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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 www.Leather-Worker.com. 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 KitchenKnifeForums.com. 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 leather-worker.com 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.

                  1. I bought a yak pak from williams and sonoma for cooking class. it worked well.

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                    1. re: danionavenue

                      Looks good, but has one less fold, so holds far less knives

                    2. Like many people have stated, Messermeister knife roll is good. Wusthof knife roll is also good. Very inexpensive, great value. Ultimate Edge is another worth looking at.


                      They are all great. These plastic/polymer based bags are essentially stain-free and very easy to clean. Light and easy to carry. I won't worry about the wear and tear comments. These materials have high chemical and wear resistance. If you are to drop a leather made knife case and one of these polymer based knife cases in the ocean (salt water) for a week, the polymer one will survive much better. I have leather gloves and polyester gloves. I can tell you the poly gloves hold up extremely well. Not to say that leather is not a good choice, but I won't say it is better.

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                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        I really try not to drop my knives in the ocean.

                        1. re: smkit

                          :) Sure, but that isn't the real point, is it? Surely, you don't truely think I am suggesting knives regularly being dropped into ocean.

                          Instead of imagining a leather knife roll and a poly knife roll in a humid environment for 50 years, it is easier for people to imagine them in sea water for a day or two. The salty water provides a stress test which accelerates an otherwise slow process.

                          Let's try another example. The Dexter cleaver tang is insert into a wood handle with a brass ferrule. It can withstand 500 pound of pull force.

                          So why performs such a test, when no one would pull a knife with a 500 pound force anyway? Well, these questions are missing the point, isn't it?

                          Hey, why perform HRC test using a diamond cone pressing against a knife? What chefs in their right ming would grab a diamond cone and press against their knives, right?

                            1. re: smkit

                              I know you were poking fun. That is why I made a smiley face.


                              No apology is needed. I was just saying that, in my mind, the salt sea water stress test for leather is an extreme case, but one which is meant to reveal something. Let's say knife A handle comes off at 300 pound force, and knife B handle comes off at 500 pound force. Chances are that home cooks are not going to pull the knife handle like that. Nonetheless, the test hinted that knife B has a stronger handle.

                              While putting a leather knife roll and a plastic knife poll in sea water does not resemble a realistic situation, the stress test still reveals something useful.


                      2. Fixxed makes a 12 pocket knife roll messenger bag, if you are interested in traveling with your knives