Comments: Perhaps you're the sort of person who needs dedicated holes in your knife block for specific knives. But what if – and just suspend disbelief for a moment – there were a knife block where you could put your knives in anywhere? In any direction? No longer would you be tyrannized by the inflexibility of a standard knife block.
Let us point you towards the Kapoosh, which looks like a traditional knife block, until you glance at the top, and see an apparently unbroken surface. Upon closer inspection, you see that the core of the knife holder is filled with a block of innovative, compact "freedom rods" – thousands of thin plastic rods that allow you to insert knives anywhere you want in any direction. The manufacturer says an added bonus is that your knives will stay sharper because you won't be scraping the blades on the edges of the slots in a traditional knife block. (We are relatively gentle guiding knives into our blocks, so that may only benefit those who wantonly chuck knives into their blocks).
A clear benefit, though, is that the block of rods can be removed and cleaned in the top rack of a dishwasher.
Other Kapoosh blocks come in a variety of finishes, materials, shapes, sizes, and colors – woodgrain, stainless steel, black, red, etc. – and some have separate compartments for kitchen utensils or a clip-on knife sharpener, but all have the same inner workings. You can also purchase a Kapoosh with knives included.
One drawback is if you all your handles look the same, you might pull out two or three knives before you get exactly the right one, or – gasp! – you might start storing specific knives in dedicated areas of the block.
It will not hold everything in the world. If you're like us, you'll be so excited when you get your Kapoosh, you'll want to stuff all your knives and a few dozen utensils in. This you must not do. The manufacturer warns against overfilling the Kapoosh lest you slice off or bend a few of the freedom rods – but you'll have to let wisdom guide you in knowing what constitutes overfilling. The size and shape of your knives matter, too. Product literature allows for 8-inch blades, but the last half-inch or so before the bolster of our some 8-inch chef's knives stuck out. We have a cleaver that nearly monopolized the Kapoosh, with a blade so thick, it was hard to get it in without damaging the freedom rods.
We are clearly smitten, but then, we're not the types that require dedicated slots for specific knives, and we never liked that cleaver, anyway...