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Dave5440 Jul 17, 2011 04:26 PM

Where does everybody keep their knifes? Especially the ones that don't fit in a knife block. I need some ideas for a small area with not much storage area.

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    bbqJohn Jan 4, 2012 06:18 PM

    in a drawer protected by homemade sheaths made out of cardboard and rubber bands

    Lee Valley has a few options:

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/pa...

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      knifesavers Jan 4, 2012 09:41 PM

      I have 2 blocks, 2 magnetic strips, paper, and plastic sleeves. Usually 20+ knives that aren't mine are in the cycle.

      John, check out the Dexter plastic sleeves. The local restaurant supply house here in San Diego sells them for under $2.50 for all sizes. The 12" is $2.50 and the 4" are $1.70.

      They are as good as any name brand sleeve. I carry a bag of them to swap meets in case I find stuff to recondition.

      Jim

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      Chowrin Jul 19, 2011 08:17 AM

      my knifeblock came with my knives. it's cherrywood. I store the block on top of the fridge, where it's out of the way (also, where i store my popcorn bowls that rarely get washed... I'm a lazy dishwasher.)

      1. John E. Jul 18, 2011 09:53 AM

        We have three knife blocks, two of them came from thrift stores for a couple of bucks. I also just bought a Kapoosh universal knife holder for $3 at the Salvation Army. It works well for the odd shaped knives like a Chinese cleaver. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000Q4I...

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          sparrowgrass Jul 18, 2011 06:29 AM

          I love my magnetic strips on the wall. I had a pretty knife block but it really didn't fit well under the upper cabinets--I always had to pull it out or tip it to get the knives out.

          The magnetic strips fit between the backsplash and the upper cabinets, the knives are secure but easy to grab, and it keeps them safely out of the reach of little hands. I can also keep my microplane and candy thermometer handy.

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            Zydecopapa Jul 19, 2011 07:57 AM

            +1 for Magnetic Strips. I had mine mounted in a cupboard on a roll-out rack.

             
             
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              Dave5440 Jul 19, 2011 03:29 PM

              That's a great idea, are you a lefty?

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                Zydecopapa Jul 19, 2011 04:21 PM

                Nope. Righty.

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                wattacetti Jul 19, 2011 07:24 PM

                Excellent use of a difficult space.

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                  BFcook Jan 1, 2012 10:17 AM

                  Zydecopapa...are the strips that you have installed solid wood with the magnets inside the wood and no metal strips running the length of it? I have seen the racks that have metal strips running the entire length but I want what I think you have...can you tell me where you got them and the wood type/color? Thanks

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                    mateo21 Jan 1, 2012 10:53 AM

                    I'm not sure where Zydecopapa got their knife magnets, but Benchcrafted makes great ones. Check them out here: http://benchcrafted.com/Magblok.html

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                      Zydecopapa Jan 4, 2012 01:35 PM

                      They are solid wood with magnets inside. I got them at Knifewear in Calgary, Canada http://knifewear.com/index.asp. Not on the Web Site but you could contact them. Mine are were the darkest they had and they can be much lighter. No idea of the type of wood.

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                  mikie Jul 18, 2011 06:00 AM

                  I bought a block similar to this one, http://www.cutleryandmore.com/cutlery... got it on e-bay so didn't pay this much for it. But this thing holds a lot of knives and has a place for a cleaver as well. I have a 10" Wusthof Chefs knife in the upper left slot and there is plenty of room, both width, thickness and length.

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                    Dave5440 Jul 18, 2011 02:18 PM

                    That one look great, and it's cheap too

                  2. Chemicalkinetics Jul 17, 2011 05:04 PM

                    To answer your question, I keep my knives in a knife block which I made by gluing a few precut plywood pieces -- from HomeDepot or Lowes. I just asked them to cut the wood into approximate size and went home and glued them together. You can do much better if you have a wood shop. I only keep the knives which I frequently use in the knife block, the rest go back to their storage box.

                    TanukiSoup made a very attractive one:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761112#6315368

                    You can also buy/make universal knife blocks like these:

                    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6KkPTgtBIHw/TPVHqPtib9I/AAAAAAAAAEw/ybq4qIS-Ipk/s1600/kapoosh-universal-knife-block.jpg
                    http://www.chrisdiclerico.com/wp/wp-content/schaschlik_knife_block.jpg

                    Pete's magnetic knife rack is an extremely attractive idea. There is the in-between option of magnetic standing knife block, like these ones:

                    http://www.chefdepot.net/graphics42/magnet_knife_holder_2006.jpg
                    http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/...

                    Another route is a knife drawer.

                    Ultimately, I think you just have to decide where you have the most space... where you want to store your knives in
                    (a) a knife block out in the open
                    (b) a knife drawer in a draw
                    (c) a magnetic knife strip on the wall

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                      Dave5440 Jul 17, 2011 06:05 PM

                      I'm not to keen on leaving them out in the open, 2 dogs and a cat running around I couldn't take the risk of a mishap. Tanakasoups block is perfect , that may be the way to go. We have one of those universal blocks and it's fine for under 6" knives anything longer won't go in any farther and once I pounded them in to the hilt the plastic rods come out in handfulls and even then the next time you put the knife in it has to go in the same spot or it won't go in. I only have 3 drawers and none of them can be spared to store 6 or 7 knives. So it looks like a custom block is the answer.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Jul 17, 2011 08:52 PM

                        "We have one of those universal blocks and it's fine for under 6" knives anything longer won't go in any farther"

                        Yeah, people have complained about the depth of those commercial universal block. Good luck.

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                          Dave5440 Jul 18, 2011 02:16 PM

                          It is deep enough, has at least 2 inches to spare, but you would need a hammer to pound them in any deeper.

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                        Dave5440 Jul 17, 2011 06:22 PM

                        Thanks for the link to that thread chem, don't know how I missed it

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                          petek Jul 18, 2011 06:08 AM

                          I like those wooden knife blocks,especially the last one.Wish I had more space in my kitchen.

                        2. petek Jul 17, 2011 04:31 PM

                          Magnetic wall rack.

                           
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                            Bada Bing Jul 17, 2011 05:44 PM

                            That's exactly what I do, too, for my mainstay knives.

                            The rest end up fighting for their lives in drawers

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                              kaleokahu Jul 18, 2011 02:55 PM

                              Hi, Bada:

                              To keep the Middleweights from tearing up the Bantams, these work pretty well.

                              http://www.amazon.com/Henckels-13-Slo...

                              Aloha,
                              Kaleo

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                                Niblet Jul 18, 2011 03:40 PM

                                I use drawer storage for my knives too and I love it, especially the expandable sides. I bought it at TX Maxx a few years ago but haven't seen one since.

                                Edit: just did a quick search and it looks like this is the same thing; I have a friend who's been looking for one so now I know where to get it:
                                http://www.amazon.com/Lipper-Internat...

                                 
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                              wattacetti Jul 18, 2011 05:47 AM

                              FWIW, I have a variation of this: magnetic knife strips installed in a two-tier drawer (upper layer slides to show bottom layer of blades).

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                                petek Jul 18, 2011 06:05 AM

                                That sounds cool,any pics?

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                                  wattacetti Jul 18, 2011 08:50 AM

                                  This is half; I was checking layout and spacing. I haven't taken any photos of the full drawer. It keeps the knives out of sight but of course eats a drawer.

                                   
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                                    Bada Bing Jul 18, 2011 09:30 AM

                                    Wow, I cannot image such order and cleanliness in my own place. Kudos!

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                                      petek Jul 18, 2011 09:47 AM

                                      Yes very nice. wattacetti,did you rig that up or is it a custom piece?

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                                        wattacetti Jul 18, 2011 09:52 AM

                                        It's custom as I have no woodworking tools and haven't done a woodworking project since high school shop class. The magnets themselves are from IKEA.

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                                      Chemicalkinetics Jul 18, 2011 10:17 AM

                                      Looks very neat. So neat that it looks like straight from a Williams Sonoma brochure. A bunch of Shun knives also made it looks much like a store. Did you have some special lighting or photoshop cleanup there?

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                                        wattacetti Jul 18, 2011 10:35 AM

                                        Nope, and I had bought the blades over the span of a couple of years at a shop in Winnipeg (this was before they became popular at W-S). Washed and polished the knives. Shot under natural light, corrected the white balance but no additional post-processing.

                                        The photo was shot so that the ébeniste who made the rig could see it in use.

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                                        Dave5440 Jul 18, 2011 02:19 PM

                                        I only wish I had room like that , that is a really great set-up

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                                          kaleokahu Jul 18, 2011 02:57 PM

                                          Hi, wattacetti:

                                          That IS nice. It looks like it might be a prop from the movie "Kill Bill" or something. Slick.

                                          Aloha,
                                          Kaleo

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