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Kapoosh Knife Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy

Kapoosh Knife and Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy

The Kapoosh Knife and Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy is a unique knife block with two caddy compartments held to the side with magnets but the knife block is the unique aspect with no set slots for your knives.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
Convenience/Storage 4/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 4.5/5

kapoosh knife and utensil caddy

ARY Inc. has come out with a unique and inventive way to replace those specific slotted knife blocks to hold your knives without resorting to magnets. A few companies have come out with this type of knife holder that uses what ARY calls Freedom Rods for its Kapoosh knife blocks.

The Freedom Rods are hundreds of plastic rods that are glued together in a square to create a nest that holds your knives in the block. The Freedom Rods create a stack of rods that are as tall as the block or in the case of the Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy block about 8.25 inches.

The Knife Block and side compartments are made from Bamboo that has been glued together in a nice pattern and has some kind of protective coating on it for water proofing. The entire Kapoosh Caddy is great looking and makes a great addition to my kitchen as well as being very hand for storing knives and utensils.

pieces of the knife and utensil caddy

The Kapoosh Knife and Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy that I received for review is model 675 and has the two side compartments for holding various utensils. The block part of the Kitchen Caddy has a 4.5 inch square area for the knife block and the two side compartments that are almost half circles about 4.5 inches across.

The side compartments are easily removable from the main block using three magnets and steel discs to keep the compartments on the block but you can remove them and use them on their own. The two side compartments are 5.5 inches tall while the knife block is ten inches tall and can easily hold a knife with blade 8 to 9 inch blade in the Freedom Rods.

The bottom of the Freedom Rods are glued together and the whole block slides into the wooden Kapoosh block but there is a plastic cup under the block. This cup holds the Freedom Rods in the block with three “L” brackets holding the block of Freedom Rods and the cup in place.

front of kapoosh caddy

I typically have a three knife set from Chicago cutlery and a bread knife that my son received from 4-H that is 8.5 inches long in the block along with a few others. The knives all fit easily, I have put 15 knives in the block and it is a bit crowded but ten knives fit easily with plenty of elbow room.

The Kapoosh knife block can hold about ten knives without things being crowded along with some smaller spatulas in one side compartment and a peeler and can opener in the other. The side compartments make a handy place to store odd things like a can opener and the peeler that I use more often than other utensils.

The smaller spatulas make a good utensil for the other compartment as they are too short to store in a utensil holder that has my spatulas, pancake flippers and cooking spoons. The Kapoosh Kitchen Caddy is a great way to hold not only your daily knives along with other utensils and keep them handy.

a sharpening steel even fits

I have been using the Kapoosh Caddy for a month and have not had any of the Freedom Rods cut which is one complaint I found online for the Kapoosh Knife Blocks. A customer had bought one of the Kapoosh Knife blocks and has been cutting the rods quite frequently which I cannot understand how he could be doing this.

The rods are packed tightly enough that they do not move around much and when inserting and removing a knife all you need is gentle pressure. To cut the rods would require either a fast removal or if you pack so many knives into it the rods are not allowed to move at least some.

I really do not have any problems with the Kapoosh Knife and Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy and have enjoyed adding it to my kitchen décor. I highly recommend the Kapoosh Knife and Utensil Holder Kitchen Caddy for a universal knife block and utensil holder that costs about $50.

kapoosh with knives and utensils
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Kuhn Rikon Safari Colori Knife Set

Kuhn Rikon Safari Colori Chef and Nakiri Knife Set

The Kuhn Rikon Safari Colori collection includes a Chef’s and Nakiri Knife Set that makes a great kitchen and serving pair of knives that are both functional and festive with their nonstick blade patterns.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4.5/5
Convenience/Storage 4/5
Appearance/Design 4.5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 4.5/5

kuhn rikon safari colori

The Kuhn Rikon Colori collection of kitchen tools is a colorful but useful assortment of high quality knives and other kitchen gadgets for those wishing to spice up their cooking and dining areas. The Colori collection has a wide variety of kitchen knives and a few other kitchen gadgets in colorful selections instead of the usual shiny steel.

Kuhn Rikon has released the Safari collection with zebra stripes and a cheetah print on the blades of the knives in each set. The cheetah print is a nice three color design with the spots a cheetah uses to camouflage itself in the wild but in the kitchen they make a fun design.

The Kuhn Rikon Safari Colori set I received includes the handy all around 6.5 inch chef knife and a 3.5 inch mini prep knife called a Nakiri knife along with covers for both. The chef’s knife with its 6.5 inch blade is a good all-around kitchen knife useful for general cooking and cutting up for prep work of meals.

using the safari colori for meat cutting

The Nakiri knife is good for cutting smaller items like hunks of cheese or slicing olives as well as vegetables that are smaller. The Nakiri design is based on the Japanese style vegetable knife called nakiri bocho which uses a straight and thin blade.

While the knife design is similar it is not exactly the same as the Japanese blade as it does have an edge that is sharpened on both sides and the edge is not as straight as the Japanese version. The smaller Nakiri knife makes quick work of smaller things like cutting up olives or pickles as well as small vegetables like scallions and even working with sushi.

The Chef’s knife works well for general use like cutting up chicken and vegetables as well as general prep work for cooking meals and entertaining. The knife makes a great looking serving knife for things like breads and quick breads at a table or buffet with its cheetah pattern and simple black handle.

safari colori for prep work

The handles on both knives are black plastic with a control indent at the end where the knife blade and handle meet for a way to grip the knife if it becomes slippery. The blade is covered with the cheetah pattern except for the sharpened edge which aids in food not sticking to the blade.

The Safari Colori blades use a nonstick coating that is the pattern painted on the blades which helps the food not stick to the blade while cutting. The Chef’s knife is the design for being able to cut foods all the way through to your cutting surface without having the fingers get in the way.

The Nakiri knife has the same deign but it does not have a pointed end and it is a smaller knife so the handle may not have enough room for your fingers. The Nakiri design is actually much better when used without your fingers going all the way around the handle for precise control while cutting.

safari nakiri knife

The smaller design allows for better control when cutting smaller foods and the rectangle blade allows for scooping up the cut pieces easier. I have used both knives for food like cheese, chicken, pork, onions, mushrooms, pickles and olives on an almost daily basis for a month.

Both knives work well and are a handy starter set or a great gift for a good set of knives for the kitchen and will keep an edge for a good time. The blades are made from Japanese high carbon steel which keeps an edge a bit better than some other knives I have owned.

Both knives are also easy to sharpen with the right tools, like the Work Sharp Tool Sharpener I recently reviewed which gave both knives back the same edge that they came to me with. The chef’s knife did get a bit dull when I used it on some bones so the knife needed a quick sharpening which was easy with the belt sander type sharpener from Work Sharp.

The knife is as good as new and with an edge that can easily shave the hair off my arm which is how sharp it was when I received them. The covers do a great job of protecting the knives edges if you do not have a knife block to put them in so the covers are handy for storing them in a drawer.

The Safari Colori 2 piece knife set is available from several sites on line for about $30 and I did find a set of three knives in this line on Amazon for about $45. I highly recommend the Kuhn Rikon Safari Colori for a great kitchen knife set for yourself or as a gift that will make a big hit.

Safari Colori @ Kuhn Rikon