Looking for a novel knife stand? Take a $4.99 Rektangel vase from IKEA and fill it with bamboo skewers.
SoloC outlines this simple project at IKEA Hackers. The big advantage over conventional knife stands is that you can use a mixture of knives without worrying about whether they fit the allocated slots. The same approach would work with any square vase (a round vase would also be possible but less efficient in terms of space allocation).