Store knives gently and safely

There is almost nothing more frustrating than knives that do not cut reliably. What does not harm forks and spoons, maltreats poorly stored knives. Stored loosely in a drawer, especially along with other metal utensils, almost certainly hurts the blades.

Classic knife blocks

Knives live on their sharpness, and anyone who has ever used a really perfectly sharpened knife, never wants to miss this quality of use. It is therefore all the more astonishing how many households pay relatively little attention to proper and careful storage. Mostly, the choice is limited to a drawer compartment or a knife block.

A knife block, often purchased along with a set of knives, can only serve as ideal storage if the knife blades float freely. The knife must be held by the handle shaft. Blades placed on the tip are stressed at least at the tip and usually also at the blade barrel due to tilting movements. In addition to closed blade blocks, open suspension devices are also available. In these, the blades “dangle” in a hollow space. It is important to insert the knife carefully without letting the blade drag along the edge of the insertion slot.

Brush knife blocks

Brush blocks are a further development of the classic knife block. Similar to glass sinks in restaurants, plastic brushes are distributed inside the block housing. Knives can be inserted here as desired, although they should not touch.

Magnetic knife holders

The simplest form of magnetic holders for knives are wall bars, to which the knives are pinned with their cutting edges parallel side by side. More stylish and gentle on knives are magnetic knife boards. They can be free-standing or wall-mounted and usually hold up to five knives. The wooden surface is not only visually attractive, but also protects the blades when they are attached slightly offset.

Cases, bags and inserts

Blade cases or bags made of leather or felt are recommended for particularly high-quality knives. Another alternative is slotted drawer inserts, in which each knife is inserted individually into a blade-holding slot. All auxiliary structures for storing knives are available in wood, plastic and bamboo.

The best storage won’t do you any good if you don’t also protect your knives from blade damage while in use. If you don’t use a cutting board anyway, make sure you have a safe place to put the knife(s) during food preparation, where they can be placed within easy reach.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green is a seasoned home chef and culinary expert who has a passion for all things kitchen-related. With her extensive knowledge of the latest kitchen products and appliances, Elizabeth provides insightful reviews and recommendations to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Whether you're looking for a new refrigerator, blender, or cookware set, Elizabeth is your guide to finding the best kitchen products available in the UK.

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