The Lock Block is the safe knife block with its patented locking mechanism
Child proof knife block requires pushing on both sides of the block at the same time while removing the knife
Can be disengaged when preparing foods and need knives continuously
Made of stainless steel and wood
Fits five standard knives
The Lock Block from Starfrit Gourmet is the safest knife block you can buy. The patented block won't let children take knives out easily. The child-proof knife block needs to be unlocked by pushing on both sides of the block at the same time and removing the knife. Knife block can be continuously unlocked if you are preparing food and are frequently using your knives. The green light indicates the Lock Block is disengaged;the red light shows when it is in function. Made of stainless steel and dark wood, the Lock Block fits five standard knives;chef, slicer, parer, bread and utility knife. Knives not included.
- Color: Dark wood stain, silver, black
- Weight: 2 lb 1 oz
- Made In: China
- Warranty: 1 year
- Dimensions: 9-3/9" x 8-3/8" x 4-3/8"
- Composition: Stainless steel, wood, plastic
- Manufacturer: Starfrit Gourmet
- Other versions: Natural
|Apparent goal:||kids||gift/registry||home kitchens||restaurants||everywhere|
|Intended audience:||novice||advanced beginner||good home cook||gourmet||professional|
|Diet/nutrition:||does not apply||scary||empty promises||helpful||essential|
|Green?:||not especially||neutral||mixed blessing||earth friendly||green!|
|Innovative:||step back||standing still||trendy||progress||genius|
|Problem solving:||no better||baby steps||solid steps||giant steps||a revelation|
|Competition:||outclassed||follower||in the pack||strong challenger||likely champ|
|Ease of use:||impossible||frustrating||OK||simple||child's play|
|Quality:||cheesy||questionable||good||years of service||impressive|
|Parts to lose:||inevitable||some/many||one-piece||self-storing||not a problem|
|Clean-up:||nightmare||wipe clean||soap & water||scouring pad||dishwasher|
|Does it work?:||not at all||adequately||well||very well||perfectly|
|Availability:||airfare required||online||kitchen store||department store||supermarket|
|Easy to open?:||impossible||maddening||tolerable||good||opens itself|
|Green?:||fills a landfill||huge waste||passable||minimal waste||impressive|
|Time saving:||time wasting||not really||modest||substantial||huge|
|Labor saving:||less efficient||marginal||a bit||noticeable||remarkable|
|Money saving:||money wasted||none||$||$$||$$$|
|Beats the old way:||worse||no change||better||definitely||entirely new|
|Where will it live?:||garage/attic||drawer||cabinet||countertop||elsewhere|
|Fulfills ambitions:||falls short||almost there||satisfies||exceeds||home run|
|How often used:||once/twice||≥daily||≥weekly||≥monthly||≥yearly/holidays|
|Worth the space?:||no||does not apply||w/unlimited space||w/limited space||absolutely|
|Need it?:||a luxury||discretionary||basic equipment||for serious cooks||get it|
|Value:||ouch!||a little pricey||worth splurging||on the money||a deal|
|Overall rating:||skip it||fair||good||very good||excellent|
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.