On the Block
Universal Knife Blocks
Knife blocks allow you to store your knives without mounting a magnetic strip on your kitchen wall or taking up valuable drawer space with an organizer. Because conventional blocks hold only knives of specific sizes (the small slot for the paring knife, the deep slot for the slicer, etc.), we prefer universal blocks, which are designed to accommodate knives of all sizes in any configuration. There are two types of universal knife blocks: those that use magnets to secure the knives and those that use a mass of bristles or folds or an open grid to hold them. To find the best universal knife block on the market, we tested 10 models priced from $24.99 to $248.64, using them to hold both our winning and Best Buy six-piece à la carte knife sets (which both include a pair of shears).
by Hannah Crowley
Some people call them bread knives, but we think serrated knives are more versatile than that. We use them to cut everything from crusty baguettes and buttery brioche to tender cakes and squishy tomatoes.
We tested nine serrated knives, priced from $19.99 to $199.99, focusing on knives with blades around 10 inches long. We worked our way through 50 pounds of tomatoes, 18 yellow cakes, nine loaves of challah, 30 crusty rustic loaves, and nine towering BLT sandwiches loaded with extra fillings.