Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver
We have a knife block and actually prefer it.
I was under the impression that storing knives loose, like in a drawer, where their blades can touch and nick each other is not good for them.
We bought a knife set by Farberware
about 7yrs ago and have been very happy w/ it. The handle and blade on each knife are 1 piece. We store the knives in the block upside down so that the blades don't rub the block and dull. I also use the sharpening steel almost every time I use a straight blade just so I get nice cuts.
We use pretty much all the pieces in the set. I've thought of getting a magnetic strip, but I don't think I like the look of exposed blades.
I had this same set and also kept them upside down. They held up great for five years and still would be if a destructive younger BIL hadn't gotten ahold of them
but I'll avoid revisiting that again... I also used all the pieces. I think it is a good compact set to cover all your bases (especially if, like me, you had basic silverware but no steak knives) and occasionally can be found on super clearance at a Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens N Things, or similar store.
With that said, I've definitely had my eye on that Kapoosh-type thing and will probably try to buy separate knives or an even smaller set next time.