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Forged in supernovas and collapsing stars titanium is truly a metal of the gods, combining characteristics like lightness, strength, flexibility, resistance and much more. These characteristics make this material irreplaceable in the aerospace industry, but it reached out much further than that. Sternsteiger has combined this unique material with a core of stainless steel, crafted in the city of blades, therefore creating a unique kind of knives that totally change the game.
All Titanium knives feature a full tang design. Meaning that the steel core reaches from the knives Point to the knives Butt. The steel core is made of a high wear resistant Carbon Stainless Steel (Type 5Cr15MoV) and the blade is coated with a 0.1 micro meter layer of titanium.
This thin layer of titanium bonds with the steel core increasing the blades overall strength. The hardness of the blade without the titanium coating is 58 Rockwell, with the added titanium layer and bonding the blade reaches 61 Rockwell.
After the coating process the blade is mirror polished, creating the knives unique look while enhancing its cutting and slicing ability with greatly reduced friction.
Finally the blade is sharpened with the unique Solinger Dünnschliff which is a traditional diamond sanding technique unique to the german city of Solingen.
The Titanium knives come with a special ergonomic handle designed for every hand shape or size. Its slightly angled inwards to your palm, providing a strong grip for any cuttings.
The scales are made of a anti-bacterial composite called Micarta which features a nice wooden finish. The scales are joined with the tang using 3 rivets.
Here you can see the Titanium series in action and hear some testemony.
The above video is in german, but it shows very well how good the Titanium Series knives are. Here are some slow motion scenes from that clip:
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This Chef's Knife is an all-purpose kitchen knife that can be used for mincing, dicing and chopping. Due to its very light weight and eye-catching design this knife is also perfect for heavy duty work like cutting thicker vegetables and meat.
Santoku blade geometry incorporates the sheep's foot tip. A sheep's foot design essentially draws the spine ("backstrap") down to the front, with very little clearance above the horizontal cutting plane when the blade is resting naturally from heel to forward cutting edge. Providing a more linear cutting edge, the Santoku has limited "rocking" travel (in comparison to a German/Western-style chef's knife). The Santoku may be used in a rocking motion; however, very little cutting edge makes contact with the surface due to the extreme radius of the tip and very little "tip travel" occurs due to the short cantilever span from contact landing to tip. An example of this limitation can be demonstrated in dicing an onion—a Western knife generally slices downward and then rocks the tip forward to complete a cut; the Santoku relies more on a single downward cut and even landing from heel to tip, thus using less of a rocking motion than Western style cutlery.
This knife features the same design as the Titanium Santoku Knife, but adds another unique feature: a hollow edge. The unique characteristic of a hollow edge are several small cavities that get hammered into the blade in close proximity to each other. The purpose of these cavities is to prevent the adherence of particularly thin, greasy or otherwise sticky clippings, such as ham or cheese, on the knife and thus also to cut very thin slices without damage.
This property is due to the reduction of the blade surface which comes into contact with the cut material. In the case of pure cheese knives, there are even holes in the blade instead of the cavities, which achieve the same effect. However, since soft or very thin material can be entangled in the holes, holes are not universally applicable. Cavities, on the other hand, are a good compromise between reducing the surface of the blade and stabilizing the cut material.
A paring knife is a small knife with a plain edge blade that is ideal for peeling and other small or intricate work (such as de-veining a shrimp, removing the seeds from a jalapeño, 'skinning' or cutting small garnishes). It is designed to be an all-purpose knife, similar to a chef's knife, except smaller.
Sternsteiger is still a very young brand - ambitious and fast growing. We came to Kickstarter, because we want to spread the word and enable more people to experience our high quality knives that are manufactured in the famouse city of Solingen in Germany, the "city of blades".
Our mission is to revive the german steelware industry that has been decimated by the competition form the far east. With new ideas and strategies Sternsteiger is already now a known brand in the region.
The Titanium Series is a new product that gets its wide spread release through this campaign. All funds raised will be targeted to production and enhancing our production capabilites.
The goal of 8.000 Euro (about 8.400 US$) is set low for a reason, we want to make sure we make it and get these unique knives into your hands and kitchens.
We hope you like our products and our mission, we'll be happy for every contribution to our efforts! Below you get a overview on the perks that we are offering!
You get 1 full size knife, you can choose from:
You get 2 full size knives and can choose one of these variations:
The Hat Trick
You get 3 full size knives and you can choose one of these variations:
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You get 1 full size knife, you can choose from:
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Early Bird Offers
All the above perks are available in limited quantity as EARLY BIRD. The EARLY BIRDs feature a lower price and are part of a special promotion. They are not replenished once they are gone, so get your pledge in early!
We compiled some nice stretch goals for you, our backers, that include some free extras for each backer and if we cross 25.000 Euro / 26.500 US$ we'll be adding another type of knives to the Titanium Series.
Nakiri Knives are Japanese-style vegetable knives and they have a straight blade edge suitable for cutting all the way to the cutting board without the need for a horizontal pull or push. These also have a very thin blade. This does not help with cutting small bones in fish or meat, but is useful for cutting vegetables.
If we reach 25.000 € (about 26.500 US$) we'll be adding a Nakiri version of our Titanium Series to the options for the perks that include full size knives. In case you like this knife better than those we have to offer from the start, you should still consider backing early to make sure we reach that mark. You'll make the final knife choices only after the campign concludes and until it conlcudes you are able to withdraw your pledge. Of course we hope you won't withdraw.