The innovative power of Edgeware, by Smith’s Consumer Products, impressed the 37-member jury of experts for the “red dot award: product design 2013.” Those who succeed in winning over the renowned experts in the field can decorate their product creation with the “red dot” and position themselves at an international level. The jury members received 4,662 entries in 19 different categories in this year’s competition. Only the best designs were able to win the enthusiasm of the jury, which is how the Edgeware Angle Adjust Manual Knife Sharpener – designed by Carter McGuyer and the Carter McGuyer Design Group, Inc. of Tuscumbia, Ala. – received the red dot for its successful design creation.
The awards ceremony – for the seal of quality that is recognized worldwide – takes place on July 1, 2013 as part of the traditional red dot gala. The ceremony is always the final highlight of the “red dot award: product design” and over the past years has become established as a celebratory ceremony with international guests. The Edgeware knife sharpener will then be put on display during a four-week special exhibition in the red dot design museum.
“We are honored to be chosen for this prestigious international design award and are so proud that our hard work has been recognized,” stated Dan Glidden, CEO, Smith’s Consumer Products.
“As a product designer I know how difficult it is to break through the clutter and impress this prestigious panel. We are thrilled that we’ve been recognized by red dot for this innovative product,” said Carter McGuyer.
The Edgeware Angle Adjust Manual Sharpener is the first adjustable manual sharpener of its kind. The sharpener has unsurpassed technology that allows the consumer to sharpen the knife to the original factory angle. Unlike traditional style manual knife sharpeners that change the angle of the knife to match the angle in the preset slots of the sharpener, this sharpener adjusts to match the angle originally produced by the knife manufacturer.
It includes three slots for sharpening. Both the coarse and the fine slots adjust by a simple turn of the knob. The slot marked serrated is a fixed-angle slot and does not adjust. The fine slot features ceramic rods for finishing the knife edge and everyday light honing and maintenance of an already sharp knife. The coarse sharpening slot features diamond stones that are used to sharpen dull or damaged knives. The serrated slot is for serrated knives only. To use the sharpener simply select the desired angles and pull the knife through the slots six to eight times. The number of pulls depends on the sharpness or damage to the knife.
The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the red dot design museum for at least one year.With around 2,000 products spread over an area of more than 4,000 square meters, the red dot design museum houses the largest exhibition of contemporary design worldwide. From July 2 to July 28, 2013, the museum will host the traditional special exhibition of the award-winning products. In “Design on stage – winner’s red dot award: product design 2013,” design enthusiasts can marvel at the latest trends at close quarters. Visitors are expressly invited to handle the pieces.