MAG-BLOK Magnetic Knife Holder
Well, I received my MAG-BLOK today from the good folks at Benchcrafted. Shipping was super fast and the block was securely packaged in a heavy roll of bubble wrap and then inside a plastic tube. No way your MAG-BLOK is getting damaged in shipping bar some catastrophic event.
The BLOK I received is a 18â€?x2â€?x3/4â€? Curly Maple edition. Itâ€™s a light colored wood with a nice pattern to it. When you first pick it up youâ€™re immediately impressed with its weight. While it looks like a block of fine wood its heft indicates that thereâ€™s more here than meets the eye. My wife asked me how they get the magnets inside and I facetiously said they donâ€™t, they just grow magnetic trees. However after examining the block for seams Iâ€™m starting to wonder if that might not be true! The BLOK is extremely well finished and, at least on my sample, it isnâ€™t obvious at all how the magnets are installed. My brother-in-law eventually found one but it took him a while in good lighting. The BLOK comes complete with a set of brass mounting screws.
The next thing to do obviously was to stick things to the MAG-BLOK. I tried a small steel 6â€? ruler that I use around my desk and it jumped at the BLOK and clung to it like Spiderman. If you put it near the BLOK in any position other than completely vertical the magnet grabbed the ruler and snapped it horizontally along the full length of the BLOK. It seems to want as much metal on magnet contact as it can get. I next tried a couple of folders. First an Alox Victorinox Electrician, which also clung securely to the MAG-BLOK. I didnâ€™t know if the aluminum scales would interfere with how the knife would hold but if it did, I couldnâ€™t tell. I then tried a Kershaw Scallion with polymer scales and it too stuck to the BLOK like it was glued there. Just out of curiosity I tried shaking the BLOK to see if I could dislodge the ruler or either of the 2 knives. The ruler wouldnâ€™t budge at all. Neither would the Kershaw. The Alox Electrician would eventually pop free but only if it was at the far end of the block when I was shaking it and only with considerable effort. Trust me, if you put a knife or tool on your block while its attached to you cabinet, walls or workbench, it isnâ€™t going anywhere until you want it to!
It takes some effort to remove a knife once itâ€™s on the MAG-BLOK. Itâ€™s not hard to do per se, but you definitely can tell that itâ€™s being held there. An oddly interesting side effect of the magnet was that I could open folding knives as I drew them off the BLOK. If you attached your folder to the BLOK with the blade spine down you could pull away the handle and the blade would remain in place until fully deployed, at which point you had enough leverage to pull the knife free. I guess this could be a downside too if you grabbed it in a hurry and werenâ€™t paying attention but I really doubt its much of an issue for concern. On the other hand, knowing you can open a safely stored folder that way might be handy around a workshop if your other hand is otherwise occupied on a project.
Using the MAG-BLOK with fixed blades was a no brainer. A Kydex sheath appears to create too much resistance to attach a largish tactical knife sheathed, but the same knife out of the sheath (a ÂĽâ€? thick, full tang 6â€? bladed knife) held with no problems whatsoever. Considering that these are designed to hold large cleaverâ€™s and chefâ€™s knives most hunting and utility knives shouldnâ€™t present much of a challenge for them.
Aside from the obvious usage of a MAG-BLOK in the kitchen, these would be a great way to display a knife collection in a den or area where you don't have to worry about kids. Especially for folding knives. Having them on the wall is a really neat way to display them both for you to look at on a day-to-day basis and for your buddies to see when they come to visit. Same for fixed blades as well. I could easily envision a bank of 3 or 4 BLOK's on the wall displaying a great collection. It would be an unusual and classy way to show your price and joy, and is notable different from a glass cabinet or case. Obviously your blades arenâ€™t going to be locked up displaying them this way so thatâ€™s something you may have to take into consideration but, if it works for you, this is a pretty slick system.
The BLOKâ€™s also have some real potential for use in keeping your EDC gear out of the way. Itâ€™s a great place to slap that EDC folder, car keys, and Space Pen at the end of the day when you come home from work. Youâ€™ll always know where your stuff is at if itâ€™s stuck to the wall in the kitchen, den or even right beside the front door when you go to leave!
Iâ€™m very happy to have had a chance to check out the Benchcrafted MAG-BLOK and I can see a couple more of them in my future for use in my den and down in my workshop too!