I was unsure about buying this block (I bought the small one), as there weren't many reviews of it, not a lot of information online, and it's not the cheapest one around.. but from the pic it seemed it would look good and fit in my wee kitchen, where bench space is a premium. Most other knife blocks are kinda big and chunky, which isn't great when bench space is tight, or need to be attached to a wall - not great when you're renting! So I'm happy to say, it's perfect! It does what it says and looks great. The perspex looks like it can be unscrewed, if it needs a clean too (I haven't tried).