My Sleek, Efficient Replacement for Clunky Old Knife Blocks Requires Zero Installation
If you have at least one "good" knife in your collection of kitchen tools, it's important to also have the right storage. But for many home cooks—myself included—where to keep those knives is an afterthought. For years, I kept my chef's knife and paring knife right on my cutting board, ready for action. The rest of my knives (we're talking fileting, boning, bread, and more) got tucked in a random utensil drawer. Please don't tell my culinary school instructors about this.
Due to low upper cabinets, I don't have enough room for a magnetic knife strip. And knife blocks? Ugh. They're clunky, chunky, and take up way too much precious real estate on my countertops. I figured I'd live with my shameful secret forever, until I discovered the perfect knife storage solution from my favorite cookware brand, Material.
Material's magnetic knife stand, aptly called "The Stand," is the sleek, attractive, and efficient answer to my junk drawer prayers. I've been using it for a month, and can't imagine how I ever did without it.
To buy: Material the Stand, $90 at materialkitchen.com
The Stand comes in two different materials, either a light and airy beech or an elegant dark walnut. My kitchen is all white subway tile and skylights, so I opted for the beech. With an angled profile that's 9.5 inches at its tallest, it creates a striking, yet minimalist presence. It's fully magnetized on both sides of the block, so you can store as many as eight knives. (Although I do have a robust collection of small blades, so I've fit up to 10 at one time).
There's so much to love about Material's knife stand—just ask any dinner guest I've entertained this month; I can't stop talking about it—but the best part is its efficiency. Unlike traditional knife blocks, The Stand allows you to see the whole knife at a glance, not just its handle. That means you'll always grab the knife you need on the first try.
Another way it differs from the dreaded blocks? It's actually easy to keep clean. All you have to do is spot-treat it with a damp cloth. No impossibly tiny crevices that collect dust and bacteria.
Its $90 price point reflects the high-quality materials. It's made from sustainably harvested wood. Plus, it's crafted to last for years. I'm not the only cook who feels this way; The Stand has racked up over 300 almost-perfect reviews from actual customers. "The stand's base is heavy, so I'm not worried about it falling over," says one. I concur! Another commenter noted that it's ideal for holding kitchen knives on one side, and steak knives on the other. I like that idea.
I'll admit that I was drawn to The Stand by its looks alone. If nothing else, I figured, it would fit in better on my counter than the ugly mismatched blocks. But after using it daily, I realize that this streamlined tool has the brains and brawn to back up its beauty. I'm even considering a second stand for my steak knives. And in case you were wondering: Yep, even two of Material's knife stands will take up less space than my old block situation.