How to Store your Kitchen Knives


Kitchen knives must be stored correctly. The best storage solutions will protect the blade edge, whilst making sure no fingers can unintentionally come into contact with the blade. The best storage solutions will also be practical to use,  so let’s look at the options.


Magnetic Racks

Magnetic racks are a fantastic space saving way to store knives. Racks are attached to the wall (it is best with screws). The positives about magnetic racks are that; firstly, it is easy to see which knife which, the racks are universal and can fit any knife, racks are a hygienic way to store knives and finally if you have invested heavily in your collection, it allows you to show off all your stunning knives. Certainly, this is my favourite way of storing knives in my home kitchen. The only downside to magnetic racks, maybe they can damage your wall, but sometimes the magnets can be either too strong or not strong enough especially with the smaller knives. The problem is particularly acute with wooden magnetic racks. So, we do try and test all the racks we have for sale on the website.

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Blocks come in all different shapes and sizes and are the most popular way to store kitchen knives in the kitchen. Many brands produce their own blocks, but many ‘universal’ blocks are also available. Knife blocks have to be practical but well-designed blocks can also act as a centrepiece in any kitchen and show off your knives!

Ideally, when you buy a certain brand, it is best to buy the matching branded block. The brand blocks will likely have been configured to fit that brands knife correctly and the colours or materials will match.

Universal blocks use systems to fit a variety of knife brands and can be great value.

Things to look out for with blocks:

Check that there is a way to clean the blocks, sometimes the slots can get dirty.

Check that the block will fit the size of the knives you want to put in. Some blocks do not fit knives over a certain length or width.

Check that you like the look of the block. Is it stylish is it trendy, will it look good in your kitchen?

Check to see what material the block is made from. Plastic is cheap and cheerful, but wood can add weight and luxury.


Chef’s Wallets, Cases and Bags

Specially designed bags for transporting knives around. These are really good for keeping your knives safe whilst on the move and will often feature special knife slots to keep your knives safe and not poking out. Often come in a few materials. Rolls are smaller, but there is a risk the knife tips can poke out the ends. The most secure cases are made from Kevlar and nylon, with zips that even the sharpest knives will not escape from. These are particularly useful for professional chefs.


Sayas/Knife Guards


Knife guards are protective sheaths that fit over knives. They can be useful for storing knives inside chef’s wallets, or for storing knives in drawers. Good sheaths will cover the blades securely and are usually made of plastic. A few traditional Japanese ‘sayas’ are made from wood, but the specific sizes of these says limit them often to a particular knife.


Drawer Racks

The least common storage solution. The racks fits into drawers where the knives can be stored standing on the bolster. The main advantage of these systems is keeping the knives hidden and out of the reach of children.