Test Kitchen tips: Storing knives in a knife block
Quick tip on storing knives: If you have a knife block with vertical slots, like the one shown above, consider storing your knives so the edge of each blade is facing up. This will help to keep your edges sharper. When knives are stored with the edge facing downward, the edge has to slide along the bottom of the slot as the knife is housed, dulling the blade.
You might also consider a horizontal knife block (the slits run side to side); I picked one up a few years ago for my extra knifes at home and fell in love with it. Or do as Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila does and go for a magnetic knife rack.
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