A GUIDE TO STORING YOUR KNIVES
After purchasing a set of beautiful Japanese knives, the next thing to consider is where to store them. In a draw with all your other kitchen utensils? No, think again! A beautifully crafted knife not only enhances the joy of cooking, but is also aesthetically pleasing and can add style and elegance to your kitchen. Storing and displaying your knives on a knife rack will not only assist in preserving their sharpness for longer and preventing them from chipping, but will also allow them to be enjoyed at all times in the kitchen. At Koi Knives, we often refer to knives as jewellery for your kitchen, with high quality Damascus steel blades and knife handles hand crafted in a range of different Australian woods and colours, providing bling and beauty not just for cooking but for your home. From bench top to magnetic knife racks, there are storage options to suit all kitchen shapes, sizes and styles. In this article we will outline the different options and their varying features.
A bench top knife rack is a classic way to store and display your knives. The size of your knife collection will determine which size rack you need, such as a 3 or 6 spot rack. The knives are placed on the stand with their blade facing upwards in order to prevent them from becoming dull by having contact with the surface of the stand. At Koi Knives we have 3 or 6 spot racks available for purchase which can be viewed here.
Standing bench racks are another great option for storing your kitchen knives. These differ from the bench top knife racks in that the knife blade is placed vertically in the knife stand rather than horizontally. There are also standing magnetic varieties in which the knife is secured vertically on the front of the rack, held in place by magnet force.
Bench Knife blocks
Bench knife blocks are also a great way to store your knives. This style of knife storage does not take up quite so much bench space so they may suit smaller style kitchens. The knife slots in to the block vertically and in the Koi Knives version is tucked away behind perspex, which also provides an element of safety.
Magnetic wall racks
Magnetic knife racks are ideal for both small and larger kitchens. For smaller kitchens they are fantastic as they don’t take up room on your bench top. Even in a larger or industrial kitchen they still have their place as many knives can be put on them and they are not in the way of your work space. They can also add an element of style to your kitchen as your kitchen jewels can be displayed for all to see like works of art. If you have many knives to store, you can have more than one magnet too.
A knife roll is another option. It is particularly good for when you’re travelling and want to take your precious knives with you! When going on holidays where we know we will be doing some serious cooking, we always take our knives away with us. There’s no point in cooking up a delicious feast and not having the right tools! Some people also choose to keep their knives in a roll which can then be placed safely away in a locked cupboard, which is definitely a good option for households with small children around.
At Koi Knives we currently have some more knife racks in the works. We will be releasing some magnetic wall racks with Australian woods and different coloured resins in the face. We are also working on producing different bench top racks with our own unique Koi flair and style. Watch this space!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about different ways to store your knives. Apart from keeping them in a kitchen drawer, there really is no wrong option from the above listed styles! When selecting your knife storage option we suggest you take into consideration your available kitchen space, the number of knives you want to store or display, the aesthetic style and effect you want to achieve, and safety factors.