This black graphite finish wooden storage block from J. A. Henckels was designed for the TWIN Select series but will fit many other brands as well. The space age styling will go well with modern kitchen decor, but consider whether the block has the capacity for the knives you use daily.
This ten slot block can hold eight knives, a sharpening steel and either a carving fork or pair of kitchen shears. Not all shears or forks will fit the oval slot–a knife or steel will fit in the dual purpose sharpening steel slot. Large chef’s knives and cleavers will have to find another place, since the largest slots in this block are only 2.5″ wide.
The block does have an efficient space saving design, narrow yet heavy enough to be stable, and is mounted on rubber non slip feet that keep the base above wet counter top areas. Although the durable black granite-like finish eliminates the need for regular oiling of the wood, some thought should be given to location. Placing any wooden knife block near a source of direct heat can cause the wood to dry and crack. Steam can also be a cause of problems, causing the wood to swell, and can vent from countertop appliances as well as from pots on the stove.
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