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Jul 17, 2011 04:26 PM

knife storage

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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    1. re: petek

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

      The rest end up fighting for their lives in drawers

      1. re: Bada Bing

        Hi, Bada:

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


        1. re: kaleokahu

          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:

      2. re: petek

        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).

          1. re: petek

            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.

            1. re: wattacetti

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

              1. re: Bada Bing

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

                1. re: petek

                  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.

              2. re: wattacetti

                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?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  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 ├ębeniste who made the rig could see it in use.

                2. re: wattacetti

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

                  1. re: wattacetti

                    Hi, wattacetti:

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


            2. 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:


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


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


              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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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                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.

                1. re: Dave5440

                  "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.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                2. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                  2. I bought a block similar to this one, 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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                    1. re: mikie

                      That one look great, and it's cheap too

                    2. 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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                      1. re: sparrowgrass

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

                        1. re: Zydecopapa

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

                          1. re: Zydecopapa

                            Excellent use of a difficult space.

                            1. re: Zydecopapa

                              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

                              1. re: BFcook

                                I'm not sure where Zydecopapa got their knife magnets, but Benchcrafted makes great ones. Check them out here:

                                1. re: BFcook

                                  They are solid wood with magnets inside. I got them at Knifewear in Calgary, Canada 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.

                            2. 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.