What Is the Best Way To Store Kitchen Knives?

One of the most important things you can do to keep your knife sharp is to store it properly.  As you might have guessed, the worst way to store your knives is unprotected in a drawer.   Not only are you likely to dull or damage the blade, but it’s dangerous for anyone reaching in the drawer.  With that said, what is the best way to store kitchen knives?


We recommend keeping blades protected with sayas, a specific style of knife sheath.  Sayas are wood covers usually made out of magnolia wood, which is a great choice for this purpose since it wicks away any residual moisture from the blade and won’t dry out or crack.  If you don’t have room for a block or wall-mounted strip, sayas are a safe way to store knives in a drawer or on a counter. Sayas fit most standard sized blades. We recommend buying them at the same time as your knife whenever possible so they can be correctly fitted. Please check the product page of your knife for info on corresponding sayas.  For hand-forged and less standard shapes, there are a number of saya makers out there that can create a custom saya to fit your knife.  We are working on a new line of blade guards to fit some of the unique blade shapes so stay tuned!

Wall-Mounted Magnetic Strips

The second-best way to store kitchen knives is with a simple wall fixture. For easy access and because your knife collection looks pretty great, wall mounted magnetic strips are a great option.  As always, make sure the knife is very clean and dry before placing the knife on the rack, as moisture can get trapped between the blade and magnet and cause issues.    

Wooden Knife Stand

The standard storage solution for sushi chefs for generations is a simple counter knife stand.  Also made from magnolia wood, and available in both three and six knife sizes.  Traditionally the knives are placed blade side up, but for safety reasons, you can do the reverse without damaging your blade.

Travel Case

If you require a solution for travelling with your knives, hello chefs on the go — we have several made in Japan options in knife bags, knife cases or knife rolls.

One last point to remember about the best way to store kitchen knives — in addition to making sure your knives are clean and dry before putting them away, carbon knives can be treated with a thin layer of neutral oil to protect them from humidity in the air when they won’t be used frequently.  For more knife care, skills and sharpening tips visit our blog.