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Old 10-04-2009, 06:49 AM   #1
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Knife Block

Ok Folks

I got a few Wusthof Knives now which I love. I been storing them in there Sleaves they came in.

I am wondering whether to buy a knife block for them but someone says it not a good idea as they tend to blunt the knives I find this silly what you all say?

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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I've heard that myth also that a knife block dulls your knives. Unless your knife block is made from concrete, this shouldn't happen. A wooden knife block will not dull your knives any more than leaving them in a drawer to slide around and scrape against each other.

More importantly than the knife block is the type of cutting board you use. A glass or hard composite material cutting board will dull your knife quickly. I'd suggest the poly plastic boards. They inhibit bacterial growth better than a wooden board, are much less expensive, and treat your knives well.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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If you use a knife block, the slots are often sideways so the cutting edge does not have to come in contact with the wood. If the slots are vertical, put the knives in cutting edge up rather than down.

I prefer a magnetic knife strip on the wall. It's easier to access the knives and frees up counter space.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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I've heard that myth also that a knife block dulls your knives. Unless your knife block is made from concrete, this shouldn't happen. A wooden knife block will not dull your knives any more than leaving them in a drawer to slide around and scrape against each other.

More importantly than the knife block is the type of cutting board you use. A glass or hard composite material cutting board will dull your knife quickly. I'd suggest the poly plastic boards. They inhibit bacterial growth better than a wooden board, are much less expensive, and treat your knives well.
Many tests have been done to determine which type of knife blocks were most sanitary. As the evidence came in, it turns out that hard maple, end-grain cutting boards/blocks are actually more sanitary than are plastic cutting boards. The wood has natural antiseptic qualities. As the cutting boards are used, the plastic will develop many knife marks that tend to give bacteria hiding places against cleaning agents. The wooden knife block does the same, except that the wood is hostile to the bacteria were the plastic isn't.

Do a little research on Google and you will find many references to this phenomenon

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:28 AM   #5
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Yep, that's what I have heard as well, I use a wooden knife block to store my knives, and use wood cutting boards. and wooden spoons to stir.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:28 AM   #6
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A quick bit of research turned up the following link - Epicurean Cutting Board Store which purports to have a baord that is superior to either plastic or wood. I have no experience with it and so offer it only to show that there are many option out there. The cutting boards and other products on the site do look interesting though.

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:32 AM   #7
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hahahaha! That's the other cutting board that I use, too!
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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I've always wanted one of those magnetic knife blocks for the wall. First I need to get some really nice knives though! I like my henkel knives (although I don't think I know how to sharpen them properly, as they get dull after a few uses on a wooden board, and they don't slice vegetables 'without effort'), but eventually I want a serious nice variation.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:42 AM   #9
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I have magnetic strips for my knives and I love them. The problem that I always had with knife blocks was that if they sit under the upper cabinets, they are too tall for easy insertion of knives. I tried an angled one, and thought it took up too much room on the counter. And the slots collected crumbs and dust.
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I really shouldn't, and this has been posted before. But it's just so irreverent, and funny. Check out the following link. Scroll down and look for the knife set labled - The Ex.

Knife Block Search Results | Overstock.com

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