Phoenician Engineering Grinders are innovative in every aspect; they are re-engineered from a patient perspective not a product feature approach. From first glance our grinders are clearly designed with the user in mind, specifically medicinal patients who may have weakened conditions and need a user friendly methodology to prepare medication. While most grinders incorporate a knurl-style grip, the design inherently provides limited grip. Consequently we’ve taken every section of our grinder and replicated our new lobe-grip design to provide both superior grip during use but also increased comfort on the hands and structural support. This grip design gives our grinders a unique aesthetic look that incorporates clean radii and dramatic lines that culminate in the best balance of form and function.
The exterior of all our grinders are hand lapped and finished, this creates an extremely fine surface finish and post-anodize creates a virtually scratch resistant and burr-free surface. This ensures that the form-function appeal of our grinders will endure regular and frequent use. Post-machining our grinders already have a beautiful surface finish of 63 RMS or better but we strive for perfection in all that we do; post finishing and plating results in 32 RMS or better.
Our patented grinding teeth have been completely redesigned and rigorously engineered to provide a combination of the perfect grind consistency and the greatest amount of friction reduction resulting in ease of use. The standard methodology employed in most grinders is “the more teeth the better” which is counterintuitive to simple lessons in physics. Essentially, grinding involves friction; more teeth means more friction. We’ve removed approximately 50% of the teeth surface area a typical grinder would have, allowing the unground medication to be placed in the interior grinding pockets without having to force the lid down in a smashing motion. Complementing this approach, the teeth themselves are diametrically cut which allows for a smoother cutting action, reduced friction, and increased strength. We’ve also staggered our diametrically cut teeth in such a way that mimics how a pair of scissors would work in a shearing motion. This design results in the contacting teeth edges only engaging one at a time, reducing the frictional force required to grind. In most grinders, the teeth all contact simultaneously which greatly increases the force needed to grind and creates unnecessary wear on the user and the grinder itself. The dorsal side of our teeth top is also shaped to reduce friction and help eliminate medication from getting stuck to the interior grinding surfaces by reducing the surface area contact points. Our grinding teeth also have radii on the bottom ensuring ultimate teeth strength.
Here at Phoenician Engineering we’re more concerned with quality, innovation, and patient interface which is why we took the additional time to redesign the fall through holes into a trapazoidal shape. Not only does this add visual appeal to the grinders’ interior, it works in conjunction with our new teeth design. This shape assists further in the grinding process as it ultimately results in the fewest possible lid rotations to completely grind the medication.
Our patented thread lock design is like nothing in existence. Technically it’s not even a thread. Phoenician Engineering designed the world’s first locking notch design system. This design completely eliminates the threads, all cross treading, galling of the threads, and vastly reduces the amount of residual buildup that inevitably accumulates into the thread surface areas. This design incorporates three locking/unlocking notches of which the grinder pieces can be connected in any position and is no longer limited to just one as is the case will all standard screw thread designs. All components of the grinder incorporate this notch design which allows the user quick and convenient use of the grinder sections and drastically increases the longevity of the product compared to the outdated standard thread model plagued by the pitfalls of pitch diameter and accompanying thread engagement. Furthermore, the degree of pitch in which the notch design locks and unlocks is much greater than a standard thread; this essentially eliminates the possibility of the sections becoming stuck together too tightly.
All Phoenician grinders use screens made from 304 Stainless Steel that have a mesh rating of 50 and are nearly 0.020” thick with a wire diameter of nearly 0.010”. Unlike most other grinders that utilize thin screens (typically 0.005”) and stretch it to fit, we let the screen rest in its natural state and support it from underneath with a unique Fibonacci spiral inspired floor design. The outer circumference of the screen is held down by a small grove in the interior of the section which prevents the edges from lifting. This eliminates the common issue of screens tearing and stretching over time which normally results in the user having to purchase a completely new grinder. Phoenician grinders also incorporate the first truly replicable screen that can be changed by removing one simple screw.
The bottom section of the grinder that houses the finely filtered pollen from the screen section has also been uniquely redesigned. Most grinders have square dish design, making it challenging to remove the fine pollen. We designed our grinder to incorporate a bowl-like shape allowing the fine pollen to be removed with ease; a full radius around the entire inside diameter.
Addressing the archaic thick plastic retaining ring equipped in most grinders to aid in the lid rotation, Phoenician grinders use a very thin polycarbonate Lexan ring. This allows for the least resistance between the surfaces and enables the magnets holding the lid on to essentially touch. This design ensures the lid is held as tight as possible to the grinder without breaking the magnetic connection.
Consequently, we employ a very strict de-burring process and every grinder is individually inspected to ensure that no sharp burrs remain. We control this by programming tools to specifically remove burrs in certain areas ensuring that 100% are removed where necessary. This takes substantially longer in the machining process but we feel patient health is paramount and ultimately more important in our mission towards ancillary product legitimacy. Additionally, we implement an AQL inspection of 100% post de-burr in our production process.