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Old 12-10-2007, 01:33 PM   #11
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I use metal knife rails, too. I like your idea, maxinquaye. I wonder if you could buy knife rail (I got mine at IKEA for $6) and then build a little "box" around the edge of the rail that stands proud of the rail by just a little (1/8") so that the magnet would hold the knives without the metal actually touching them? I'm not a woodworker so maybe I'm not describing this right.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by maxinquaye View Post
Thanks Andy. I'll likely use a solid piece of exotic stock and embed the magnets from the back.

Have you ever handled Neodymium magnets? They're amazing! I use them all the time...a disk 1/2" across and 1/8" thick will hold over 15 lbs. A 1" by 3/4" will hold 70 lbs! My main concern is testing a few types so thy don't hold the knife too hard
That raises a valid query. If the magnet is too strong, will it have the propensity to grab the knife out of your (or your gf's) hand? That would seem to me to be much more dangerous to both the knife and the wielder than the thin strip of metal on a commercial one. Not to say the design won't work.... Just food for thought.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:18 PM   #13
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I love those magnets (I hear them called earth magnets sometimes)

As long as the strip is anchored well I don't see a problem with getting the knives off. I would do wood incase the knife slides a bit before lifting as I would think it would scratch... but then again I have no experience... just ideas :) That is why I am here too.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:41 PM   #14
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I have a wonderful wall magnet that I got quite cheaply from a tools supply store and I can't see any difference in it and the ones at the kitchen store, except the price. I love it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 08:02 PM   #15
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I would think rare earth magnets would be too strong to be safe. i could be wrong, but that is my gut feeling.

The magnet knife holders out there are very simple and do their job extremely well. There is no damage to the knife and they are commonly thought to be the best way to store knives from a safety, hygiene, and convenience point of view. There really is not much that can be done to them to make them better.

Aesthetically your idea sounds great. I am pretty sure I have seen wooden magnetic knife holders (at Williams Sonoma maybe) that were all wood with the magnets inside. They looked very attractive. I think as long as you find the right strength magnet (not too strong and not too weak) then you could really have something great.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:32 PM   #16
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For wood with magnets GOTO BenchCrafted.com - Home of the MAG-BLOK I have one. They won't scratch knife blades like the steel ones do. Plus, they look fantastic.

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Old 12-12-2007, 09:55 PM   #17
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LOL .... you make the perfect "functional" magnetic wood knife strip ... and then she goes out and buys some really expensive ceramic knives ....

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