Lori’s Weekly Bella Bling- 3 Carat Knife Accessory
Here is my selection for the last knife holder accessory we will be looking at, rated at 3 carats, the pullout knife holder. I give it the highest rating because it fits in a 3”, 4” or 6” wide space. Instead of designing a 3” filler, make the space accessible and usable. The unit is also available as a pull out cabinet – 6” or 9” wide, further stretching the possibilities. Place a 3” pullout on either side of the cooktop and you have easy access to the knives where they are needed most.
Dura Supreme’s version of this pullout also offers four front decorative options. An overlay (plain) panel, a ¾” thick column, an overlay that is styled like the cabinet door, or a pilaster/post. Their unit is constructed of natural maple and pulls out on a full extension ball bearing system. There are 18 slots for knives, varying in size, including a square hole for the sharpening file. An added bonus, there is a small “tray” at top for excess knives, long meat forks, or short spice containers. Again, all organized in as little room as 3”.
I’m going to give you 2 disadvantages. The first is that the slots are predetermined, so if some of your large chef knives don’t work, you are out of luck, unless you cut larger slots. Second, if you have small children, I do not recommend placing knives in base cabinets that are easily opened.
Next week we will continue focusing on accessories for bases – specifically rollout trays.