Where Can I Find Good Cardboard Knife Sleeves?
I just received an email from Greg Y. asking,
I have lots of kitchen knives of various sizes. I am looking for cardboard sleeves in which to store them in drawers for protection from cuts. Do you have any suggestions about how to find them? Also if you have other suggestions for knife storage besides knife blocks, I am interested in reading about them.
I know exactly what he is talking about. I purchased a boning knife that came with a cardboard sleeve that is now falling apart but I still use it. I did a quick search on Google and came up with a very cool safety cover that is not only great for protecting your knives but also protecting your kids from cutting themselves. They are not cardboard but much more practical and are called KnifeSafe.
Inexpensive and manufactured in four sizes that have been tested to fit Global, Wusthof, Ceramic Chef's Choice and Henckel. I think LamsonSharp makes them and you can find them at all the online kitchenware places.
Another choice, also not cardboard but very affordable is called Edge Guard that are made by a German company called Messermeister. I have a couple of these in my kitchen drawer and they are great for protecting your blades and fingers. Again you can find these at most of the online kitchenware's sites.
Back to Cardboard
Although I didn't find any cardboard scabbards for sale on line, I thought to myself, "How hard would it be to make your own?" So I asked my 10-year-old daughter to get some construction paper, a pair of scissors and a stable gun to see if we could make our own cardboard covers.
It took about 3 minutes to size, cut and put together a cardboard scabbard for a large chefs knife. My wife then asked if we could make one for the pizza cutter that's floating around in our utility drawer. This one took about 2 minutes.
You can see simple they are by the photos and they work great. I might put some tape over the staples so I don't cut myself a staple and might even have my kids do some drawings on them to give them an artistic feel and look. As you can see, this is a great family project, just don't let the kids mess with the knives.
Beyond Knife Blocks
Besides knife blocks, I have seen and used magnetic knife storage strips & knife trays. You can find a large selection at most any kitchenware shop.
If anyone reading this has some other ideas, please let us know in the comment section below.
onlinesources: Kitchen Knives & Cutlery
There are lots of sources for purchasing quality Kitchen Knives including chef's knives, pairing knives and boning knives. I suggest you check out your local department stores and kitchen supply shops but if you're looking for a wide selection of products and prices, you may want to check out Amazon.com where I buy many of my favorite pieces of cookware.