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Crowdsourcing Mornings: NASA Inspired Kitchen Knives

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Last year their team ran a very successful crowdfunding campaign for the Habitat Chef Knife. The response was overwhelming! Home cooks and professional chefs alike just love the knife’s sharpness and durability, and positive reviews poured in. But they had many people asking if they would be introducing other knives as well, so this year they are launching their new Santoku and Paring Knives!  Knife-making has not changed much in over 200 years!  Knife manufacturers have tried to address the same problems for centuries. The steel may be too soft, the knives get dull quickly, they need lots of maintenance, and they may react with food. Ceramic knives have problems, too. They can be brittle and break easily.

They felt certain there must be a way to move knife-making into the 21st century.  Their search led me to a remarkable metal alloy initially developed by Caltech and tested by NASA – and later patented. They acquired the rights to use this metal alloy and set about determining how best to use it in making a game-changing chef knife that would reinvent the industry and become the new standard.   A kitchen knife’s sharpness is THE most critical attribute – and the knife edge angle is the critical factor that determines sharpness. The harder the material is, the sharper the blade can be made. But in ordinary steel knives, a higher level of hardness also makes the knife harder to maintain, and the edge chips easily. The edge on all three Habitat Kitchen Knivesis made from this Caltech and NASA developed metal alloy, which is harder than any steel yet isn’t brittle and resists rust.

The hardness of a metal alloy is measured utilizing the Rockwell (HRC) testing standard. VERY expensive knives, costing hundreds of dollars, are made from higher carbon steel that is brittle and can rust. High carbon steel hardness can reach the low 60s on the Rockwell scale. (And it is interesting to note that two other popular and successful crowdfunded knives only have Rockwell hardness in the higher 50s.) The Habitat Kitchen Knives blow away the competition with a 70+ reading on the Rockwell scale!  The money they raise this time around will be used to continue to expand our product line, help fund additional custom tooling, purchase more equipment, stock more raw materials, and hire more skilled labor. Your support can help make this possible!

As of November 21st, this project has raised $250,000 of their $15,000 goal. This project has 12 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $49, you will get one pairing knife.  For a pledge of $69, you will get one Santoku knife.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: