Butter knife with in-built grater best thing since you know what (Wired UK)


The trickiest part of manufacturing the stainless steel blade was stamping the blade in a way that ensured the strings of butter would fold back on the blade

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Sliced bread is synonymous with innovation, but really, how
wonderful is it if a chilled pat of butter can trash a piece of
pumpernickel toast? Fortunately, a trio of Australian designers –
Craig Andrews, Sacha Pantschenko, and Norman Oliveria — have come
together to revamp breakfast with a new knife/grater combo that can transform a densely packed
brick of butter into easily spreadable strands of creamy
delight.

The trio was batting around ideas for new products over toast
and tea one morning when Oliveria cracked a dish trying to carve a
thin slice of butter. In the clatter of trashed ceramics,
inspiration for what would come to be called the Butterup struck.
“We considered several ideas, from new containers and alternative
packaging to the age old approach of applying heat, none of which
had much appeal,” says Pantschenko. “The idea to grate butter was
certainly something we considered, but to build it into a spreading
blade was a light bulb moment.”


The knife was designed to follow a traditional aesthetic so it would blend in with a wide variety of existing silver patterns

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Pantschenko’s only concern was that the idea felt too obvious.
“We thought this was such a simple solution there must have been
something out there that was forgotten many years ago,” he says.
“All we could find were butter curlers and a few crazy
contraptions, none of which had the ability to collect butter and
spread it like a regular knife.” After a vigorous session of
Googling, it seemed that no one from Paul Revere to Williams-Sonoma
had come up with as elegant a solution — though to be fair to
America’s greatest silversmith, refrigerated butter is a relatively
modern invention.

Thrilled by the novelty of their design and exhilarated by the
possibility of Kickstarter riches, the trio of dairy aficionados
headed into the workshop. Several prototypes later, the team had a
working model featuring a grater, a serrated edge capable of
cutting through a thick sourdough crust, and a stainless steel
blade designed to slather toast with Vegemite. “We spent quite some
time experimenting with various hole patterns, size, spacing and
placement until we found something that worked really well to allow
thin ribbons of butter to curl back onto the knife,” says
Pantschenko.


The designers created dozens of prototypes using laser cutters, drills, and machine tools, as well as the size and spacing of the holes before finding an optimal pattern and manufacturing process

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The final challenge was finding a manufacturer that could
consistently produce the somewhat delicate devices. After
experimenting with laser cutting, drilling, and machining the team
ultimately found a manufacturer that used a stamping technique that
keeps production simple and prices low. A Kickstarter campaign soon
followed and quickly exceeded its original target by over $100,000
(£60,000).

The Stupendous Splendiferous Butterup is raising funds on
Kickstarter until September 2nd 2014 with prices starting at
approximately $15 (£9).

This article originally appeared on Wired.com

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21 August 2014 | 9:58 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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