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Feb 15, 2009 02:10 PM

Help me with knife storage please

I have purchased several Shun Kaji knives. (Although not relevant to this specific question, I really love them so far.)

Anyhow, I'd like to store them by putting blade guards on them and then storing in a roll, but beyond that I'm clueless. Where should I buy the blade guards (and is this the type of item where specific recommendations are required)? Also, where should I buy the knife roll?

If it matters, I have the serrated bread knife, a 4.5 inch paring knife, a 6 inch chef knife, and a 7 in santoku.

Thanks so much!

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  1. A knife roll is mostly used for travel. If you are using these knives at home, I could imagine it would be pretty annoying to unroll a cloth bag every time I wanted to cut something... sometimes as simple as a lime. You can get knife blocks that fit in a drawer if you're trying to eliminate a counter top block or something similar.

    If you decide to go through with this, I've found Google to be an amazing source of information. Try searching: "knife roll" and you should get oh, maybe 4 or 5... hundred thousand reults; you can shop from there.

    1. you can get knife guards at sur le table or just about any kitchen store. A better option if you have a small drawer that you can use would be an in-drawer knife holder if you don't want to clutter your counter with a block. A metal strip is another option. A roll really is mostly for traveling

      1. There is also the option of magnetic knife racks that you screw to the wall. I have no experience with them, but have read that some shun users have complained about knives chipping and have narrowed it down to the mag strips. Investigate further before you try them. Shun will sharpen them for free, but it would still be a hassle.

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        1. re: billieboy

          I found this while looking for stuff for my brother. haven't got my hands on one though.

          1. re: getgot211

            Thank you for that site. Very nice. I noticed that Lee Valley is one of their distributors (I am Canadian) Put in an order today for 2 of them.

            Again...thank you

            1. re: billieboy

              I just replaced my 30 year old magnetic knife rack with a new one from Lee Valley. This one appears to be a solid block of cherry wood but is embedded with really powerful magnets. The wood surface keeps the knives from being chipped or damaged and the magnets are strong enough to hang my dog up by his collar.

              Kidding about the dog. He's too big. Maybe a small one, though...

        2. I assume from your name you're in NYC? You have an excellent resource in Korin (57 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007 (bet. W Broadway & Church St.)).

          You can also go into any Sur La Table or or a restaurant supply store. The latter is going to be a lot cheaper and probably just as good (if not better).

          1. No advice on the knife roll - for the past year, i've kept my Shuns in the wooden case they came it, and it was pretty inconvenient; I can only imagine that a knife roll would be even more so. I finally broke down and got one of the Kapoosh knife blocks with the rods that allow you to put the knives anywhere, and it's worked well so far for my Shuns (and misc other knives).