We at Cerberus have a tendency to start a project without any clear concept or an actual plan. This doesn’t always work out, but at least we skip to the fun part.
This time, we decided to make kitchen knives, but first we needed prototypes to test our concept. As usual, we decided to make three different chef’s knives relatively independent from each other to test three different approaches. Okay, Matt wanted to make two knives instead of one for undisclosed reasons, so it was four total at the end.
To keep it simple, we chose 440C for blade material and micarta for the handles. Micarta is a relatively unknown material in the kitchen, but it’s quite the perfect material: tough, machine washable and heat resistant.
Next, we looked up every possible chefs that we could reach to have them test the prototypes. Yes, we even knocked on doors of completely unfamiliar restaurants. Funny thing is, most chefs were quite curious and helpful when we told them who we were and what we wanted.
So, the knives were at dozens of places and prepared who knows how many meals by the time we got them back. They got valuable information, but what was even more precious is the connections we made with the people who tested them. We owe a huge thank you to them.
But now, we need your help. Our first model is under development, but we can’t decide which shape to use. Please go to our facebook page and like type A or type B in our gallery so we know the right direction.
Next time, we take the plunge into our product development method and make a step closer to our very first knife. And just a quick reminder that we haven’t forgotten that we promised that first knife to someone on our newsletter (you can sign up above). But more about that in the next post.
Special thanks for the fine pictures for Gergely Vogt, who photographed our knives the way we never could.