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Jul 23, 2013 09:42 PM

knife storage

the "block " I have my knives is this black thing with these tiny little plugs of plastic that were suppouse to be better for your knives becuse they didint have to go into a specific spot and rub against the wood and get dull.... anyway... now it is in horrid shape.. and I was thinking about putting up a magnetic strip.. but I am afraid it will warp my knives... how do you store your knives?

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  1. Hi, girlofthewold::

    Have no worries over warpage. The only concerns with mag strips are corrosion and dulling if you draw the blade against the strip.

    You bought the "koosh" before"


    1. +1 to what Kaleo said.

      Magnetic strips are popular among bona fide knife nerds who are very touchy about my... I mean their... knives. If you make sure your knives are dry when you put em on the strip and you're careful not to ding the edge against the strip when you're taking it on and pulling it off, you'll have no problems. And if even that sounds too risky to you, they now make magnetic strips with wood exteriors (they cost more though).

      Other popular options include a slotted knife block (as long as your knives fit in it well) and slotted knife holders that fit inside a drawer.

      I'm a fan of magnetic strips myself though.

      5 Replies
      1. re: cowboyardee

        "they now make magnetic strips with wood exteriors (they cost more though)."

        ohhh this sounds like it may get around my moms "they are ugly" argument.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Oh my goodness! They are just gorgeous. I had no idea such a thing existed. I'm very happy with my knife block, but . . . . I want one of those.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Beautiful, but then they're still on your counter. This is definitely the way to go if you're renting, however.

              1. re: blaireso

                I agree. These magnetic blocks take up space just like regular block maybe even a bit more because the way you need to get the knives out. In my opinion, these are more for beauty, and not for saving space. It is just a beautiful piece and a nice way to present the knives to visitor. It is functional too, but not saving work sapce.

        1. The others covered most everything but I have seen a few that will not stick well to a magnetic rack due to odd geometry or metal alloys.

          Most common ones that have issues sticking to mine are the old USA made Chicago Cutlery walnut handled knives.

          Also most cheap stainless are iffy.


          3 Replies
          1. re: knifesavers

            I have those exact CC knives (wedding gift- 36 years ago). They seem to stick to my magnetic racks just fine. BTW, I do not put them in the DW & the walnut handles are still beautiful- I rub with a bit of oil occasionly.

            1. re: bevwinchester

              Kudos to you for no DW and oiling. Those suffer badly when neglected.

              CC's have a funny "taper grind" and do not have much flat to get good strip contact. Lay a straight edge on it and see how much full contact you get.

              I use a strip on my recondition station that will hold up a 2.5 lb cleaver and did about 750+ knives last year. CCs are always a slight nudge from falling off. Carbon steels I nearly need 2 hands to release one.


              1. re: knifesavers

                I have a couple of them, about the same age as bevwinchester, and think because of the grind it might put too much stress on the cutting edge unless you're pretty careful when putting them back on the magnet, especially the larger knives. Mine do stick, though I don't use them much anymore and they're consigned to the "retired" knife drawer.

          2. <but I am afraid it will warp my knives>

            It definitely cannot warp your knives.

            < how do you store your knives?>

            I put most of them in my wood knife block.

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I store mine on magnetic strip too. Have never had a problem, plus - they look so pretty on display! ;)

              Had a knife block years ago. Big, bulky & takes up too much counter space.

              1. re: chloebell

                "they look so pretty on display"

                I know some of mine are beautiful...

                I know mom would love her coulnter back

              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                thank you ... I was worried about the "ruination" of them!

              3. No magnetic strip at my house, I'd be too afraid of the cats knocking them off and getting hurt. I use a knife block and store some in the drawer in sheaths

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                1. re: rasputina

                  I plan on installing a couple mag strips inside cabinet doors. Always handy...always hidden.

                      1. re: rasputina

                        Until someone slams your cupboard door. ;)

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          yeah, I'd think that would not be ideal

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            ok good point, I didn't think of that. I wouldn't have put it inside the cabinet anyway. My cats can and do open the cabinet doors and get inside on occasion and I don't want to put childproof locks on them.

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Until the cat slams the cabinet door from the inside?

                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                HA HA, no, but my cat can--and does--slam coming or going. I meant until A PERSON slams your cupboard. But rest assured, my cat slams it hard enough to be heard wherever I am in the house!

                                  1. re: JayL

                                    :) As you can probably guess (hear), I don't have them. Love the concept, tho'.

                                    1. re: JayL

                                      Oops, should have read more before posting. I can't imagine NOT having them.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        We have the "self closing" hinges, but not "soft" closing hinges.

                                        To remedy that I have installed the soft close add-ons. Just a simple thing that installs with one screw. Works great.

                                        I have 3 strips installed inside doors so far. Two 13" and one 18" strip. All purchased at a restaurant supply store.

                                        Some blades are more magnetic than others, but the soft close on the doors prevent issues when closing.

                                        All of my strips are mounted in the lower cabinets by the floor.

                                    2. re: kattyeyes

                                      I have those nifty, automatic closer thingies on all my cabinet doors. Not possible to slam.

                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                        What about putting a felt sticker on the corner so it softens the "slam"?

                                        1. re: blaireso

                                          That's a good idea, actually. But the cat says, "How will she know when I'm HUNGRY?!" ;) Thank you for the suggestion.

                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                            My dog goes to the back door and rings the sleigh bells hanging on the knob, and when I get up out of my chair to let him out he races to his dish. Hey, I'm up, why not feed me? My 3 cats just yowl. I free feed so with them it's not banging on the cupboard, it's let me OUT NNOOWWW!! I had one who gently patted my eyelids to wake me up to feed him. Now THAT's a wake up call.

                                            What about a rubber band wrapping between the cupboard knobs? Or those child-proof thingies?

                                            1. re: blaireso

                                              I'm giggling now. I have sleigh bells on my front door--you know, so I'll know when someone comes in? Back in the winter, I thought someone broke into my house and was scared to death...until I saw my snowshovel had fallen and hit the sleigh bells in the middle of the night. Oh, that was a scene.

                                              I actually don't mind the cupboard banging. It's kind of funny except if I'm on a conference call (then there's mute). One day, when I grow up and have a nicer kitchen, I want those slick drawers you can try to slam and they never do, kinda like the "soft eject" feature...and all the bells and whistles. But for now, my cat and I are slummin' it in this kitchen. :) Not to mention, the cat would love to eat the rubber bands!