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May 18, 2009 07:35 AM

Magnetic Knife Rack

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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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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

          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.

          1. re: Soop

            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...)

            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

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

              1. re: Politeness

                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

                  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

                    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.

          2. 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

              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

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

            2. 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

                " 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.

              2. 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:

                1. 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


                    ... 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

                      "(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

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

                          1. re: Soop

                            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

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

                            1. re: dmd_kc

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

                            2. re: Freq Band

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