Knife Blocks: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a way to organize your knives, then this blog post is just what you need.

A knife block is a device that you put your knives in to protect them from damage and also makes it easy to grab the one you need. It can be made of wood, plastic, or metal.

It’s designed to hold up to six knives with slots for each blade type (i.e., chef’s knives, bread knives). The slots should be deep enough so that blades don’t touch each other and dull over time. There should also be some sort of protection on top of the block so that blades won’t get scratched by contact with surfaces like countertops or tables.

When choosing a knife block, consider what size best fits your needs as well as how much storage space you have available for it. 

You may think this sounds like something only someone who likes to cook would care about- but there are many reasons why everyone should have one!

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Four types of knife blocks

There are many types of knife blocks and choosing one that is right for your kitchen greatly depends on your set-up.

Wood Block

Woodblock utensil storage with individual slots for knives is the most basic, wildly popular version. This design saves space in your kitchen. You have more space in your drawers, but sacrifices counter space. It is easier to find the knife you need when you are cooking dinner or another meal.

Drawer Knife Block

The drawer knife block is another popular way to store knives. It saves counter space while still keeping your blades in their designated spot. If you have more drawers than counter space, the use of this setup would be ideal for you.

Wall-mounted Magnetic Knife Block

A wall-mounted magnetic knife block is a third option that most people like. They are neat and save space on both counters and drawers, especially when your kitchen has limited storage areas.

You can tell which knife is which with the clever use of magnets to identify them so you don’t accidentally grab one out for dinner only to realize it’s not what you need at all!

Self-sharpening Block

Knife companies often offer a self-sharpening kitchen knife set that includes a knife block with sharpener slots inside. The design is clever, but the effects are mixed.

While ‘sharpening’ blocks can help keep a blade’s edge, they do not actually sharpen knives and may wear away metal unnecessarily – this ultimately defeats their purpose of being an alternative to traditional maintenance methods.

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Are they worth using?

A knife block is a great way to keep knives organized and ready. It even helps chefs feel like they have everything in place, which can make cooking easier!

The blocks also help prevent accidents by keeping blades hidden away from curious fingers or paws that might want to explore the contents of your kitchen.

How do you choose one?

It’s important to buy one that matches your kitchen knives so you can have an aesthetically pleasing, cohesive set.

Buying the same brand of accessories will also ensure their compatibility and build your own range if needed.

How do you store knives in the block?

Store your knives in a block with the duller side of the blade touching the block. This will keep it sharper than if you store it with the sharp part touching the block.

Generally, what knives go into it?

The most common knives you’ll find in it are the chef’s knife, utility blade, bread slicer, and carving tools. A paring knife is also an essential tool for any kitchen because it will help with precision cutting tasks that need to be done quickly such as slicing vegetables or fruit.

What are the drawbacks when using them?

The knives in your kitchen need to be cleaned and maintained just like you are. If they’re not properly taken care of, a mess will inevitably happen no matter how hard we try to prevent it.

Germs might start to build up from repeated use or scraping when taking out and putting back into the holder.

A good way to keep your blades sharp is to put each blade in a separate space, by using an insert-drawer method or a magnetic one. That way, there is less chance of them being dulled by the other blades. It will also be safe because you won’t get any cuts from touching the wrong blade.

How do you clean it?

If it’s is looking a bit dusty and grimy, you can use hot water with soap to easily clean it up.

To start the process, just vacuum out any crumbs that don’t come off initially, then use pipe cleaners or small brushes such as baby bottle brushes to get into those hard-to-reach cracks in between knives for an even cleaner finish.

Final Verdict

There are many different types of knife blocks out there, and it can be difficult to know which one is best for you.

All-in-all, before making any decisions about which type of block is best for you, take some time to think through what matters most when deciding between blocks with varying features like capacity and style while also considering how much space each one will take up in your kitchen.

We hope you found this blog post informative and potentially useful, as knives are the most important tools in your kitchen, so it’s worth investing in a quality knife block. 

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