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Magnetic Knife Rack

Soop May 18, 2009 07:35 AM

I've seen the wood ones, but I really like this:

Good value eh?

*edit* bought it. Man, that's £200 gone today. And I'm eyeing up a steel too...

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    deeznuts Nov 5, 2009 12:10 AM

    I like the rubber ones, pretty cool.

    I plan on getting a mag-blok

    but am going to put it over a counter somewhere just in case. Another nifty solution is this magnablock which allows you to place knives on either side

    And if you have the tools you can make your own mag blok pretty easily
    Rare earth magnets are used, they're quite strong

    1. Freq Band Oct 6, 2009 07:08 AM

      Do the knives become "magnetized" after a while ?
      ...and collect iron filings that could be transferred to the food ?
      ...and would they then be "attracted" to your honing steel, in a bad way ??

      (my girlfriend is attracted to my honing steel in a good way, but that's another story.)

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      1. re: Freq Band
        Soop Oct 6, 2009 07:14 AM


        ... Anyway, no, the knives shouldn't be magnetised, at least not much. And I can't see that it would affect the honing if it did.

        1. re: Freq Band
          Fritter Oct 6, 2009 07:36 AM

          "(my girlfriend is attracted to my honing steel in a good way, but that's another story.)"

          I just spit coffee all over my monitor.........TFF

          1. re: Freq Band
            Freq Band Oct 22, 2009 09:19 PM

            I made my own .......

            with a rubber surface......


            1. re: Freq Band
              Soop Oct 23, 2009 03:32 AM

              I really like that. It seems really stable. Although... Do the handles not prevent the blades sitting flat?

              1. re: Soop
                Freq Band Oct 23, 2009 04:20 AM

                Hard to see in the photos, the knives sit away from the wall...enough to stick some fingers under the handles, and twist off the knife.
                (flash photos flatten things out)


              2. re: Freq Band
                dmd_kc Oct 23, 2009 06:31 AM

                WOW! How super cool! I am inspired after seeing this FANTASTIC idea.

                1. re: dmd_kc
                  Freq Band Oct 23, 2009 03:32 PM

                  ...affectionately termed..."Knife Cozy"

                2. re: Freq Band
                  slowandsteady Nov 4, 2009 12:56 PM

                  I really like what you did there. How would one go about making something similar? Materials? Cost? Time?

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                Nyleve Sep 6, 2009 09:29 AM

                I have had and have used a magnetic knife rack for, probably, 30 years. My first one was the typical kind, made of wood with two embedded magnet strips that are visible on the surface. It held the knives securely enough, although if I bumped up against it a knife could possibly be dislodged. I can't imagine how you would "nick" a knife using this rack any worse than you might nick one in regular knife usage.

                My newest one - I just bought it last year - is a strip of what looks like solid cherry wood. There are ridiculously strong magnets embedded in the wood but they can't be seen. All you see when you look at the rack is a simple block of wood. It's very elegant and works unbelievably well. The magnets are so strong that I swear they pull the knife in from 6 inches away. At any rate, you just have to be careful to lay them on the rack gently and there can't possibly be any danger of damage to the blades since the surface is wood. As for falling off the rack - ha. If an earthquake were strong enough to knock anything off that rack, you'd have much bigger things to worry about than your knives.

                This is it:

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                  mech_e Sep 4, 2009 10:49 PM

                  Kind've a dumb question: How is one to place the knives on a magnetic rack without hurting the knife or themselves? The ikea rack has some super strong magnets in it, and I worry about using it.

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                  1. re: mech_e
                    Fritter Sep 5, 2009 04:57 AM

                    " How is one to place the knives on a magnetic rack without hurting the knife or themselves? "

                    That's been the subject of many debates. I would not put my knives on a traditional metal magnetic rack. Magnetic racks have been banned by the health department in several states due to the knives falling off the racks.
                    As always there will be others who feel differently.

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                    Cinnamon May 18, 2009 07:21 PM

                    That's cool, but I live in L.A., where last night we had a moderate earthquake. I think I'll skip magnetic knife racks.

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                    1. re: Cinnamon
                      SilverlakeGirl May 18, 2009 07:51 PM

                      Funny, I've lived in LA for decades and even the Northridge quake did not knock the knives off my magnetic rack nor damage them.

                      I love magnetic racks. They do what they are supposed to and they are out of they way [off the counter].

                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                        Cinnamon May 18, 2009 08:31 PM

                        Glad to hear that. Maybe they need magnetic racks for everything else in a house too.

                    2. Politeness May 18, 2009 09:13 AM

                      Soop: "Man, that's £200 gone today. And I'm eyeing up a steel too..."

                      Were it me, I would have bought the steel first, a good F. Dick oval or flat, which you will keep forever. Everyone we know who has magnetic knife racks keeps dinging the edges on the magnets, and so they really need their steels, and have to employ them much more than the rest of us who rest our knives on their spines in knife blocks..

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                      1. re: Politeness
                        Stephanie Wong May 18, 2009 05:34 PM

                        I believe OP's rack has a soft rubberized exterior covering the magnets. I love the colors but wonder if the "skin" would get nicked by the knives.


                        1. re: Stephanie Wong
                          Politeness May 18, 2009 05:53 PM

                          Stephanie Wong, you're right. Soop, I should have followed the link and seen the product before posting, but obviously I did not.

                          1. re: Stephanie Wong
                            choco_lab38 May 18, 2009 06:03 PM

                            I use a magnetic knife block and it's very easy to carefully place the knives without nicking them or the rack--I just hold the knife at an angle so that the knife attaches spine first.

                          2. re: Politeness
                            Soop May 19, 2009 01:25 AM

                            Yeah, I've heard great things about that steel. Hey politeness, is there a review of steels anywhere? I saw a fallkniven one on ebay that looked good. I was thinking ceramic, but I'm unsure. At the moment, I'm considering those two or a global (I have a Global knife)

                            Which f. dick steel is the really good one? They seem to be hard to find in the UK.

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                              Politeness May 19, 2009 04:22 AM

                              Soop: "Which f. dick steel is the really good one?"

                              Excellent question, as Friedr. Dick steels come in several shapes and "cuts" (fineness of grit). The Knife Merchant in San Diego, California, who sells a lot of steels from a lot of makers, has a nice, unambiguous answer to that question that is worth taking into consideration: http://www.knifemerchant.com/tips.asp (Hint: the model number he references is the Dick 2000 Flat steel. There is an explanation of the shape on the Knife Merchant site where the Dick 2000 is displayed. http://www.knifemerchant.com/products.asp?manufacturerID=132&mtype=21#589)

                              The Dickoron Micro Super Fine Cut Oval steel is also a nice steel to lust after. There are some reviews at the Knife Merchant site, but they are pretty perfunctory.

                              Edit: But this review: http://www.knifemerchant.com/product_... is cause to take notice.

                              1. re: Politeness
                                Soop May 19, 2009 04:34 AM

                                Excellent! Thanks a lot, I'll read now :)

                                1. re: Politeness
                                  Soop May 19, 2009 04:42 AM

                                  Ok, They do the 2000 Flat steel, but it's pretty expensive at £80. That's birthday-present expensive, but I don't know if I can wait a month!

                                  As far as the Micro Super Fine Cut Oval is concerned, They do that, but it's not the Dickoron. Those all say "saphire cut". Is that the one? V

                                  Cos that looks really nice :)

                                  1. re: Soop
                                    Politeness May 19, 2009 05:02 AM

                                    Soop, the model number at the Pro Knife site (7500330) for the Super Fine Cut Oval matches the model number of the one that carries the Dickoron moniker on the Knife Merchant Site, and also the model number of the one at the upper right in the Ace Industrial .pdf page, so it is pretty certain that they are all the same model. And the model that was gushed over in the review that I alluded to in my edit at the end of the previous post (7598324) is also available at the Pro Knife site, just to give you one model more to consider. ;-)

                                    1. re: Politeness
                                      Soop May 19, 2009 05:14 AM

                                      I like the flat one, but I think it's a bit OTT. Hmmm... choices! I think it's getting me a bit like I was when I was buying a knife. I don't *need* an incredible steel...
                                      I love the look of 7598324, with the red handle.

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