8 Knife Holders More Unique Than a Knife Block

Updated: May 19, 2024

Magnetic strips, clear knife holders and even in-drawer blocks are amazing alternatives to the traditional knife block.

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Set of knives on wooden magnetic holder ; Shutterstock ID 433957846; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): TOH Knife Holder Roundup
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Storing knives improperly is one of the ways you’re abusing your knives. You definitely don’t want to keep them loose in the drawer, but is a traditional knife block your only option? Nope! Magnetic strips, clear knife holders and even in-drawer blocks keep your knives conveniently tucked away and may even be cleaner than a traditional knife block (This is why you need to clean your knife block regularly.) These snazzy knife holders definitively deserve a second look.

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Ouddy 16 Inch Magnetic Knife Holder, Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar, Magnetic Knife Strip, Knife Rack Strip
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Magnetic Strip

A favorite of professional chefs and even some of our staff, magnetic knife holders ($15) do a great job of storing your knife collection. Some major benefits here include more counter space and cleaner knifes. A knife block can hold dirt and grease, especially if you forgot to clean a knife thoroughly before putting it back in.

Purchase it here.

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QIKE Bamboo Magnetic Knife Block Stand Holder Strong Magnetic to Ensure Security
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Magnetic Block

Similar to the magnetic strip, a magnetic block ($51) is another cleaner way to store your knives, as the blades aren’t trapped in a dirty crevice. This bamboo block can hold any magnetic utensils, so store your kitchen shears here, too. It’s easy to keep clean and doesn’t take up too much space on the counter.

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Kuhn Rikon Vision Clear Slotted Easy-to-Clean Knife Stand/Block, Rectangle
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Clear Knife Holder

This modern knife block ($40) has a sleek design and holds a variety of knife sizes. The clear display looks nice on the counter, while also allowing you to see which knife you’re grabbing. No more guessing!

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Kapoosh Urban Universal Knife Block- Cherry Red
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Flex Rod Block

Want something flashy? Look no further than the Kapoosh flex rod block ($30). The rods are flexible enough to fit all types of knives yet sturdy enough to keep them in place. The contemporary design is quite fun.

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Bamboo Universal Knife Block - Extra Large Two-tiered Slotless Wooden Knife Stand, Organizer & Holder - Convenient Safe Storage for Large & Small Knives & Utensils - Easy to Clean Removable Bristles
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Universal Knife Block

The universal knife block ($34) uses the same flex rods as the Kapoosh, but it looks similar to a traditional knife block. A nice plus here is that it allows you to store your knives in any spot. The rods won’t dull the blades, and they’re top-rack dishwasher safe.

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In-Drawer Bamboo Knife Block Holds 12 Knives (Not Included) Without Pointing Up PLUS a Slot for your Knife Sharpener! Noble home & chef Knife Organizer Made from Quality Moso Bamboo
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In-Drawer Block

Short on counter space? Consider an in-drawer knife block ($25). It fits in a standard kitchen drawer and keeps your knives organized. It can hold 12 knives—with steak knives conveniently stacked on top—plus a sharpener if you have one.

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madesmart Large In-Drawer Knife Mat - White | CLASSIC COLLECTION | Holds up to 11 Knives | Safe | Open Design to fit Any Size Knife | Soft-grip Slots and Non-slip Mat | BPA Free
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In-Drawer Mat

An alternative to the in-drawer block is an in-drawer mat ($14). It’s a little less expensive and much lighter. If it gets dirty, simply hand wash it in warm soapy water.

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Spartan Knife Block - Handmade Premium Birch - Holds Your 6 Knives, Solid, Heavy, Magnetic Steel Holder (No Knives)
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Spartan Knife Block

OK, this one made us chuckle. How creative is this Spartan knife holder ($70)? This version holds six knives (plus a sharpener) and is an excellent conversation piece.

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