How To Make A DIY Universal Knife Block For Under $20

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  1. Very cool! I doubt I can do it for under $20 here in the US, however, unless you know where we can get a ton of bamboo skewers that long! The only ones I can find are at Walmart and they’re only about 8″ long. Still – I might be able to make one to hold most of my knives. I Still keep all the good ones in the cardboard sleeves they came in. Thanks for the article!!

    • jimmyjames says:

      Rosie, china town may work :) you could also check the flower department next time you’re at walmart or home depot, they may have, here’s the technical term, “plant holder-uppers” or something along those lines that may work. I can tell you it turned out to be an awesome project, and works great! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Anita says:

    The dollar store is a good place for bamboo skewers!

  3. Mike says:

    Cutting paper with a knife is a no-no because it dulls the blade (wood fibers and all), what about the bamboo skewers, wouldn’t that be the same thing, only worse since its not tiny fibers, but intact wood??

    • jimmyjames says:

      You’re not actually cutting anything. The Skewers act more as support for the hilt, and when the hilt hits the tip of the skewers, it stops the knife’s point from touching the base of the knife block. The skewers move freely to form around the shape of the knife blade. In fact, this is probably better than a regular knife block (where the knife goes in at an angle) because going in vertically, there is even less friction against the wood as the blade comes in and out. It’s possible this could have the same effect as cutting paper, but again, you’re not cutting anything. I noticed no issues with this over the last year of use.

  4. John Jakszta says:

    This is an awesome idea! I assume you run some risk of the bamboo skewers being sliced by the blades as they enter the “bamboo forest,” no? I have a tough time with some of the skewers I buy, they seem to already be splitting in the package… I also like the rice idea, but what about mold?

    • jimmyjames says:

      I haven’t had any issues. The blade moves the skewers, rather than cuts them. Also, if they do split a little, it doesn’t really affect anything, and because there are so many, you can’t tell to look. Yes, mold can be an issue. I always make sure my knives are totally dry before putting them away, and after a rather muggy summer last year, I had lightly sprayed the skewers with a water/ bleach solution to discourage growth.

  5. Carolyn says:

    You can order bulk skewers in bulk online. I found one site (Amazon) that has a package of 1200 for about $13 with free shipping.

  6. Andie Early says:

    This is such a great idea! I have been looking at universal nice blocks and have been going since sideways and prices with dismay. Thank you!

  7. Bea says:

    This is pure genius! Its very tedious but if you coat individual skewer with clear nail varnish first and let them dry the they won’t split or be affected by mould. Colour nail varnish adds a bit of ….colour! :-)

  8. eyza says:

    wow.. genius! great idea.. btw, i like the rice idea but won’t it dull the knife? i have a colourful knives so do u think the rice will scratch the colour on my knives? huhu.. if i use rice or skewer, is it ok to put styrofoam at the bottom of the block? thanks!

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