Magnetic Knife Holders
Every kitchen needs a place to keep the knives. Magnetic knife holders are a safe and convenient way of storing knives in a kitchen. They come in various designs and styles.
The trick is to know what's best for your particular kitchen set up and your personal tastes. In this article, we'll look at different types of magnetic holders, how to choose a good magnetic knife holder and some pros and cons of having one in the kitchen. So let's go!
Types of Magnetic Knife Holders
Magnetic Knife Block
If you don't want to drill holes in your kitchen wall, you can opt for a magnetic knife stand or block. This is like a normal knife block but with magnetic strips instead of slots for knives. It rests on the kitchen counter, with the knives attached to its face.
The F DICK Design Magnetic Knife Block is a great example of a magnetic knife block. It features strong magnetic strips on each side of the block and a stylish angled hardwood block. The block also has holes on top for a sharpening steel and kitchen shears.
Combined Slotted and Magnetic Block
Some knife blocks have a number of slots on one side of the block, and a flat, magnetized side on the other. The Tojiro Wooden Knife Block with Magnet is one such block. This very convenient composite is made of natural knife-friendly wood and can accommodate 6 knives in the slots and two additional knives on the magnetic side.
Exposed Magnetic Strip
Some magnetic knife holders have their magnetic strips exposed like the F DICK Design Magnetic Knife Block mentioned above, which has three strips mounted on each side of the block.
Magnet Concealed Under another Material
Some blocks have the magnet invisible and embedded under the wood or other material, like the ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Magnetic Knife Block Slanted. Made from natural bamboo, this block is durable, water-resistant, stain-resistant, and resistant to scarring. It has its magnet hidden under the wood and looks like a simple block of wood. It can hold up to nine knives.
Magnetic Knife Holder Materials
Magnetic knife holders can be made of different types of materials. The three most common materials are:
This is the most common style. Plastic magnetic holders are affordable, easy to clean, and available in many colors and shapes. You can easily get one that matches your kitchen color scheme.
This is another common material found in many professional kitchens. Stainless steel magnetic blocks are also affordable and durable.
Wood is the most expensive of the three types of materials. You have to reach deeper into your pockets to purchase a wooden magnetic knife block, but they are worth it as they look cozy and warmer in the kitchen. However, they are harder to clean than steel or plastic holders.
Shopping for a magnetic knife holder can be difficult if you don't know what to look for. Here are some pointers:
What to Consider When Buying a Magnetic Knife Holder
Ease of Cleaning
A stainless-steel magnetic strip is easy to clean and dries fast. A strip coated in wood dries much slower and attracts and retains more dust.
Get a knife block that will accommodate your knife needs. If you have a lot of knives or plan to expand your collection, get a big block. Then again, don't have such a big one that it always looks half empty and unused. You want your kitchen to look balanced.
The magnetic holder has to be strong as well. Weak magnets are dangerous as the knives will keep dropping, leading to chips and dents. Of course, all sellers will describe their magnetic holders as strong/ powerful, so don't just take their word for it. Read previous buyers' comments and reviews to get a picture of what you're about to purchase.
It feels nice to work in an attractive kitchen. Having a consistent color scheme and style is one way of achieving this. You can get a knife holder whose color and style match your kitchen.
As with everything in this world, there are pros and cons to having magnetic knife holders. Here are some of them.
- They save space because all your knives are all in one place.
- You can use the holder to store other metallic kitchen utensils like metal spatulas.
- Your knives are easily accessible when you need them. There is no need to rummage in drawers looking for knives.
- They are a safer alternative to drawers.
- Magnetic knife holders prevent knives from getting dull as they prevent unnecessary friction with other items.
- You can see all the knives you need at a go. There is no need to keep pulling knives out one by one to find the knife you want.
- They are easier to clean than slotted knife holders.
- They can be dangerous if you have children or pets with access to the kitchen. This is because the knives are all exposed.
- There is a possibility of knives getting damaged as they are removed from the rack.
- The knives can dirty faster as they are always exposed.
Can Magnetic Knife Blocks Damage Knives?
Concerns about whether magnetic knife holders can damage knives always come up in discussions about them. It all depends on the type of magnet and how you handle the knives:
- Metal holders can do more damage than holders that have the magnet embedded in wood. Friction between the knife blade and a metallic rack is more damaging than friction between the knife blade and wood.
- When removing the knife from the holder, hold the handle firmly, pull, and twist the knife. Don't drag it off the holder.
- Avoid allowing the edge of the knife to hit the strip of the magnet as this could damage and dull the blade.
A good magnetic knife holder can last you years. It will also take good care of your knives and make your kitchen look professional. Shop our range of magnetic knife holders now.