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Design Prototype

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About

 

 

Earlier this year 1,146 backers pledged over $200,000 to bring our brand new and improved collection of Titanium Knives to life! Now Sternsteiger is back with the Diana Cutlery Series.

Using a combination of graceful design, traditional Solinger craftsmanship and the highest quality 18-10 stainless steel, Diana is sure to be a one-of-a-kind, beautiful tableware setting for your dining room table. 

 


The Diana cutlery is inspired by classic designs from Germany and the United Kingdom. Diana is made of finest 18-10 stainless steel, which is the best steel for tableware today. This stainless steel has the highest wear resistance for use in dishwashers. Combined with its classic design, the Diana cutlery series is a timeless piece of Solinger craftsmanship that can find its place on any well-laid table. The series includes dinner forks, dinner knives, dinner spoons, as well as dessert spoons and dessert forks.

  

 

 

 

Illustration by Matthäus Merian (1594-1650) in Topographia Westphaliae
Illustration by Matthäus Merian (1594-1650) in Topographia Westphaliae

After World War 1, the artisans and the cutlery makers from all over Germany gathered in the city of Solingen because of its resident steel manufacturing and the availability of stainless steel. During the era of the so-called “stainless steel household boom”, the manufacturers of Solingen became well known for their high-quality designs. 

The Japanese government even formed a city with the same name for producing tableware and knives, but they were lacking the technology and the know-how. 

During this era, the costs for producing these goods in Germany kept increasing, which lead many of the manufacturers in Solingen to outsource their production and knowledge to companies outside of Germany. This approach of outsourcing gave away the famous know-how of the Solingen craftsmanship and the longed envy for technology for producing high-quality tableware to other countries. Soon after the downfall of Solinger tableware begun. 

At the beginning of the 1900s, there were more than 800 manufacturers situated in Solingen that still operated in this field. Today only a handful of companies and manufacturers still reside in Solingen. Among those is STERNSTEIGER, which is trying to revive the industry as a manufacturer itself.

 

Download our press kit
Download our press kit

 

 

 

  

 

Diana is made of the finest 18-10 stainless steel, which today, is the best steel for tableware.

 

This type of steel not only looks exquisite, it means Diana has the highest wear resistance and is dishwasher-safe.

 

18-10 stainless steel hallmark on Diana fork
18-10 stainless steel hallmark on Diana fork

The Diana cutlery is inspired by classic designs from Germany and the United Kingdom. The image below shows some of the drafts that our designer created before our engineers took over. 

Design sketches of Diana
Design sketches of Diana

 

Dimensions
Dimensions

The image below shows the different stages of a fork, from steel blanks to a finished fork. There are more videos on the production process in the prototype gallery at the top of the page. 

 

Diana is produced in a traditional manufacturer in Solingen under the highest German quality standards. All production stages are handled by experienced artisans that ensure the design and quality of every cutlery piece that is made.

 

Sample run of Diana knives
Sample run of Diana knives

All Diana cutlery pieces receive a special polishing that results in a silver gloss finish, just like silver manufacturers. After the pieces are completed and polished they receive the Sternsteiger hallmark, certifying their quality and authenticity.

A dinner knife is receiving its silver gloss finish
A dinner knife is receiving its silver gloss finish

 

Power press placing the hallmark
Power press placing the hallmark

The cutlery gift box you will be receiving your Diana tableware set in is also hand manufactured in Germany. Below are a few animations from the gift box production process and the full set can be found in the prototype gallery at the top of the page.

Assembling the box
Assembling the box

 

Forming of the box inlay
Forming of the box inlay

 

Adding the Sternsteiger Logo
Adding the Sternsteiger Logo

All the hand-made work makes every Diana product a unique and trendy masterpiece. Never in your life will you find another that is exactly like the piece you'll be holding in your hands.

Sternsteiger is a brand in the area of steel goods. Our product portfolio contains scissors for professional hair artists, high durable chef knives, kitchenware and of course cutlery. 

Sternsteiger’s primary manufacturing and logistics facility is located in Solingen, Germany, also known as "the city of blades". It also has spread its wings throughout the world with offices in Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. 

This is the first campaign that is undergone from our office in London, UK and we are looking forward to all your support in helping us bring Diana to market!

 

 

 We are proud to present you the following rewards for your contributions:

Dinner Set

The dinner set consists of a dinner fork, knife, and spoon that comes in a blue gift box. Starting at £48

Complete Set

The complete set consists of a dinner fork, spoon, and knife as well as a dessert fork and knife that all comes in a blue gift box.

EARLY BIRD: £55
Regular price starting at £60

The Dinner Box

The dinner box includes 24 pieces in a blue cutlery gift box:

  • 6 x dinner fork
  • 6 x dinner knife
  • 6 x dinner spoon
  • 6 x dessert spoon

EARLY BIRD: £256
Regular price starting at £278

The Complete Box

The dinner box includes 24 pieces in a blue cutlery gift box:

  • 6 x dinner fork
  • 6 x dinner knife
  • 6 x dinner spoon
  • 6 x dessert spoon
  • 6 x dessert fork

EARLY BIRD: £293
Regular price starting at £317

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Most risks are already taken care of:

1. Diana is a mature product that we want to launch using this campaign
2. All research and development is complete
3. A test run has been performed.

Although Diana is a hand manufactured product, therefore issues and delays can arise that we currently can not anticipate. We are dedicated to keep you, our backers, always informed about the project progress!

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