Knives are some of the most important tools in the kitchen, yet there are people who keep them in drawers, where they clang around, knocking into each other, getting all dinged up and sad. Do not do this. There are much better ways to store your knives, and some of them you can even make yourself.
Photo by Kyle Marsh.
- Get a universal knife block: A lot of knife sets come with a block, but you're better off buying a few really good knives a la carte, then expanding your collection as needed. This may leave you initially blockless, but there are many good universal knife blocks out there, like this one from iBlock, which is fitted with flexible plastic rods and can fit almost any arsenal of kitchen cutlery.
- Magnetise a spot of wall: I don't have a ton of counter space, so I prefer to have my knives up on the wall. Not only does this keep them in good condition while providing easy access, but (I think) it looks cool. They can also be a pretty cheap option -- IKEA has one for just $14.99, or you can make your own.
- Keep them (protected) in a drawer: If you absolutely must keep your knives in a drawer for some reason -- maybe you're very into that "Art of Having None of Your Possessions In Sight" book -- at least get them some sleeves or keep them in a roll. If you want to get a little fancier, you can buy a special, knife-protecting drawer tray.
Just don't let them clang around in there all haphazardly. It's just cruel (and expensive, when you have to buy new knives).