I don't like a lot of things on the counter so haven't used a knife block in years. Instead I have a drawer that I call the "sharpies" drawer. It has all the knives, microplanes, can opener, corkscrew, anything that could poke us. The drawer is lined with that rubbing liner stuff so things pretty much stay in one place. If I do say so myself :), I think this is a pretty good idea. Much safer than reaching in and slicing fingers on something. Just an fyi.