Knife storage other than magnet strip

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  1. Oct 28, 2018 #1

    donhoang14

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    Hey guys. I just came back from Japan where I bought my first carbons. I visited Tower Knives in Osaka and the owner, Bjor,n was incredible in helping me understand more about sharpening and care.

    He said that his shop found that having your knife slammed against a strong magnet repeatedly on the same part of the blade causes damage on a micro level. Makes a lot of sense. So unless you can use weaker magnets that your whole blade can rest on, don't use a standard magnet strip.

    I don't have a lot of counter and kitchen space at home but he recommended storing my knives between an old phone book or between newspaper print due to the carbon that's in the ink. Can someone else tell me how they store their knives in their home? Right now I'm only keeping them in the boxes I bought them in. Ideally I would like for their beauty to be shown and not just tucked away between paper.

    Thanks!
     
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    That.... sounds a bit hinky to me. And sure I wouldn't want any rubbed-off ink in my food.

    Well, a magnet strip is the usual way to show off knives. I think you can avoid chipping if there is a wood covering between the blade and the magnet. It's the exposed metal magnet strips that could be dangerous. A wood-covered magnet strip should be safe unless you're really slamming the knives onto it.

    FWIW, I store my knives in a wide drawer under the kitchen island, using two wooden knife drawer organizers side by side. That's enough capacity to keep my Japanese knives, my wife's Japanese knives, and a couple of "guest knives" for regular use. They're not on display because I don't care about that. Keeping them hidden also reduces the risk of a house guest grabbing a knife before I've introduced the idea of "guest knives vs. my knives and DO NOT TOUCH". ;)
     
  4. Oct 29, 2018 #4

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    I doubt so many people here would use magnetic strips if they were constantly chipping their edges. Personally I use a block.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2018 #5

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    I've been using wood magnetic strips for years and don't see were it has ever harmed my blades or edges.
     
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    It's weird but I've done it, what about an ultimate edge bag? Or equivalent. It keeps all your tools nice and neatly packed away in a tight protective case and when you pull it out takes up very little space, I rented a basement when I first moved to Calgary and found the system very convient.
     
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    I've seen instances where people have glued a thin leather facing to their magblocks. I've never experienced any edge damage using them 'naked' though.
     
  9. Oct 29, 2018 #9

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    I have been using a wooden mag strip for years. The spine goes on first, the the blade face rotated on. How can this be worse than the this sharp edge hitting a cutting board.

    I would like to see real data from someone who is not trying to take money.
     
  10. Oct 29, 2018 #10

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    On my side, I have glued on the steel magnetic bars a sheet of strong tissu used for welding protection. It cannot damage the blade. The weak point if that the magnetic force is reduced.

    I will probably build something like the wooden piece and I will nail it to the wall.
     
  11. Oct 29, 2018 #11

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    I've got an upright version of this.
    I really found that getting a knife block that suits your need, if you don't have the average Joe's knife set that is, can be surprisingly hard to find and expensive.
    This solution currently holds 19 knives, can maybe cram in one or two more
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    I've also got one of these glued onto the side of it to hold my two cleavers
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    In my old house, I had a metal magnetic knife rack. I found that if you are careful with how you put your knife on the rack, there is no issue. I used to place the tip of the knife onto the wall above the rack and ease the handle towards the wall so the knife does not slap onto the rack all at once. Its kind of like a rock chop on the wall, but with the blade parallel to the wall. Sounds more complicated than it is, and it really doesn't take any longer than just slapping the knife onto the rack.
    In my new house I have a drawer with a magnetic lock to keep things safe from the children and its lined with the kind of liner mechanics use in their tool chests. I will soon be putting a false drawer in to keep my knives separate from the wife's. I'll post pics when I get round to it.
     
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    I've settled on using a Knife Dock in a drawer, which is extremely gentle on knives as the edges aren't even really touching anything. I actually modified it by cutting out the wooden dowel that holds the cork strips together, so that the edges don't come into contact with it.
     
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    You can get cork or felt lined edge guards fairly cheap, and keep them wherever you like.
     
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    I know it’s an old thread, but these kind of knife stands are the best I’ve seen (for my purpose at least, i.e. a home cook who probably focuses on looks more than function), so wanted to share. In particular, the one on the right of the photo has slots along both the front and back for cleavers. I got this
    off a merchant on Etsy. Love it a ton.

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    If you have the bench space, I agree, a knife block is a good solution.

    Not sure about three knife blocks—they make a statement about the owner as much as the knives ;)
     
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    Haha definitely cannot deny I have a “problem”
     
  22. Feb 27, 2019 #22

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    I agree, it can take a fair bit of searching and a fair bit of money to find a knife block that suits. And a knife block is inflexible. Change something in the collection and find that, suddenly, a slot is too narrow and you have to evict something else.
    That's a nice option because it is so flexible. I've also seen a version of this that uses plastic straws/rods that the knives slide in between. I'm no fan of the plastic/steel look of those blocks. But someone with woodworking skills could probably make a nice wooden box and then fill it with plastic rods or straws, or find a sheet of soft PVC and fold it into layers and slide that into the box, like for the block you showed.

    Only caveat: you probably would need to put something heavy into the base (steel, lead, or similar), otherwise the block will probably become very top-heavy once it's full of knives.
     
  23. Feb 27, 2019 #23

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    The drawer liner storage racks from wustoff. Low cost and very effective,

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Feb 27, 2019 #24

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    Hiding your knife art is missing half the fun. Like getting to second base with her paints still on.
     
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    I saw this rack in a little restaurant in Yokosuka where we go for teishoku.

    yokosuka rack.JPG
     
  27. Mar 2, 2019 #27

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    I have this one and another shorter one. I tilted mine up with about 30mm ash under the rear so it takes up less space behind it.
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    https://postimg.cc/bG9Ys9sQ
     
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    I use a couple of the Henckels drawer racks. Cheaper and I think the design is a little better. Can hold 4 large knives instead of only 3.
    One can buy for $16 at Bed Bath & Beyond with the 20% coupon.

    j-a-henckels-8-slot-in-drawer-knife-organizer-12_78d968eb-c3fd-4138-9079-98dc5c7d5455_x700.gif
     
  29. Mar 2, 2019 #29

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    My little drawer:
    IMG_4533.jpeg

    The Henckels trays can fit a lot in a small footprint.
     
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    Have a very similar drawer, knives with microplane and peeler and...etc ;)
     

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