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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 13 2018 3:28 PM UTC +00:00.

Matthew I CastagnaBy Matthew I Castagna
First created
Matthew I CastagnaBy Matthew I Castagna
First created
$3,140
pledged of $115,000pledged of $115,000 goal
52
backers
29days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 13 2018 3:28 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Kitchen knives reinvented! 

All knives get dull! Even ours. The question is, what do we do with them when they are dull?                                                                                                               

  • Hack our way through our next food prep session?
  • Mail it back to the manufacturer in Timbuktu for sharpening while we sit knifeless for 2-3 weeks?
  • Wait till the next time our friend, the knife sharpening guru, shows up at our house for dinner and then we sheepishly ask them to sharpen our knives for us?
  • Invest in a $185 knife sharpening system?

NÜEDGE knives™ is a one-of-a-kind kitchen knife with a re-sposable blade! Just slide the cardboard blade protector over the blade, push the blade release button, and remove the dull blade. Drop it in your recycle bin (please recycle!) or the trash, and insert a new ultra-sharp factory blade. Never put up with a dull knife again!  

Available Models

NÜEDGE knives™ handles have three different colored inserts to choose from. The handles themselves are black and each comes with either 3 or 6 interchangeable and replaceable blades, plus a bin that stores your extra blades.   

Handle insert colors you can choose from are pictured below. (Color  choices will be available at the conclusion of a successful campaign via  BackerKit.)  

 You can choose

  • THREE blades, one each of the following blade profiles: chef’s, slicer, and santoku 
  • SIX blades, two each of the blade profiles: chef’s, slicer, and santoku 
  • Blade number choices—three or six—are currently available. See Backer rewards in the Support (rewards) column on the right side of this page.

“the most important tool in the kitchen is the knife” –Huffington Post 

Kickstarter Pledge Terminology - For clarification, here are some of the terms used with the Pledge offers on Kickstarter.

  •  Early Bird Specials are rewards that have limited availability. Once that limit has been reached, Backers may pay a few extra dollars and back the project at a slightly higher dollar amount.
  •  Limited refers to the amount of rewards (knife sets) available at a certain price point.
  •  Unlimited means that there is no limit to the number of rewards (knife sets) available to Backers. Rewards from this category will ship on later dates.
  •  First Batch refers to the manufacturing and shipping date. Rewards with this title will be shipped at the same time as the Early Bird Specials.
  • Backers can choose only one pledge level—only one item per order is allowed in your shopping cart.

IMPORTANT: Your credit card will NOT be charged

  • until the END of our Kickstarter campaign
  • and ONLY if we reach our funding goal

60-Day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee

If at any time within 60 days after the delivery of your NÜEDGE  knife™, you are not satisfied with your knife for any reason, you may  get a full refund of your purchase price, excluding original shipping  costs. 

What Makes a Great Knife?

When you think about it, not a whole lot has changed in knife-making in the past two centuries! Knife makers have tried to address the problem of the “dull knife syndrome” since the first caveman used a flint knife. It’s hard to compare NÜEDGE knives™ to other knives because there just aren’t any other kitchen knives like them on the market! NÜEDGE knives™ replaceable blade knife system has finally moved kitchen knives into the 21st century. These SEVEN factors make a great knife: Sharpness, Convenience, Materials, Blade Steel, Product Inspection, Dependability, and Honest Price. 

                                                 Sharpness

Realistically, the knife you’re going to reach for in your kitchen is the sharpest one you’ve got. If it’s dull, it doesn’t matter that it’s the chef’s knife you paid $175 for… you’re just not going to use it! Our guess is you’ll find yourself reaching for your NÜEDGE knife™ every time. Save time and the frustration of trying to get a good edge on a dull blade. With NÜEDGE knives™, you’ll never have to resharpen a knife again!

I read an ad recently where a company boasts that their blade has over 60 layers of folded steel, to which we say, “so what?”  It’s going to get dull, and then you’ll have to do something about it. With a NÜEDGE knife, you just pop in a new ultra-sharp replacement blade, and in less than 10 seconds you’re ready to slice, dice, and chop to your heart’s content.

NÜEDGE knives™ were designed with the everyday cook in mind; individuals using the knife in common slicing, dicing, mincing and chopping chores.

                                                 Convenience

With NÜEDGE knives™, there’s no 2-3 week turn-around time for sending your knife out for sharpening. Besides, $11.99 for 3 replacement blades is cheaper than paying postage to send your knives out for sharpening.

We are working on putting together a FREE, no commitments, no nonsense, cancel-whenever-you-want, easy-to-use blade replacement service for owners of NÜEDGE knives™, tentatively called NÜEDGE Supply.  Be Advised: NÜEDGE Supply is not yet operational. It will, however, be functioning once you receive your Backer rewards. We will email you all the details at approximately the same time that your Backer rewards arrive at your doorstep.   

                                                 Materials

NÜEDGE knives™ come with a slightly textured, nylon fiber plastic knife handle, that is dishwasher-safe and fade-resistant. The colored handle inserts are made from soft urethane plastic and add a comfortable, somewhat “spongy” grip to the knife handle. In the project video, you saw us run over the handle with a car, proving its durability.

                                                 Blade Steel

Our blades are ground at 19⁰, which gives us the advantage of achieving our NÜEDGE ultra-sharpness! Most blades are ground at 22⁰, making them less sharp. Be careful! We don’t want you accidentally cutting yourself—our blades are ULTRA-SHARP, right from the factory! 

Here are some common blade angles for various everyday items.
Here are some common blade angles for various everyday items.

NÜEDGE knives™ replaceable blades are made from high quality 3cr13 steel, which is a Chinese stainless steel that is similar in quality to 420J2 USA stainless steel. It has more carbon than 420J2, but not as much as 420HC. It has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 52-55. The following formula is a break down in the steel:

                            C ___0.35
                             Mn ___0.8
                             Ni ____0.5
                             Cr ___13.5
                             Mo_____0.6

                                                 Product Inspection 

To further insure quality, we have each knife hand-inspected at the factory. Our China-based manufacturing representative, Kevin, has a crew of inspectors who inspect literally every knife individually before it is packaged for shipment. 

                                                 Dependability

Tested by the pros, our Chinese manufacturer has more than 15 years in the knife production business. Employing 130 people, they have manufactured over 15 million knives.

We, along with the factory, put our knife through a battery of quality tests, and then, and only then, did we say that we were ready to begin manufacturing. 

Our factory also produces knives for Smith & Wesson®, a well-know company. 

                                                                An Honest Price

By partnering closely with our factory and selling directly to you online, we’re able to offer an incredible knife made from quality materials at nearly wholesale pricing, resulting in a lower price for you, our Backers.

Most knives cost so much because of traditional retail markups. You would be shocked and dismayed to know how little, many well-known, so called “premium” knives actually cost to make. NÜEDGE knives™ are a revolutionary and innovative design but are priced for the everyday user.

 Here's how our knife compares to other Kickstarter knife campaigns

Early Bird Special is $25, less than one half the price of other campaigns!
Early Bird Special is $25, less than one half the price of other campaigns!

NÜEDGE knives™ comes with either 3 or 6 blades:

  • The essential set has 1 handle, plus 1 chefs, 1 slicer, and 1 santoku blade…it’s like you are getting three knives for the price of one!
  • The expanded set has 1 handle, plus 2 chefs, 2 slicer, and 2 santoku blades.                                                                                                    

 Where we are in the process 

We’re almost “there”… we just need a bit of help to get over the hump! We have produced six versions of ever-improving prototypes…the last of which we are VERY happy with. As you know, setting up manufacturing is expensive! With your backing of this project, we’ll be able to set up mass production, including molds, dies, and an efficient shipping pipeline. 

What we need

We need your help to hit $115,000 in Backer pledges. If we take $115,000 and divide it by $35 (estimated average pledge), we need 3,285 backers. For comparison purposes, here’s a quick look at the number of Backers that two successful Kickstarter kitchen knife campaigns  gathered:                                                                                                         

  • Misen Knives® had over 13,000 Backers
  • Bulat Knives® had 5,100 Backers

NÜEDGE knives™ Project Timeline

  • November 12 is the end of Kickstarter campaign.
  • Mid-January to mid-February, factories in China shut down for a month to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
  • May 2019, NÜEDGE knives™ (Early Bird Special + 1st Batch) ships out to Backers, hopefully, in plenty of time for Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts!
  • June-July 2019, If needed, we will add some Unlimited Rewards and orders will be shipped out in June or July.

Why We Do What We Do

We have a passion for providing living wage jobs (even though many of our positions would be considered entry level) for refugees seeking to fulfill the “American Dream” for themselves and their families.

We are working on setting up a light assembly and order fulfillment warehouse in Denver, Colorado, USA. Refuges will be employed in assembly, order fulfillment, packaging, marketing, and warehousing.

 In addition, we will be involved in providing classes for our employees, such as:

  • English language classes
  • How to balance a checkbook, obtain a driver’s license, establish a bank account, purchase a home, etc.
  • Business classes to help refugees launch their own endeavors 

We believe in following the “Golden Rule” as articulated by Jesus Christ: Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.

Short and sweet—hear what others are saying about NÜEDGE  knives™! 

Risks and challenges

Possible risks to our project are:
- A total out-and-out trade war with China resulting in all trade being shut-down
- A major increase in pricing due to new tariffs
- An unforeseen obstacle in delivery timing

Our manufacturing partners are ready and anxious to help produce our knives, but unforeseen bumps can happen along the way. If issues arise, we will communicate them in a timely and open manner so you will never feel left in the dark.

Please share this campaign on your social media!

Our team would like to express our thanks to each one of you—our backers-big or small—for helping to make a longtime dream come true!

All the best to you!
Matt & Leslie, Bob, Ron, Mike, Kevin, Tom

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