Sturdy and heavy, this knife block is perfect and will hold probably up to 6 or 7 knives depending on size.(We keep 4 in it with ease). The universal insert means that all knife sizes are accommodated, and it is easily removed for cleaning, though I shouldn't imagine that it will need it much.The nicely finished bamboo is lovely to handle and looks good. It is quite tall, so won't fit under cupboards on a work surface, but an open space at the end on one surface is the ideal home. No sign of a free cutting board though!!!