Knife drawer vs. knife block vs. magnetic strip

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by full sack, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. full sack

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    A couple of decades ago, I had a few cheap, no bolster, japanese carbon steel knives.  Dropping them in and pulling them out of a knife block caused the blades to separate from the handles, (at least it contributed to the problem).  Murray Carter's suggested solution was to keep them, in a kitchen drawer, in their original boxes.  That seems fine for now, but don't think the cardboard will be long lasting.  The CT threads don't seem high on drawer trays and I've never tried a magnetic strip.  What are the CT members using for knife storage?

     
  2. rick alan

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    search knife storage, and knife blocks
     
  3. millionsknives

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    The first problem with drawer trays is finding ones to fit your knives. Deba thats too thick? Extra long sujihiki or yanagi? You're out of luck. If you have saya or edge guards for your knives you could just store them in a normal drawer, no tray needed.

    The other issue is I don't have drawers to spare. I do have plenty of wall space because I'm not much for decorating. I'd rather have guitars and knives up than paintings.

    A knife magnet lets you have knives of varying lengths and sizes no problem. The concerns there are
    1) you have sharp knives out in the open. It could be dangerous for children, pets, or in laws.
    2) Certain magnetic bar construction can chip your edge coming on or off the magnet.

    My bar is a block of wood (easy on edges) with neodymium magnets every 2". The knives are spaced out and the spots where the magnets are are very strong. Also it sticks right on the fridge, no mounting required. I'm out of space so I'm getting another 18" rack soon.
     
  4. ordo

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    I keep my most used knives on a mag bar. It's a big one, 27" long, story here. The rest are in their original boxes in the drawer.

    I have to agree with M. Carter. The drawer is the safest way to store knives, but the bar is stunning and very practical.
     
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  5. chefboyog

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    I keep some of mine in a tool box with some other essentials.
     
  6. rick alan

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    If you wish to return to blocks, epoxy the handles once they come loose, they'll never come loose again.  You can also get sayas in place of the boxes.

    Rick
     
  7. full sack

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    Ordo's mag bar is beautiful, (interesting video, cool machinery), but my problem is the opposite of MillionsKnives.  I've got plenty of drawer space, but little wall space, and don't think the mag bar would fit in any of the cabinets.

    Sayas would protect the blades, but I'm concerned about the wooden handles getting knocked around.  I'm thinking of designing and building some kind of drawer separator, (got inspired by the woodworking in Ordo's video).

    All -thanks for the suggestions.
     
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  8. jarmo

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    My version of DIY magnetic strip...

     
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  9. full sack

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    NIce work Jarmo.  Do you do drawer separators?

    FS
     
  10. sicariix

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    This is my knife strip...it's the same we use at my restaurant...usually it's fully loaded with knives but dishes need to be done yet

    I use to store knives in the drawer but it was starting to get risky reaching in the draw for a knife

    It keep the knife strip up high above the sink so our two young children do not reach for them

    However my personal chef knives are always kept in my bag with
     
  11. alaminute

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    Have you considered something like this?
     
  12. ordo

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    Wise holder. Edge up, or edge down?
     
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  13. millionsknives

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    For the tray inserts, 100% edge down.  Edge up is dangerous.

    For magnets, it depends on the height where you mount.  If i mount it high, i want the edge up and handles down.  Low in a cabinet, the opposite.

    If I lived alone, I would totally have a stand like this


    Or better yet a whole lighted case! Not mine, but I thought y'all would appreciate this:

     
  14. ordo

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    A beautiful idea! I'll keep it in my mind for the future.