I'm planning on making a wooden magnetic knife bar for my kitchen and am looking for recommendations on location (yes, I know each kitchen is different). I don't currently have a magnetic bar, nor do I currently have nice knives (I'm about to order my first few...a 150mm petty and a 240mm gyuto, with more to follow). I have an island, where I end up doing the majority of the knife work. If I'm not cutting on the island, then it's between the sink and stove.
Unfortunately, due to the cabinets, I don't feel like a knife bar will work well on the walls under the cabinets/above the counter tops. It would just be awkward to grab a knife it seems. The sides of cabinets tend to be in areas where people would walk.
The two options that I see would be on the wall behind the sink or on the side of the fridge. The side of the fridge is a bit further away from the "active" area of the kitchen and is a little more out in the open where guests would be, although there isn't fear of it being bumped or anything. So that location isn't my top choice. That leaves the area behind the sink. Has anyone put a magnetic bar there? Any concerns/problems being close to the water? I don't really get splash marks on the wall that I've seen and at least for now, I'm planning on going with stainless steel knives, although I may try some non-stainless in the future.
Also, what lengths tend to work well? Since I'm making the bar, I can customize the length, up to about 30" if I put it behind the sink. I was thinking something in the 24" range to hold my current cheaper knives, the two I'm about to purchase, and room for expansion in the future. I know Benchcrafted makes some nice ones with 12" and 18" options.