The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Gerber is recalling about 2,900 Uppercut knife and sheath sets due to a laceration hazard.
There is an issue with the sheath where it does not hold the knife correctly, allowing the knife to be released unexpectedly.
If you have one of these, the US CPSC advises to cover and store the knife in a safe area out of reach of children. Contact Gerber for instructions on returning the sheath for a free replacement.
All Uppercut knife and sheath sets sold between 3/2013 and 6/2013 are affected.
More Info(via CPSC)
Recall List(via Gerber)
Gerber contact phone number: 800-289-4560, 9am-5pm ET Mon-Fri.
One incident has been reported where a consumer suffered a laceration that required medical attention but no stitches.
Laceration hazard? What is that thing used for besides lacerating folks? From the design, it looks like a tool designed to kill someone in a bar fight, not open a package or prepare food or camping. Sure, I would have thought it was bad-ass when I was 13 and worried about school bullies, but I see no reason for anyone to own this in the first place.
Am I missing something? That tool doesn’t look like it has a single practical use other than f-ing someone up in a fight. It’s not even a defensive weapon. Wielding a large shiny knife tells an attacker to go away. A hard-to-see blade in your fist looks like something designed to kill someone by surprise.
Nope, you’re not missing something. Looks to be a “tacticool” collectible rather than a practical everyday type of knife. Still, it’s being recalled due to laceration hazard it poses to owners/users/collectors.
Going to be honest here, I completely agree with Steve here. This doesn’t look similar to a tool used for general purpose work or even for camping, but rather to inflict harm and possibly kill a person covertly.
Sure, back when I a kid and I wanted to look “tough” maybe this item might look cool, but I am not sure this tool has any other use other than to quickly end a fight.
First with zombies, now with items such as these.
Knives/daggers like these are designed and brought to market because people keep buying them. The Uppercut is more weapon than tool, but I thought the recall was worth mentioning nonetheless.
My dad has arthritis, and a knife with a handle such as this, allows him to use a knife comfortably, just by the way he can grip it. His is a single edge, so he can apply pressure to the backside of the blade if need be. I don’t think a double edged version has a lot of truly practical uses, but then again, neither do those big spoke wheels with the 2 inch tall tires, loud mufflers, or rap music. I think Gerber makes a knife like this, because they sell them.
If it’s sharpened on both edges it is illegal in my state because such knives are considered weapons.
In what state are you not allowed to have/carry weapons?
I can’t speak for his state, but here is an excerpt from NJ law:
Certain weapons. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack, metal knuckle, sandclub, slingshot, cestus or similar leather band studded with metal filings or razor blades imbedded in wood, ballistic knife, without any explainable lawful purpose, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
I suppose the Uppercut can be considered a dagger or dirk of some kind.
Illegal to CARRY is not the same as illegal to own.. Pretty sure you could own it in any state as a show piece or collectible.. Both of those would be explainable legal purpose’s.
Paul in Leyden
Gerber calls it an “uppercut knife” but it is a “push dagger”. Their moniker for it is even more ominous.
For more info and history see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Push_dagger
People buy these sort of knives to be laceration hazards.