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Old 12-10-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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Magnetic Knife Strip Idea

I was looking around at magnetic knife strips and they offerings seem to be pretty slim. A lot of them have exposed metal which I imagine can't be very good for the knives. I was thinking about making my girlfriend one out of solid wood (maybe something exotic like Zebrawood) and embedding very strong neodymium magnets thorough the back, so the only thing exposed for the knife to meet is the wood itself. Does anyone sell anything like this?

I don't have much experience with cooking. If you guys who are more knowledgable had carte blance to custom design a very stylish looking exotic wood magnetic knife holder, what would be important to you? How wide should it be and how much offset from the wall for handle clearance? How many knives would you like it to hold? I appreciate the help...I'll make sure to post pics if I end up making the piece for her (I'm a woodworker).

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:15 PM   #2
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If you are to buy something like that it will put you way over your budget...

You said you were a craftsman right? I would definately try making one for her, that way it is the best size and everything :)

Edit: Just read the rest of your questions. The wood will probably be thick enough so you shouldn't need much offset. I would let it hang from somewhere near where she usually uses her cutting board. I would make it wide enough for a Chef knife, a bread knife, a slicer and maybe even a Santoku. Mostly just the ones that are used the most often.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Hawkeye, I'm definitely planning on making it myself. I was just wondering if anyone else made them so I could take a look at the dimensions. I have no idea how large to make it, etc.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:19 PM   #4
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Why do you think the metal wouldn't be good for the knives?
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:20 PM   #5
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Thanks Hawkeye, I'm definitely planning on making it myself. I was just wondering if anyone else made them so I could take a look at the dimensions. I have no idea how large to make it, etc.
You could use the metal ones out there as a guide.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:20 PM   #6
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I know how magnets tend to grab metal...gaving it grab the knife in the wrong way seems to me like it could send the edge into the metal and damage it.
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I have one with metal magnets and have been using it for years. I see no ill effects on the knives. They are not even marked from the action of sticking and unsticking them.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:22 PM   #8
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"You could use the metal ones out there as a guide. "

OK, guess I will

I was just hoping that maybe someone on here with more experience had some thoughts on how to make it better. I know many times with something basic like this, the designers don't put too much thought into them. Figured with your guys help I could build a better mousetrap, but maybe the mousetrap is just fine as is
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I have one with metal magnets and have been using it for years. I see no ill effects on the knives. They are not even marked from the action of sticking and unsticking them.

However, if you wanted to make one as you describe, you could embed the magnets into a recess and then cover them with a veneer of decorative wood. The magnets whould have to be strong enough to hold the heaviest knife safely through the veneer.
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:28 PM   #10
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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
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