Sunday, March 8, 2009

Magnetism

In the quest to ban clutter from the counters I picked up a magnetic knife holder. The butcher block knife holder was banished to the garbage. In the block's place the magnetic Goddess holds my knives on a lofty perch atop the glass mosaic tile backsplash.

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One day I'll be able to place a Global Knife in it... Some day.

14 comments:

Summer said...

Looks sharp! hahahahaha... :-)

I desperately want a magnetic knife holder but don't have a good spot for it. Was thinking of getting a block that mounts under the upper cabinets. That's about the only place that is convenient in my kitchen.

Valerie said...

Looks sooo sweet. I love how the blades play off the squiggles while the handle dots play off the tile squares.

rehabordie.com said...

We did a magnetic knife holder too, actually, some time ago.

I really like it, but I also keep the block as I've got a lot of knives. I find it very hard to throw or even give them away.

I did want to warn you, however, to be careful how you pull off and put back your blades. You can ding or mar your edge with the magnet. I don't mind on tougher, smaller paring blades, but I noticed a small ding on my santoku soon after using the magnetic holder. Now I put each blade back BACK first and lift them off blade first. I even let the edge of my santoku hang out beyond the end of the magnet so it doesn't get dinged again.

But even with that issue, it's nice to see your blades and not have blocks on the counter in the way.

Mark

rehabordie.com said...

Ooo!

Almost forgot. Next time you're looking at kitchen shears (or a back up), check out the Fiskars kitchen scissors.

I have actually bought a back up set, I like them so much. They'll bone a chicken easily, they're sharp enough for twine or opening plastic packaging. They come apart for easy cleaning, and best of all they migrate to the garden easily for herbs or dead-heading, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-94717097-7-Kitchen-Scissors/dp/B0000BYCNB

Mark

Liz said...

Looks awesome! By the way, I love your tiles.

ali said...

and when you do place a global knife in there, ohhhh it's gonna feel sooooo good. :D

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

I think I had something really great to say... then I saw Summer's comment and started laughing. Now I have no idea. In any case, I've been looking around your blog for a little bit now. I really love your home. My husband and I have a tendency to get way involved in big projects at our house, too. (Just finished remodeling our 36 sq ft kitchen) My father-in-law kept urging us to get a magnetic knife holder. I didn't realize just how much I would love it. Yours looks really great with that tile.
Okay, I want to poke around some more...
Katie

Corey said...

Katie - I am totally crushing on your kitchen too. You did a great job on your kitchen, and I am totally jealous of you living in Berlin.

Mrs. Limestone said...

I love magnetic knife racks but husband won't let me put one up. Damn him!!

Kathleen said...

Looks great, and it's a lot more convenient than storing knives in a drawer.

Jessica said...

Hi- I have the same type of glass mosaic tile in our kitchen, and we really wanted to do either a magnetic knife holder or a pot rack high above the stove (all of which is tiled). HOWEVER, we were a little weary in drilling through the tile. Our thoughts were...what if we ruin our hard work in putting in the tile with a silly idea of a kife strip, etc.... how did you hang the strip on the tile? was it easy? is there any concern of it cracking or shattering?

Thanks for your advise!
Jessica

Corey said...

Hi Jessica. I too was worried about drilling through the tile but it ended up being extremely easy. I used a masonry bit and drilled through a grouted joint. After drilling I pushed anchors in the holes and hung the magnetic strip.

f447113e-7004-11e0-9535-000bcdcb2996 said...

Hi! Do you still like your decision to do this? We are about to install the same backsplash and I would like to get a magnetic knife strip. Did you find that this compromised any of the tiles or were you able to cleanly screw it in between tiles? Did you add the strip after the backsplash was up (and grout dried completely) or did you add it at the same time?

Please let me know all of your thoughts on this if you would!! Thanks! :)

Corey said...

I am still pleased with this, and while one screw went through the grout easily the other one hit the edge of a glass tile. I just used masonry bit and tried not to go through the center. I would make sure that whatever tile you go through just make sure the strip covers it so if you do screw up nobody will be able to see it. The grout had dried completely, but I suppose you could also do this while the grout was wet.