Magnetic Knife Block help

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Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby sardia » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:01 pm UTC

Can anyone recommend a knife block that can hold knives? I'm trying to avoid installing a strip if I can help it.
A countertop one would be great along with expected cost. A quick Google search shows either cheap defective equipment or high priced stuff. (or worse, high price stuff that's still cheap defective equipment). See examples below.

If I did install a wall mounted, how exactly does that work? Do I drill into the wall into a stud?
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Re: Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby Zohar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:37 pm UTC

I have no specific suggestions, I will say some knife enthusiasts say a magnetic strip holder can damage knives - the magnet causes them to slam against the strip. That doesn't mean we don't use one, though, and I don't think everyone agrees with this. Most of the magnetic strips I've seen are screwed into a cupboard, on the inside or outside.
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Re: Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby KnightExemplar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:30 pm UTC

sardia wrote:Quick background, since I started sharpening knives, my kitchen went from too few useable knives too way too many sharp ones crammed into a bunch of drawers. * I was too lazy to throw them out, and now I sharpened them all.


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There's nothing wrong with cramming your knives into drawers. Just cram them in there with proper protection, only the edge needs protection, so the sheaths don't need to cover the entire blade: just the sharp bits.

Although, Magnetic Knife stuff looks cool. I don't have much experience with them however. I've personally just stuck with more mundane protection schemes. I can understand the convenience factor though, at least in theory.
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Re: Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby freezeblade » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:36 pm UTC

I built a magnetic strip which is just a bunch of rare earth magnets glued to a steel channel (rescued from a junk cabinet drawer), I could have mounted it to a wall with screws (into the stud), but instead it's just magnet-ed to the side of the fridge (adjacent to the stove/cutting blocks). If you're careful, it won't damage your knifes (just cover that side with cloth or paper, and don't let it attract and hit the bladed side), but they will slightly magnetize them, depending on the orientation you keep the knifes.
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Re: Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:22 am UTC

You can also buy magnetic knife strips that are covered with a layer of wood, which helps avoid damaging the edge. Personally, I much prefer a block to a magnetic arrangement, as I don't want any force pulling on my knife either when I'm taking it out or putting it away; seems like a good way to drop a knife when in a rush. There are also wall-mounted slotted blocks, if all you need is the extra counter space.

You can also buy a professional knife roll and store your knives in a drawer that way. The main benefit being that it becomes trivial to transport them—if you plan to cook at a friend's house, for example, who you know doesn't own decent knives. I generally use folded cardboard and masking tape to make impromptu sheathes on the occasion that I bring my 6" utility knife on a picnic or camping. Hobo sustainability!
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Re: Magnetic Knife Block help

Postby sardia » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:25 pm UTC

I'm surprised at how expensive these things are when the basic concept is so simple. Bunch of strong magnets, some wood, and a counterweight to anchor it to the countertop. =( I may just give up, lol. I can sharpen my knives for a really long time before I run out of knives.


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