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The combination of titanium and stainless steel forms a knife which is unlike anything else and we offer a complete series.
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The combination of titanium and stainless steel forms a knife which is unlike anything else and we offer a complete series.
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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. 

The new Titanium Series is Sternsteiger's 2nd generation of titanium knives. The original series launched in 2015 and received a lot of positive customer recommendations, but the design had a lot of room for improvements.

We are proud to launch this 2nd generation here on Kickstarter and share these unique knives with our backers.

All these Prototype 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±2 Rockwell.

Unpolished old series blade on the left, new series blade on the right
Unpolished old series blade on the left, new series blade on the right

Compared to the old series blade, which had only a hardness of 55 Rockwell at best, the blades of the new Titanium Series are not only thinner, but also feature a reduced height. Both leading to a weight reduction of up to 12% in the case of the chef's knife version.

Unpolished old series blade on the left, new series blade on the right
Unpolished old series blade on the left, new series blade on the right

After the coating process the blade is mirror polished by hand using a new nano particle buffing technique. This buffing technique improves the blades resilience against sticky clippings, leading to a lotus effect on the blades surface. Therefore giving the knives their unique look while enhancing their cutting and slicing ability with greatly reduced friction.

Titanium knife getting its Solinger Dünnschliff
Titanium knife getting its Solinger Dünnschliff

In contrast to the old series, which where mechanically sharpened, the new blade is hand-sharpened with the unique Solinger Dünnschliff, which is a traditional diamond sanding technique unique to the german city of Solingen

Development sketch of the new handle with new rivet orientation,where as Letter E in Diagram stands for Ergonomie Angle
Development sketch of the new handle with new rivet orientation,where as Letter E in Diagram stands for Ergonomie Angle

The Titanium knives come with a new special ergonomic handle designed for every hand shape or size. Its slightly angled inwards to your palm, providing a strong grip for any cuttings and improved grip in case the handle gets soaked.

Old series fine wood handle on the left, new series handle on the right
Old series fine wood handle on the left, new series handle on the right

The scales are now made of a anti-bacterial composite called Micarta, instead of fine wood, which features a nice wooden finish. The scales are joined with the tang using newly oriented 3 rivets.

 

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Here you can see the Titanium series in action and hear some testemony. 

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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: 

Chef's Prototype Tomato slicing test
Chef's Prototype Tomato slicing test

  

Tomato fall test for the Chef´s Prototype Knife
Tomato fall test for the Chef´s Prototype Knife

 The following video shows how sharp the Titanium Series knives are ... 

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    Prototype under Curve Paper cuttings Test   "Sharp like a razor"

 

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. 

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Chef's knife
  • The blade is 8 inch / 20 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • 5Cr15MoV stainless steel core
  • The blade is coated with a 0.1 micro meter layer of titanium
  • The blade is mirror polished
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.35 lbs / 158 g

 

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.  

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Santoku
  • The blade is 7 inch / 18 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • 5Cr15MoV stainless steel core
  • The blade is coated with a 0.1 micro meter layer of titanium
  • The blade is mirror polished
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.34 lbs / 156 g

  

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. 

Sketch with old angle on the left, new angle on the right
Sketch with old angle on the left, new angle on the right

Based on the 1st generation our engineers improved the design of the hollow edges angle, which increases the cavities effect. The new cavities and edge angle dramatically improved the blades resilience against sticky clippings.In our 2nd generation, blades cutting curves has been decreased, which results into more sliding effect through the cuts.

 (Please see markings,sketch RIGHT )

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Santoku with hollow Edge
  • The blade is 7 inch / 18 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • 5Cr15MoV stainless steel core
  • The blade is coated with a 0.1 micro meter layer of titanium
  • The blade is mirror polished
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.34 lbs / 156 g

  

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.  

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: similar to Chef's knife
  • The blade is 3.5 inch / 10 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • 5Cr15MoV stainless steel core
  • The blade is coated with a 0.1 micro meter layer of titanium
  • The blade is mirror polished
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.2 lbs / 90 g

 

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, The Funds generated will enable us to bring all above Titanium Prototypes to  Reality. 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! to bring these from Prototypes into a Reality. Below you get an overview on the perks that we are offering!

The Knife 

You get 1 full size knife and you can choose from: 

  • Titanium Chef's Knife
  • Titanium Santoku Knife
  • Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • UNLOCKED: Titanium Nakiri Knife

In addition you receive  ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Pair

You get 2 full size knives and can choose one of these variations:

  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • UNLOCKED: Combinations with the Titanium Nakiri Knife

In addition you receive ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Hat Trick

You get 3 full size knives and you can choose one of these variations:

  • 3x Titanium Chef's Knife
  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 2x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • UNLOCKED: Combinations with the Titanium Nakiri Knife

Each order of "The Hat Trick" receives an additional ...

  • Titanium Paring Knif

and in addition you receive ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Short

You receive 1 ... 

  • Titanium Paring Knife

and in addition you receive ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Outfit

You get 1 full size knife and you can choose from: 

  • Titanium Chef's Knife
  • Titanium Santoku Knife
  • Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • UNLOCKED: Titanium Nakiri Knife

and you get 1 ...

  • Titanium Paring Knife

In addition you receive ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Quartet (unlocked at 25.000 Euro stretch Goal)

You get 4 full size knives and you can choose one of these variations:

  • 4x Titanium Chef's Knife
  • 3x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 3x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 3x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife + 2x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife + 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 2x Titanium Chef's Knife + 2x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 3x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 3x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Kinfe + 3x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 4x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 4x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 3x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 1x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 2x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 2x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 2x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 4x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 3x Titanium Nakiri Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 3x Titanium Nakiri Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 1x Titanium Chef's Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife + 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge + 1x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • etc.

Each order of "The Quartet" receives an additional ...

  • Titanium Paring Knife

and in addition you receive ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

The Series (SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER)

As a special offer, based on backer feedback, we are making a limited quantity full Titanium Series set available at EARLY BIRD pricing!

"The Series" contains the following:

  • 1x Titanium Chef’s Knife
  • 1x Titanium Santoku Knife
  • 1x Titanium Santoku Knife with hollow Edge
  • 1x Titanium Nakiri Knife
  • 1x Titanium Paring Knife

and of course ...

  • 1 x Free Cleaning Cloth - Unlocked at the 9.000 Euro stretch goal!
  • 1 x Free Sharpening Stone - Unlocked at the 15.000 Euro stretch goal!

This offer is limited to 150 full sets!

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. 

 Details 

Nakiri Knife 

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.

Update 03/22/2017:

Since we reached our goal and our planned stretch goal within the first week of our campaign we are working on additional stretch goals, that will be announced as part of future updates.

  

We hope with your SUPPORT we will be able to bring these 2nd generation Titanium Knives into reality .

 

Risks and challenges

The Titanium Series is a mature product line, which we would like to extend witth the Nakiri Knife, but all major risks have already passed.
-Specifically,
-The R& D is done.
-The Prototypes have been produced
-All of the Knives, Videos and Photos you see in this Campaign are made from real above Prototypes.

We know how important the transparency is and we commit to alwys keeping you in the loop about the status of our campaign...

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    1x Titanium Nakiri Knife.

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