KNASA, A Patented Alloy Knife Developed By NASA And Caltech, Launches On Kickstarter

A California entrepreneur has merged cooking with cutting-edge NASA engineering to produce a new development in culinary technology

Habitat, a Newport Beach, CA firm offering upscale kitchenware, announced today the launch of its new KNASA Chef Knife on Kickstarter.

“The Habitat KNASA Chef Knife’s cutting edge is made from a patented ultra-hard alloy that was developed by Caltech and tested by NASA,” said Habitat CEO Adam Ackerman. “It’s twice as strong as titanium. We have bonded it to a stainless steel knife body using our new patent-pending laser bonding technology. This represents the first true innovation in knife-making in over 200 years.”

With a Rockwell hardness greater than 70, the KNASA Chef Knife’s nano-serrations give the blade unparalleled cutting performance. The knife becomes shelf sharpening as new teeth are exposed through use.

“The KNASA Chef Knife is twice as sharp as other knives,” Ackerman said, “and five times as durable. The cutting edge features a 25-degree angle (12.5 degrees on each side). For ordinary stainless steel knives, that would mean it’s not going to be very durable, because with such a thin blade it’s going to wear quickly. But thanks to this ultra-hard alloy, our knife is in fact much more durable than other knives.”

Thanks to its nano-serrations, the Habitat KNASA Chef Knife can also be used as a serrated knife; it works well on foods such as meat and hard-crusted bread that traditionally have been cut with serrated knives.

“Our team has spent several years developing this knife,” Ackerman said. “By enlisting the world's brightest minds, including manufacturing partners, material specialists, designers, NASA engineers, and supply chain experts, we have revolutionized the kitchen knife as we know it.”

“We wanted to give the home cooking enthusiast the kind of confidence and sure touch that professional chefs experience,” said Ackerman. “But we know that most people are not prepared to spend hundreds of dollars on a professional knife.​ There had to be a solution. I believe we have found the perfect balance between expensive professional knives and an unusually high-quality knife that will sell for under $100.”

Ackerman and his team at Habitat are running the Kickstarter to raise funds to continue their first production run, help fund custom tooling, purchase needed equipment to automate and increase the precision of their patented process, purchase much-needed materials, and hire more skilled labor.

After their Kickstarter, the company plans to sell the KNASA Chef Knife and eventually other types of kitchen knives, as well as other specialty kitchenware, via Amazon and other online retailers.

The Habitat KNASA Chef Knife Kickstarter campaign is planned to coincide with the holiday season.

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