The Knife Block to End All Knife Blocks*

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* How’s THAT for a dramatic title?

EDITED TO ADD: It’s been over two years since I wrote this post, so what’s the verdict on the knife block after years of use? I LOVE IT! Still works great with NO problems. Keep reading for why I love it so much…

Remember back in January when I was naively full of hope for organizing my home with the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge?  I know several of you were doing the challenge as well, and probably still are… unlike me, the slacker.  I should have known 52 weeks was a bit long for me to focus.

When I left off, I had organized my kitchen countertops and was gung-ho on following the week-by-week plan for organizing my home and kitchen.  One of the issues I had was knife storage– I had two knife blocks, and neither fit my knives very well.  My sister suggested getting one knife block with lots of slots, so I put it on my “to-find” list.  That’s when the problem emerged of finding a knife block with slots that fit the various sized knives in my drawers, and also one with the perfect number of slots for my actual knives.  I know, I know… first world problems.  Life is tough.  😉

Kapoosh knife block and kitchen organization idea

Looking at that photo, I realize one thing: I do NOT miss those green laminate countertops!  I’m so in love with the new black granite ones I forgot how terrible the old ones were.  Anyways.

Fast forward a few months, and I found myself browsing knife blocks at Bed, Bath, and Beyond when I found one that’s unique.  It’s called Kapoosh, and instead of slots for each knife it has tiny rods that snuggle your knives so you can stick them wherever you want, any size, almost any quantity.  Elated {because I’m weird like that}, I bought it and brought it home to test it out.

Kapoosh knife block and kitchen organization idea

So, what’s the verdict?  LOVE.  I love it!  Or else I probably wouldn’t be telling you about it.  The online reviews are mixed so I’ll tell you the good, the bad, and any ugly I can find:

The Good:

  • It fits all my knives.  I have 6 steak knives, a paring knife, a good chef’s knife, and a few others.  They all fit, unlike a traditional block that only allows the knives that will fit in those specially sized slots.
  • It’s easy to keep clean.  You’ll need to wash the rods every so often, but they come out in one solid unit attached at the bottom so there’s no mess.  The fact the rods are dishwasher safe is HUGE in my book.
  • It saves counter space by corralling all those knives into one compact spot.  No storing them in drawers the kids can reach, or on a magnet strip– which is such a great concept, but I don’t have the wall space for it.
  • It looks cool, right?
Kapoosh knife block and kitchen organization idea

The Bad:

  • There is a limit to the number of knives you can add, because it does start to become tight in there.  Apparently you can take out a rod or two in order to create more space, but I haven’t reached that point yet.  I currently have ten in there and they fit fine.

The Ugly:

  • It says little bits of the {food safe} rods may break off if sliced by the blades, but they aren’t harmful and need only to be quickly rinsed off.  I haven’t actually had this happen yet, so it’s not an issue for me… plus, I usually rinse my knives before I use them anyways.

Here’s additional info and how to buy the Kapoosh knife block on Amazon.

Kapoosh knife block and kitchen organization idea
I realize not everyone is in the market for a new knife block, or even has an opinion on knife blocks (whaaaaaat?), but when I find something unique I like to share.  So what do you think– is the Kapoosh SO HOT or SO NOT?
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  1. I have had two knife blocks like the one you got because like you, we had a random assortment of knives that didnt come as a set and so no regular knife block fits our knives.

    The problem I have is that eventually those rods are cut by the knives and make it so that it’s difficult to put the knives back into the block. We have to kindof force the knives in now, which makes me very uncomfortable and I have visions of somehow slicing myself.

    Having said all that, I found one at value village when my first one was no longer useable and I got it because I still have not found anything better. Perhaps a magnetic strip on the wall? Any other ideas?

  2. That is a good idea, I have a really cool one, it’s a man being “stabbed” bit it takes up too much room!

  3. Very cool! I am happy you’re happy with it… and your green laminate counter tops weren’t horrible… LOL! … they were good while you could use them, weren’t they? My mother doesn’t even have counters in Mexico… and we were just happy when we had a sink! (how rich!) 😉 … so… I think the granite is beautiful and the laminate ones would make many women in the world very happy 😉 … thanks for sharing about the knives 🙂

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  5. I got a gift of a black knife holder with a set of big knives and steak knives all in one. Knives are great but block is falling apart at bottom. Any blocks like this in stock?

  6. Love the knives. Had them for years. Need block large knives at top and steak knives at bottom

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