How to Store Chef Knives: The Most Effective Ways

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In addition to sharpening your chef knife regularly, you also need to store them appropriately so that the blades remain in pristine condition at all times.

While it is simple and easy to throw your knives in a drawer together with other utensils, storing them properly prevents the knives from chipping and becoming dull.

In present times, most knives come with knife blocks that provide for the best and convenient storage.

For chef knives that do not come with these blocks, there are a lot of other ways that you can store them.

And we will take a look at the topic of how to store chef knives properly today.

Wooden block

This is the best storage option you can have for your kitchen.

Most cooks and chefs have a sturdy block in their kitchens for storing a wide variety of blades.

The best thing about a wooden block is that it keeps knives organized and allows for easy retrieval.

Additionally, these blocks are portable thereby making it effortless to move all your blades at once.

Most wooden blocks come with a waterproof finish that guarantees the best protection against water and moisture.

Also, these blocks are finely finished to rhyme perfectly with the rest of the appliances in the kitchen and the rest of your cutlery collection.

These blocks vary in size with large blocks accommodating more blades than smaller blocks.

As such, you choose your ideal block depending on the number of knives in your collection.

A knife block with a slot for storing shears is a great addition.

Pros:

  1. Easy to organize your blades
  2. Compact and portable
  3. Unique design hence attractive
  4. Allows for easy blade retrieval

Cons:

  1. These blocks may harbor when not washed properly

Magnetic bar

If you have limited countertop space in your kitchen, you should consider using a magnetic holder for holding your blades.

It comes in handy if you have several blades that you use constantly in the kitchen during food preparation.

These strips come in different lengths and as such, it is easy to find the strip that can accommodate all your blades.

The best thing here is that they allow for easy access and retrieval of the blades.

A magnetic knife bar is a great choice for commercial kitchens.

It is a popular choice among professional chefs.

This magnetic strip just like a wooden block provides for the best edge protection of your chef knife.

The strips are easy to install and are also attractive as they display your collection.

Additionally, these strips add a stylish and modern appeal to your kitchen thereby enhancing the mood of the kitchen.

It is recommended that you only buy a magnetic strip that is designed and suited to hold the weight of your chef knife as well as the rest of your blade collection.

A magnetic stripe is a great option for keeping your blades out of a kid’s reach.

Pros:

  1. Space-efficient storage
  2. Stylish and decorative display
  3. Easy to install
  4. Allows for easy access

Cons:

  1. These strips can chip the cutting edge easily if mishandled

Plastic edge guard

If you are shopping for an affordable option of storing your chef knife, you should consider buying plastic knife edge guards.

These guards are easy to use and provide the best protection to the cutting edge.

In addition to this, the edge guards ensure that the blades do not pose any safety hazards while the blades are in storage.

The only catch when it comes to using edge guards is that they come in specific sizes.

As such, you need to look for the size that your knife will fit in comfortably.

These guards also provide for easy transport of the blades as the cutting edges are completely concealed.

Pros:

  1. Inexpensive storage option
  2. Provides the best edge protection
  3. Enhances safety when storing or carrying the blades
  4. Durable and long-lasting

Cons:

  1. Not ideal for a large collection

In-drawer storage

If you are in the market for a classy and stylish knife storage option, then you should opt for an in-drawer system.

This option is designed to accommodate a customized knife collection and allows for easy blade retrieval.

This storage option is only ideal for chefs and cooks with dedicated drawer space in their kitchens.

As such, for chefs whose kitchens are less spacious, this in-drawer knife storage is not the best choice for them.

The best thing here is that it protects the blade from all damaging effects including moisture and collision with other utensils.

Pros:

  1. Classy and stylish storage option
  2. Well organized storage option
  3. Perfect for a large blade collection
  4. Easy to customize

Cons:

  1. Not ideal for less-spacious kitchens

Useful knife care tips

While storing your knives appropriately is one of the best ways of caring for the blades, you need to do a lot more to ensure that the blades remain in pristine condition.

Some of the tips on how to care for your blades include:

Hone regularly

Honing the cutting edge straightens it and ensures that the blade maintains its unique sharpness at all times.

Before you use your chef knife to cut through food items like meat or vegetables, you should take a few moments to hone both sides of the cutting edge.

Cut properly

Your mode of cutting using a knife can easily damage the blade.

As such, you should ensure that you use a chopping board at all times.

This is because contact between the cutting edge and hard surfaces dullens the blade easily.

Sharpen regularly

You should sharpen your blade immediately you notice that it is becoming dull.

Sharpening also helps in repairing nicks and dents that may be on the surface of the blade.

There are several sharpeners that you can consider using with your steel knife.

Some of these sharpeners include water stones, electric sharpeners, and sharpening steel rods.

Conclusion

To get the best cutting results when using your chef knife, you must maintain and store the blades accordingly.

Always settle for the knife storage option that works best for your kitchen and one that meets your needs.

Further reading:

Basic Techniques for Professional Culinary Arts Knife Cuts

Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by Andy Wang

My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.