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Recall of the Week: Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets due to laceration hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

Calphalon Corp. is recalling about 217,000 Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets in the United States and 300 in Canada.

11246a The tips of the 8- inch slicing knife and/or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder, posing a laceration hazard to consumers

Calphalon has received one report of a cut finger injury.

11246b The recall involves all 17- and 21-piece Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets with model numbers KNS17C and KNS21C. The knife sets were manufactured from August of 2007 through May 1, 2011. The recalled cutlery sets don’t have model or date code markings on the wooden block although all sets have the "Calphalon" logo stamped in black on the front. Knife block sets with a three digit number imprinted on the underside aren’t included in the recall.

Manufactured in China, the knife sets were sold at Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Dillard's, Kitchen Collection, Cutlery and More, Carlson Marketing, Maritz, Hinda, Calphalon Retail Outlets and stores nationwide; online by Amazon, and; and in Chef's Catalog from 2007 through May 2011 for $200 to $300.

11246c Consumers should immediately contact Calphalon to receive a free repair kit for the recalled products, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

To order a free repair kit, contact Calphalon at 800-766-5652.

For additional information, call Calphalon at 800-809-7267 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at

For details on other recalls, see

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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buck hoodlum

I just have to wonder why the wooden holder has slots in the bottom to begin with. I think it would be a whole lot better if the holder was simply big enough or the knives smaller so the blades didn't have to reach the bottom.

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