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Space saving knife blocks?

I'm looking for some kind of knife block design to take up as little counter space as possible. I'm not big into the look of those magnetic strips so I think an actual block is the way I have to go. I've purchase my knives along the way as I could afford them or needed them so they aren't a particular set and aren't a specific brand. The block must fit a long bread knife, a chef's knife, a pair of kitchen shears, a paring knife, and a thin 6 inch utility knife. Extra points for something modern looking and stylish. Any recs?

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  1. I have Bodum's Bistro block. It fits any knife in any configuration, and it's definitely got a modern look.

    http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/...

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    1. re: yarncake

      Is it weird to pull out straight up? I'm used to a slanted block and never tried a straight one.

      1. re: foxspirit

        Not really, but I've only ever used straight-up blocks.

    2. I really like the ones that fit in a drawer, there are several options (look on Amazon). Of course, need drawer space.

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        1. What about these kind of magnetic blocks? :) Actually they do take up space.

          http://www.chefdepot.net/graphics42/m...

          I also think this knife block from Wusthof is pretty cool.

          http://images.kitchenwaredirect.com.a...

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            That Wusthof block is way beyond cool - it's magnificent. A shame it comes with a humongous price tag. And it's overseas. :::sigh:::

              1. re: josephnl

                Only marginally less expensive, but thanks for the link. I can dream, anyway.

                1. re: mcsheridan

                  Hopefully, one of these days, the price will come down. Knife blocks are usually overpriced.

                2. re: josephnl

                  I do have one of those 20% off coupons :) I'll put this into my maybe splurge budget area.

                  1. re: foxspirit

                    Be aware that it doesn't look like it will hold your scissors. For me that wouldn't be a deal-breaker, but we're all different.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      ohhh that's true. Good thought.

              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                I've got that first one as a "maybe." I wish they had a smaller version of it.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I bought that for my sister and brother in law for Xmas one year. They have a small (800 sqft) house and a pretty small kitchen that they'd just remodeled. There was some argument about where to house the knives. He was dead set against a wall mounted magnetic strip, basically certain they were deathly dangerous and that knives would fly off the wall at random times. Insert eyeroll here.

                  Anyway, they love the compromise. And it really is beautiful.

                  1. re: MplsM ary

                    I fear more with the strips that I would some how knock into it and cut myself with my razor sharp knives because I am stupendously klutzy or that I would have to install it in such an out of the way area I would never use it. With the counter top one though the blade is fully against the block so this seems less likely. I'm guessing it probably also won't hold shears.

                    1. re: foxspirit

                      With my first magnetic strip I had the same fear. I placed the garbage can below (as a bit of a barrier), so the scary scenario was made much less likely. In my condo I have a beam that separates the stove from much of the counter, so it's set back a little. I had to angle it to fit, but it looks jaunty.

                      Sad to say I think the shears would not stick to the quarter moon block. I keep my shears in a drawer. Oh well.

                2. In my kitchen, high-use times are exposed. See picture. I don't have handy a picture of the knife rack that I use, but it's simply wooden strip with a magnetic stripe along it, and I screwed it into the side of an upper cabinet. You could also do that on the inside of some cabinets.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7640...
                  http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Inch-Mag...

                  1. This knife dock cork block works well for my miscellaneous collection. I keep my kitchen shears elsewhere, but they could tuck in the front, I think.

                    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/2...