Your knives are probably your most-reached-for cooking tool, so it follows that you should store them within arm’s length of where you do most of your cutting. In an ideal world, your knife storage system would also 1) be unobtrusive, 2) let you see which knife you’re grabbing without having to memorize its handle, 3) hold the blades in place so they don’t harm you or each other, and 4) be easy to clean, not only outside but also inside, where the blades are.
None of the most common ways to store knives does the job perfectly. Knife blocks hog counter space, hide the blades, and are impossible to clean. Magnetic strips can be unsafe if the knife is knocked (restaurant-supply stores often carry stronger magnetic strips). Knife drawers are inconvenient when your hands are slick or covered with flour.
The ideas presented here aren’t without drawbacks either, but they open up more options and might spark an idea for your kitchen.