Comments: Does having a child – or having a child visit – mean that you have to give up cooking? Well, yes, but that's a different matter. Does it mean you have to get rid of your good knives, your trusty friends in the kitchen? No, you just have to lock them up.
This locking knife block does a very good job of keeping your knives safe. We
could not pull a knife out when it was in the locked position, and we are stronger than some 7-year-olds. The down side is that, like so many child-proof devices, it is not necessarily a picnic for grown-ups to operate, either.
To remove a knife, you have to firmly press and hold buttons on each side of the block, allowing you to withdraw the knife with your free hand. Grown-ups with small to very-small hands are going to struggle to stretch from thumb to middle finger to depress both buttons. You can use a finger from each hand, but then you have no free hand to pull out the knife. You can unlock the knife block by pressing both buttons on the sides, pressing the button on the front of the block, and letting go of the side buttons while the center button stays in. Your timing has to be pretty good, but you'll probably get the hang of it.
The manufacturer says this unlocked mode is useful when you are cooking up a storm and are using your knives frequently. You'll have to remember to lock it when you're done. (You can put knives into the block when it's locked.)
The block only holds five knives – two with larger blades (chef's knife or Santoku, perhaps), and three with narrower blades. (You provide the knives.) It takes up a fair bit of room for something that only holds five knives, but it's hard to put a price on safety, either in terms of dollars spent or space occupied.