One of the best ways to save counter space while still enjoying ready access to your knives is to use a cutlery magnet bar. A knife magnet bar is essentially a magnetic strip that you mount to your wall or cupboard that allows you to hang your knives above your cooking space. Chef Pro Knives carries cutlery magnets from Wusthof and Shun.
Aside from saving space, there are plenty of advantages to using a cutlery magnabar. By having your blades out and above your cooking space, it will be easier and quicker to access the knife you need at the moment you need it. A cutlery magnet will also keep your knives dry, whereas a knife block can potentially harbor moisture which can cause your blade to rust. Additionally, a cutlery magnabar will also allow you to display your knives for guests, allowing you to show off your knife collection.
A knife magnet bar can also be safer the edges of your knives than a vertical-slotted knife block. There are some concerns that sliding a knife in and out of a wooden knife block can dull the blade. With a cutlery magnet, you won’t be drawing your knives back and forth across wood. As long as you attach your knives spine-first to the magnet (not edge-first), your blades should be protected.
Because your knives are suspended exposed above your counter, you should take care when retrieving your knives from the cutlery magnabar lest you accidentally knock your blades loose, causing a cascade of knives down onto your counter. This could damage the knives, and more importantly, endanger your own safety. For the greatest amount of stability, attach your blades to the magnet bar as close to the bolster as you can. This will allow your knife to have the best balance on your cutlery magnet. As long as you are mindful while moving about your kitchen, a cutlery magnet bar can be a safe and stylish way to store your knives.