No one wants to scrape their knuckles when they go to grab a knife.
Last Updated Nov. 2, 2022.
Our winning magnetic knife strip by Messermeister was recently redesigned, so we tested the new version and a few additional models. We like the new Messermeister 17.75” Acacia Knife Magnet Bar, but we found two knife strips that we like better. The pricey but beautiful 20-inch Brooklyn Butcher Blocks Knife Rack, 20'' Walnut is our new favorite, and the Schmidt Brothers Acacia 18” Magnetic Wall Bar is our new Best Buy. Interested in storing your knives in a universal knife block instead? See our review here.
The best magnetic knife strips give you plenty of room to store knives of all sizes and weights. They’re easy to install and provide enough clearance that you can grab knives without scraping your knuckles against the wall. Our favorite is the Brooklyn Butcher Block Walnut Magnetic Knife Rack, 20 in. It’s not cheap, but it is gorgeous, has great magnet coverage, and is exceptionally easy to attach to a wall. For less than half the price of our winner, the Schmidt Brothers Acacia 18” Magnetic Wall Bar is our Best Buy. It requires a little more work to set up, but is just as much of a pleasure to use as our winner.
What You Need to Know
Magnetic knife strips hold knives of all shapes and sizes without taking up valuable drawer or counter space. We’ve tested models of different materials, all with a length between 15 and 20 inches, as we’ve found that size to be best for most knife collections.
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Miye is a senior editor for ATK Reviews. She covers booze, blades, and gadgets of questionable value.