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Sep 29, 2011 08:08 PM

Knife Rolls

Anyone know of a great knife roll. I've got about 8 knives with the largest being 10.5 inches.

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  1. you can get a custom leather roll. Other than that there is really nothing new since the koobi came out.

    I wish i could find something somewhere in between myself!

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    1. re: AAQjr

      Any idea how much a custom leather roll costs?

      1. re: jfresch

        250-ish depending on what you want..

        There are a few leather worker out there who will do it. I've heard good things about:

      1. That messermeister roll is the way to go. They have lots of colors and different capacities and whatnot. Camo, Black, Navy, etc.

        Dexter Morgan uses one.

        1. Contact Steve Goodson at His custom made leather rolls have received rave reviews over at KitchenKnifeForums. Made to order, it looks as though he has thought of some features others haven't, yet. Give him a try.

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          1. re: BoardSMITH

            Hi, boardsmith:

            I'm sure Mr. Goodson is a fine leatherworker, but I question whether leather makes for more trouble than it's worth. For short-distance transport, I suppose it's OK, but as a knifemaker who's pulled a few stitches, I wouldn't keep my knives in leather. It soaks up moisture, dyes, metal salts, tanning chemicals, and makes for an almost ideal environment for corrosion. Anyone who has left a high-carbon or wood scaled knife in its leather sheath or a blued gun in a leather scabbard or holster too long has learned this lesson.

            Another warning about fancy rolls: They're tempting eye candy for baggage handlers to pilfer. A nice roll just screams: "Knives worth stealing inside!"

            Just food for thought,

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Still it seems pretty pathetic to be hauling around 2k worth of knives in a 40 knife roll. There in NOTHING functionally wrong with a Messermeister roll, but with all that care, expense and hand sharpening It would be nice to have something that is functional nice looking, priced for the average line cook/chef and at least not the same old same old... Just wish there were more choices.

              I would buy a leather roll, most of my knives are sheathed in a Saya anyway but I suppose since they are custom you could line the leather with cloth. What's holding me back is expense, which I know is silly considering the cost of some of my tools, but they earn me my living. Really I'd like to find something interesting in the 80-120$ price point

              1. re: kaleokahu

                The OP asked for recommendations for a knife roll and I replied reporting on a review made by a true knife expert on I know wood and cutting boards and know little about knives or knife rolls preferring to rely on those experts who I have come to trust over the years. So, I will stand by the recommendation to the OP to check out and make their own decision.

                Baggage handlers? How did flying get into this?

                1. re: BoardSMITH

                  Hi, boardsmith:

                  Flying got into it because,obviously, folks travel with their knives. Thanks to FAA/TSA,that means checking the blades. Knives in checked baggage get stolen all the time, and the thieves hardly ever get caught, especially since you have to leave your bags unlocked. As I pointed out, a nice, expensive knife roll (like a nice, expensive camera case or anything else) attracts attention and therefore increases the likelihood of theft. Frankly IMO, any more it's probably better to either travel with really cheap knives or buy really cheap ones wherever you're going. Either that or duct-tape the blades to your dirty laundry!

                  Good on you for the rec. Expertise has many forms, none is truer than another. Or as we Hawai'ians say, not all knowledge is in your house.


                  PS I forgot to mention the common corrosion reaction between leather and brass bolsters, guards, inlays, pommels ferrules, liners, rivets and other escutcheon surfaces. It can turn brass an ugly, sticky green.

                2. re: kaleokahu

                  We've removed a lot of discussion from this thread, much of it centering on baggage handlers and knives. Our goal here on this board is to share tips on cookware and other kitchen hardware. If you'd like to have a discussion of the perils of travelling with knives or other cookware, please start a new thread on the Not About Food board. Thanks for helping us keep this board a focused resource.

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Storage of knives long term AND in a closed environment always demands care. I also wouldn't discount a leather roll just because it is leather as long as it is primarily used for transporting and not long term storage. I wouldn't store my knives in sayas or leather sheaths either, but lots of people use them when appropriate.

                3. Bought a firm sided case at the Culinary School in San Francisco some years back. It is 20 x24 with two folds,thus sizes out at 8X20, holds 15 of my neatest and dearest and would never see a plane with those knives.