Hidden-Magnet Knife Holder
Craft a cool way to keep your cutlery.
By Larry Cotton
ONE SUMMER MY FAMILY RENTED A
beach cottage that had a special kitchen
knife. We started calling it our go-to knife.
Everything we did, from cutting melon to
filleting a fish, we did with this knife.
It was such a nice knife that I eyeballed
it closely and discovered it was a Fixwell
( fixwell.com). Well, I’d never heard of a Fixwell
knife, but it turns out it’s the one that Subway
restaurants use, so how could it not be good?
Long story short, I bought two sets of 12
knives (Sharp Tip style), made six 4-knife
holders, and gave five away for Christmas
presents. Friends and relatives have apparently found even more uses for these amazing
knives than we did. So order some knives!
Fixwell knives are distributed in the United
States by Alfi International ( alfi.com), which
has the broadest selection of them online.
1. Collect the materials.
First get some neodymium magnets, approximately ½" in diameter and 1" thick. They’re
much stronger (and more costly) than the
larger black ones commonly sold as refrigerator magnets. But you gotta get the more
expensive ones for this knife holder — you
don’t want your holder dropping knives.
The only other material you’ll need for this
project is some wood: a piece of 1"-thick stuff,
and some ¼" plywood. The 1"-thick wood
The knives cost under $2 (if you buy 12) up to
about $5 (if you buy just one).
Photograph by Sam Murphy
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