I thought I would try and contribute to the forum being new and all here. Lately I been on a quest for a decent magnetic knife strip, and after testing a few, searching I came up with the one I posted below with some pictures. Sorry if the quality is not perfect but it came off my iphone.
Some of the criteria I wanted:
Good strong magnets.
Nice looking wood (not plastic).
Actual wood covering the magnets (safer for blades).
Hopefully something not disposable, or over priced.
After trying a few different products that went from Zwilling dual magnetic strips which in my humble opinion did not look right, but also left the knife edge vulnerable to the exposed magnets hard rails. The other offering I tried barely held my knifes on, with many hot zones which I deemed dangerous to falling, and or just poor fasteners for the wall. Finally after some searching I found Makaii which is out of Berlin. http://www.makaii.de (site in German only).
Not only did they offer a variety of woods such as :
just to name a few,
they also had various sizes and option ranging from 24cm up to 144cm in length. Oh yes, and their prices where quite reasonable. I opted for the 48cm Makassar wood (exotic-looking).
width 4.2 cm
depth 3.0 cm.
Packaging came in a cardboard tube, wrapped in paper with the nice part note personally thanking me for my purchase, hand signed. The note was also a template page for where you would place the holes for the two magnetic anchors which you can see in the picture.
Setting up is pretty straight forward and with a little extra care in making sure everything is level and flat one should have no problems.
1. First you take the paper template, a level and mark your two holes to be drilled.
2. After drilling the two holes you screw in the two magnetic anchors/fasteners.
3. Attach the magnetic knife strip by aligning the back of the magnetic strip against the fasteners on the wall. Its all held up magnetically so you can remove it easily for cleaning. But it held strongly!
4. Finally you simply add your knife.
Basically this is a real nice product with some nice little signature quality signs on corners, and the back. It should look fine in many a nice kitchen.
I for one am posting this because in this day and age with so much disposable products, over-charged, and lack of places to find solutions from people who care I figured this needed to be shared. Hopefully this also helps some of our other fellow blade lovers.
Great, service, great product, to which I feel matches the quality of a fine blade.
Cheers and thanks for reading,