It is very important to store your chef knives properly not just from a safety point of view but also to prevent your knives from becoming damaged.
Below is a range of storage solutions for your chef knives.
Storage for your chef knives
After spending what could be a considerable amount of money on a professional set of chef knives the worst thing you can do is just throw them all in a drawer unprotected. Not to mention the health and safety risk to yourself and others if you have the knife in there with the blades unprotected.
These days there are many solutions for knife storage, some are made to look good and some are just practical, it’s up to you to decide what kind of knife storage you are after.
Below are some chef knife solutions you may like.
Blade covers are the simplest way to protect your knives, they are simply sheaths made of plastic, cardboard or a similar product that slide onto your knife. The up side to this is that it is probably going to be the cheapest solution and if you already have a spare drawer then they’re handy but the downside is people tend to get fed up of putting them back on after use or they fall off.
Magnetic knife holders are magnetic strips that hold the chef knives in place on the wall. A popular choice for chef’s in restaurant kitchens as the knives are all there to be seen and used at a moment’s notice but the downside to this is the knife blades are open to the hot and greasy kitchen environment and it is easy to cut yourself as the blades aren’t covered. Another other similar solution with similar pluses and minuses is a under cabinet knife storage rack.
Knife blocks are usually made from wood, plastic or metal and sit on your work surface housing your chef knives. They are a good solution for keep your knives clean but have the disadvantage of taking up what can be precious work surface and they tend not to be able to house all the knives you may want to use if you have a variety of favourite knives in a similar type or size.
Knife Rolls/wallets are made from heavy duty cloth, plastic or a similar flexible material, these products are great for keeping your knives clean and tidied away safely; they roll into a smaller surface area for storage. The disadvantage of them is you can’t see the knives without opening up the roll/wallet but they are a good idea if you need to travel with your knives and make an excellent choice for catering students who have to carry their knives to college.
Knife Cases/Boxes are becoming a very popular choice for chefs to store their knives away safely out of harm’s way. Usually lockable with rigid sides, these cases often come with either magnetic strips or grooves to keep you knives in place. Good for keeping all your catering equipment together in one place and also good for the chef who travels.