recalled knives and return them to a Harbor Freight Tools store,” the U.S. Consumer Producer Safety Commission detailed in a news release. Consumers who do so will receive a $5 gift card as a full refund.

Wowza. Five (5) dollars. FULL REFUND. Guys, the Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos Combo costs seventy-nine cents more than this Harbor Freight knife, and when those snap it’s because you are biting into a crisp, delicious corn shell, not slicing off your index finger. Certainly no one expected this to be a good blade for $5, but it’s difficult to imagine purchasing just about anything for $5 or less and then later employ it in a situation where failure of this object (that has “CHINA” emblazoned on the edge, no less) would cause death or great bodily harm.

Did Harbor Freight make a junk knife that it could have reasonably expected to be used in a situations where the locking mech might fail? Possibly. But then again, look at the numbers – one million sold and only 7 reports (emphasis: “reports”) of failure? That’s 99.9999993% of the knives out there NOT failing (yet). Hmm.

Please also note the subtle dig at the end of the article:

The California-based company has more than 1,000 stores across the U.S. and sells “great quality tools at the lowest prices,” according to the store’s website.



  • How many people will actually see this recall?
  • How many people will then go through the trouble of returning the “Gordon Folding Knife” for a measly $5 gift cert?
  • How many people who claim the gift certificate will turn around and buy another Harbor Freight folding knife and accidentally cripple themselves or others as a result?

So whose fault is this? Maybe Harbor Freight, maybe the purchaser. But it’s tough to…point the finger.

James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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