While aesthetically it's not terribly attractive, I've found using this guy: http://www.amazon.com/Bodum-Bistro-U.../dp/B003NG2CMC
to be quite convenient. You have to be careful when putting the knives in it to avoid them hitting one another, but once that becomes second nature it is convenient on an island to be able to pull them out.
The reason it's not terribly attractive is that as you can imagine with 27 cm knives they stick way out of it.
Most importantly, I've taken for granted Bodum's assurances that it doesn't wear down the knife blades. The tips don't touch the bottom or anything (the brush hairs stop it about halfway through), and what I'm hoping is that hte plastic is soft enough that it can't really impact the edge.
That said, I was wondering if anyone had any experience or opinions on these?
If you're not familiar, the way it worse is by essentially inverting a plastic broom head and sticking it in a casing of the same size such that the bristles can move around inside but not flare out. When you stick a knife in it pushes the bristles away, but once it is about 4-5 inches in the weight of the knife is distributed across so many bristles that they hold it up, like a wedge.
I'm debating switching to storing in sayas, but I've heard mixed opinions on that. Ideally I'd store in a stand like http://korin.com/Wooden-Knife-Stand-6pc, which really would put no chemical or mechanical burden on the knives and make them easy to access, but for something so simple its a bit pricey for me atm.