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    Cooks Illustrated on storing knives in block

    While one has to take anything those guys say about knives with a fair amount of salt, this is so amusing I thought I'd share it. In the latest (Nov-Dec 2013 issue, pg3), they say that their tests show that if you store knives in a block with spine down (the opposite of how I and most everyone stores them I think), they stay sharper much longer...

    This is certainly amusing and useful if true...

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    That assumes that most of the wear on your edges is from putting the knife away rather than from using it.
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    The knives I have in a block are spine down to protect the edge.
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    @#$% !! What do I do?? My block has horizontal slots...Should I aim the edges to the left or the right??? I don't want to get this wrong and mess up all my sharp edges...

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    i have always put them spine down myself
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    Funny! +1

    Yep my main blocks have them left to right as well, I figure in that case I place the spine at the beginning of the hole as seems obvious. I did have one small block with up down slots I confess where I had them edge down :- (

    On another note these guys recommend a universal knife holder. This implies that they don't have very sharp knives. I tried one of those with my knives and they cut the skewers when I pulled them out, dulled my knives something awful...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kartman35 View Post
    @#$% !! What do I do?? My block has horizontal slots...Should I aim the edges to the left or the right??? I don't want to get this wrong and mess up all my sharp edges...
    To the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kartman35 View Post
    @#$% !! What do I do?? My block has horizontal slots...Should I aim the edges to the left or the right??? I don't want to get this wrong and mess up all my sharp edges...
    Depends on whether you are a lefty or righty ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    Depends on whether you are a lefty or righty ...
    I always know when someone's been using knives from my block for this exact reason
    Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.

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    i think Yvonne Ruperti has the face of an angel. big fan!

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