Knives are sharp, so be sure that you have save kitchen knife storage. There are many ways to store knives, including with knife blocks, knife guards, cutlery magnabars, knife cases, and in-drawer knife storage trays. In terms of utility, a knife block will allow quick access to your knives while also providing safe storage for your kitchen knives. Knife blocks usually hold several different types of knife and the slots usually allow you to mix and match which blades you want in your block. Many knife blocks are made from wood and are given a stain or design enhancing their aesthetic value for your kitchen.
There are many options to purchase a knife block set that will ship with knives to fill your block, but empty knife blocks are also available which allow you to fill the block yourself. Knife blocks ensure that your blades are well protected from incidental or accidental damage. The slots of a knife block are typically either horizontal or vertical. Chef Pro Knives sells knife blocks and knife block sets from Wusthof, Shun, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, and Kai.
Cutlery magnabars are magnetic strips that allow you to suspend your kitchen knives above your counter by their metallic blades. Preferred by many chefs, magnabars make great kitchen knife storage options for those who do not wish to sacrifice counter space for a knife block. A great feature of magnabars is that they protect the edge of your knife from being worn by sliding in and out of a block. The drawback to magabars is that they require a sizable amount of wall space above your counter, and you want to be careful when retrieving a knife lest you dislodge multiple blades.
For those with neither the counter space for a knife block nor the wall space for a magnabar, an in-drawer knife storage tray allows you to hide your knives in a kitchen drawer while keeping them organized and ready to access. In-drawer storage trays usually feature several slots for a variety of blade lengths and shapes. Many trays also provide protection for the blades from accidental damage through contact with other blades or metal objects.
Knife cases allow you to store and safely transport a collection of knives. There are several high-quality, multi-pocket knife travel cases available from Wusthof, including backpacks and attaché cases. Shun sells student knife and case sets designed to allow a young chef-to-be to transport his knives and equipment safely to and from class or the learning kitchen. Knife carrying cases, regardless of what form they take, are ideal because they allow a chef to discreetly carry their most valuable equipment from location to location.
If you are transporting your knives without the benefit of a knife case, you should take the precaution to ensure the protection of your blades and your own safety by using knife guards. Knife guards slip over the blades of knives to prevent them for cutting or stabbing. Importantly, they also guard the blade against scratches while in a kitchen drawer or a case. Knife guards come in a range of sizes and lengths to accommodate a variety of blades.
For the best knife storage options from Wusthof, Shun, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Kai, and Ginsu, browse the knife blocks, magnabars, in-drawer storage trays, knife guards, and cutlery cases from Chef Pro Knives.