If you have any sort of serious interest in kitchen knives then chances are your'll be entirely aware of the inadequacy of most virtually all knife storage solutions available on the market. When purchasing this item I wanted something that could store all of my "go to" knives in a way that was both convenient and safe with regard to protecting the knife face an edge from damage. Most knife blocks and magblocks simply don't have the capacity nor can they handle larger or even medium sized knifes well. Most blocks seem only to be able to house up to a 210mm knifes and present various other problems like the potential to roll the edge or chip the tip in the case of a mag strip, or in a conventional slotted block simply wear the edge.
This block follows the same design as some of the more expensive and unavailable in the UK block designs by such manufactures as Shun but at a much more affordable price. The block houses 20 knives, for most people this is more than enough, for those that have a large collection it is enough to keep those that are in use together at hand on the work top. I would estimate you could house;
1x 300mm sujihiki or gyuto
1x 300mm gyuto with extra wide blade
1x 270mm sujihiki
1x 270mm gyuto
3x santoku or 3 210mm gyuto
1x 210mm gyuto
1x cleaver/chinese chef knife
1x gyuto-petty or boning knife
6x steak knives, peelers, paring knives
All the slots are deep, so a thick blade can be housed in each. A western chef knife or a Deba of the same length could fit in the longer slots. All the slots are horizontal to preserve the knife edge.
The only reason I give it four star is the finish on the new one I ordered was below my expectations of a new item. I contacted the seller who sorted the issue for me without fuss. I also had to change the feet as these seemed to mark my worktop. But this was no big issue.