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Equipment & Gear: Kapoosh Knife Block (not recommended)
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AprilCoe
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: I love my kapoosh Reply with quote

Huh? I've had mine for a while, and I've had no problems. I got a large red one and it has two sections - one for longer knives and one for shorter ones. Let the rods air dry for 24-48 hours each time you wash it. How often are you going to wash it anyway - you're only putting clean knives in it. I don't really see the problem - and it sure beats having the knives stuff in a drawer because they won't fit in the traditional knife block.

A knife magnet is great, if you have beautiful knives to display - but if you have a bunch of odd pieces that you want to keep, but not display, I think the kapoosh is ideal.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Kapoosh rod alternatives Reply with quote

I REALLY like the idea of using rice, wooden skewers, etc. to replace the plastic rods---if the need should arise over time. I wonder if you could get enough rice or skewers to create a dense enough environment to keep the knives from moving around because of gravity, too little friction, etc. (I suppose that's the reason the individual Kapoosh rods have such a small diameter).

At the risk of stating the obvious, one thing I've done since I started cooking was place all my knives upside down in the conventional knife block. This has two obvious benefits: it prevents the knife edge dulling from repeated contact with the wood block, and it protects the knife block from unsightly grooves caused by sliding the knives in and out.

Obviously, this can be done with the Kapoosh, but the knives can also be placed on their side, if you wish. The upside-down placement should help prevent getting the little bits of plastic on the knife which may have been sliced off, and will protect the knife edge as well. Great site!
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LN
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:12 am    Post subject: Wood Skewers knifeblock Name+DIY Reply with quote

The wooden skewers knife block is called Schaschlik Knife Block by Martin Robitsch
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/schaschlik_knif_1.php
You can DIY http://lifehacker.com/5441608/build-a-diy-schaschlik-knife-block-on-the-cheap
HTH in finding it.
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gloria p
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:59 pm    Post subject: Kapoosh knife block Reply with quote

I am very happy with mine, a useful product with a silly name. I used to have a magnetic holder on the wall which worked...OK, but occasionally I wasn't careful enough replacing a knife and it would fall off onto the counter. Now our backsplash is tiled and the Kapoosh is a good solution for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Kapoosh Knife Block Reply with quote

We have bought three and think they are the best knife solution we've ever had. Our friends think so too. Anyone who wants to sell there one please get in touch. We would love to buy another one for our son.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of the large two compartment models, and I am very happy with it. One thing that did occur to me: are the people having trouble inserting the knifes spine down or edge down? Spine down is what I have always done (so that gravity is forcing the broad spine into the rods and not the sharp edge) and I haven't had any issues with black flecks or warped tines, even with my most sharpened knives.

Maybe I have just spent too much time around katanas, but that is what made sense to me.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 1:55 am    Post subject: I love it! I want another one! Reply with quote

I, too, love the Kapoosh. I've had it for about 4 or 5 years now and (I hate how this makes me sound) but I've never washed it. I put clean knives in so why would I expect them to come out dirty? And I agree w/the reader above -- what's the difference if there's air around the knives? I never got plastic flecks either. I can't even imagine washing the rods in the dishwasher or otherwise -- how would you ever get them back in the base? Yikes! My only issue is the butcher block wood split open so now it's being held together with several large rubber bands (tried using wood glue but that didn't work). So I need another one. Went on the Internet to search for "knife blocks" not remembering the name as being Kapoosh and happily, I found this blog! Now I have to find where they sell it as I got it as a gift.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 6:09 am    Post subject: Re: I love it! I want another one! Reply with quote

Claudia wrote:
Now I have to find where they sell it as I got it as a gift.

Claudia, you should be able to purchase them from Bed Bath and Beyond. In the store, you can use a 20% off coupon (in the mail - if you don't have one, your neighbors probably do). Online, it's currently $30.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On August 20, 2009 at 07:21 PM, Michael Chu said...
In light of all the positive comments, I'm willing to give the Kapoosh another try. How did you solve the problem of blades not going in all the way?


Well, its been a year. What do you think about the Kapoosh?

Mike
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Michael Chu



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:
On August 20, 2009 at 07:21 PM, Michael Chu said...
In light of all the positive comments, I'm willing to give the Kapoosh another try. How did you solve the problem of blades not going in all the way?


Well, its been a year. What do you think about the Kapoosh?

Mike

It has been a year, hasn't it. Guess I need to pick one up the next time I go to Bed Bath & Beyond!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:15 pm    Post subject: a big thank you Reply with quote

I was all set to purchase this knife block. Your review is so thorough it saved me from making yet another mistake buying a kitchen gadget that seems ideal but isn't.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:36 pm    Post subject: Great Affordable Option for Custom Knife Set Reply with quote

Well, I was hesitant to buy this after the review... but I love mine! I really wanted to have a separate block for my good knives that did not quite fit in my old wood block. It is especially convenient when you are a renter and unable to drill holes into the walls, otherwise I would prefer a magnetic rack to free up counter space. A custom block is not in my budget.
Extra long or large knives, such as a cleaver, are not going to fit very well, but my 8'' chef, paring knife, 5'' santoku, and a bread knife are doing just fine together. Not all knives fit into it 'to the hilt,' but very little of the sharp edge is exposed, so it is still safe and better for the knife than an ill-fitting wood block. I cannot fit much else in there, though it is an option to modify and snip out some rods to accommodate more. I have not had any plastic bits on my knives either. And no, I would never want to clean this! So, I never store my kitchen tools until they are completely clean and dry. That being said, I would be careful not to store this near a stove top where grease could settle on it, nor a sink with water splatter.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: kapoosh 650 Reply with quote

I bought the 650 as soon as I saw it in Bed, Bath and beyond. I have used it and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the wood split (on all four sides) and I was unable to use the knife stand. My husband found a plastic square container and fit the guts of the knife holder into it and now I am using the kapoosh again. My grandchildren colored the plastic contained and it is an asset to my kitchen. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:09 am    Post subject: everyone has opinions...& bashes ...WITHOUT READING!!! Reply with quote

I am a proud owner of a Kapoosh... & 2 other knife blocks. FIRST=the wooden knife blocks need to have the blades facing UP as not to dull them with the wood..(in-&-out) & absolutely YES ceramic knives can get dull as well as the steel ones. Being a masterchef/headchef @ Showboat casino, magnetic holder are NOT what you want for knife safety/cleanliness/sharpness...IN A HOUSE....plus you can skewer the background wall (if you arent careful setting or removing them...let alone dropping them behind equipment or cutting yourself) NOW...SECONDLY= I am NOT recommending the Kapoosh FOR COMMERCIAL USE...this is a given. BUT, in the real world of your home, it is GREAT!! Yes you can put all different knives & cutlery...etc,etc in it...BUT the main thing is...everyone has great knives that are "sacred" to them...from family loved ones no longer here, or handed down, or even recently bought & cant live without. The PROBLEM is ..they arent part of a set. If you want a safe, clean, easy, readily available, simple storage solution...without getting bamboo splinters or the actual skewers jabbed into their fingers...or like one previous comment..."just get some kid from in a woodshop class to make you a knife block"... (anyone know one or can get any kid to do something that they were asked???).... yea... in the REAL world....the Kapoosh will handle all your REAL good knives (not just the sample plastic ones as stated earlier)... I even have 2 prong forks in it & no issues. Also if you happen to have a knife that is supposedly "too long" for the Kapoosh...do you REALLY wanna hang it out in the open, on a magnet full blade exposed...to grab (Oh thats right you sheath every knife before you put it up so it will be safe & clean for the next use!!) No... just put it in the Kapoosh plastic pegs & be happy... it may stick up an inch or maybe even 2... but it is mostly "guarded" ...which is what you want in the kitchen ...right simplistic convenience & safety.... Now that I am done venting as a chef...& I can say I have seen my share of knife droppage by others as well as myself ...by not paying attention or being in a rush ...while using magnetic holders at work (counter space is a premium at work) ..so we have an area AWAY from the food prep immediate area...over a large solid cutting/chopping block for knives. The knives get washed repeatedly daily & the older good steel knives get "touched up" too.... but never put away without washing them or drying them... that is a must. Even before any knives get used they get rinsed clean & dried (which is what any sane person should do with their knives & food) [You'd hope a surgeon uses clean & sterile things for surgery right?..or does he just cut something & throw the knife/scalpel back on the surgery tool cart for next time???]. If you made the comment about or thought that the Kapoosh holds "junk" inside & is dirty or full of bacteria....I would LOVE to see what you do with your knives & how you use them. The Kapoosh is safe & sanitary ....make sure you wash & dry ANY knife after ANY usage prior to storage. If you dont ... I dont want you working in my kitchen. As far as washing the Kapoosh..... twice.... I have washed it 2x's in the dishwasher.....WITH NO ISSUES.. it dried just fine..after a few hours [7] (upside down, tap the rods a few times then slightly spread the plastic rods on a clean towel or cutting block...DO NOT let it go through the drying cycle in the dishwasher.. it will take longer to dry) & thats it.... no bacteria grow where there are clean knives & no moisture...PLUS no air circulation needed. As far as the rice thing....ask any chinese restaurant... the only thing that goes in rice is pencils for ordering & vegetables, etc, while cooking... knives are NOT put into rice at their places... Enough rambling (too long already) & bashing... Kapoosh = get it...!!!! You wont be sorry!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: kapush is kapoot Reply with quote

I bought the Kapoosh with high hopes but I found the same problems the original poster did. Knives don't all fit, knives don't go all the way down, pieces of plastic get sliced off by my sharp knives and come back up with the knives (also leaving half-length rods in the box so that while it LOOKS like it's not totally jammed full at the top it really is at the bottom). I thought about removing some of the rods with needle-nosed pliers to make it looser-packed but couldn't get the darned thing out of the wooden holder no matter what I tried. This will be the first item in my next garage sale. Am thinking of the Messermeister quarter round magnetic knife block, does anyone have any experience with that? I have limited counter space, limited wall space, and Plan D after the magnetic knife block is a do-it-yourself system in my knife drawer using wine-bottle corks.
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