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Schmidt Brothers Cutlery, SCIMB01, City Block, Wood Magnetic Block with Add-On Design

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  • Universal knife slots
  • Magnetized slots and sides
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  • Kick stand feature
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Product Description

Color:Magnetic  |  Style Name:City Block

The space saving City Block can hold up to eight of your finest knives, and with magnetized sides, you can attach a second block and vertically stack it to maximize your counter space. The block features 6 universal knife slots, and a kick stand feature.


Product Details

Color: Magnetic | Style Name: City Block
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 3.5 x 3.6 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00683IO6K
  • Item model number: SCIMB01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,082 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K2B on July 5, 2013
Style Name: DowntownColor: Metal
This is the coolest-looking knife block / display I have ever seen. I love it. I think it looks so awesome in my kitchen. It works great. Magnets are definitely plenty strong. I think they may have recently changed their shipping process due to all the cracked plexiglass people have been complaining about, because ours arrived with a little note saying the corner screws in the plexiglass were not all the way screwed in yet, to prevent cracking. So we simply used a coin to tighten them and it's been perfect ever since.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zedeff on March 8, 2014
Style Name: DowntownColor: Metal Verified Purchase
I had to review this product because the other review in my opinion are not giving an accurate representation of it. I suspect that at some point this product was updated; the older reviews seem poor and the newer reviews are all 5 star.

First common complain: broken plexiglass. My unit arrived after international shipping with both plexiglass sheets in perfect condition. No cracks, no chips, no concerns. It is very well packaged surrounded by a few inches of dense foam inside a cardboard box, then inside Amazon's box. If other people received units with broken glass I suspect that it's because older versions had different packaging, mine seemed bomb proof.

Second common complaint: weak magnets. Give me a break. I have a Henckels Four Star Friodur meat cleaver that weighs 1 pound. It holds on the magnets with convincing integrity. I also have a Forschner flexible boning knife that must weigh less than an ounce. It holds securely and satisfyingly. Heavy knives and light knives alike do great on this block.

Great looking, functional, and safe product (compared to "open" magnets without a cover) that won't harm your blades (compared to exposed magnet or metal blocks). Would buy again and recommend without hesitation.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Gilliam on June 14, 2012
Style Name: City BlockColor: Magnetic Verified Purchase
I have a small collection of Japanese gyutos and American chef knives and was looking for storage to supplement my large knife block and thought the City Block looked like a good option. So, I bought two of them.
I was immediately disappointed in the quality. The City Block has a very thin oak veneer that is poorly laminated on what appears to be hard maple. The oak veneer was chipped, cracked, and peeling apart in multiple places on both blocks. Why use the oak veneer anyway? The maker could've used hard maple or oak, both cost about the same, no need to cover up attractive maple with poor-quality oak veneer.
I have chef knives of all sizes and the blocks were too small for my 270mm gyutos and my 10" chef knives, enough said, it didn't work.
If the City Block's flaws were corrected, made large enough to accommodate large chef knives, and, made with either solid oak or solid maple, I'd buy it. For now, it's a nice idea that was poorly executed.
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Style Name: DowntownColor: Metal
This review pertains to the “Downtown” model (since this specific Amazon listing sells multiple different Schmidt Brothers blocks.)

This is one of the kitchen products that I was most excited about purchasing in years. Unfortunately, when I received the product it also became the biggest disappointment in years. I purchased this product from an outside vendor as it was significantly cheaper than here, but even at the lower price I paid I think it was way too much money for a product of this level of (lackluster) quality.

The cosmetic look of the Downtown models in pictures is stunning and the overall design principles are creative & unique. It is eye-catching and arguably one of the best-looking knife blocks around, until you use it some. I agree with other Reviewers who feel that this block uses a poorly-executed veneer with a low-quality acrylic that scratches (and cracks) easily, and that the block struggles with holding larger knives and holding knives in a consistently accessible position. Knives like a 270mm gyuto, 10 inch slicer, or a very heavy cleaver not only have fitment issues due to the low height, but also because the magnet struggles to hold these securely.

In no time, the veneer started chipping/separating and the acrylic scratched up like crazy. At that point, I was left with a knife block that looked terrible and functioned about the same as it looked, so it was time to try something else.

What frustrates me most here is how much potential this product has. Even the most basic of product testing would have quickly shown that the design of the Downtown has some major functional flaws that limits both the functionality and longevity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alec on February 24, 2013
Style Name: City BlockColor: Magnetic Verified Purchase
Looks okay and functional but the wood veneer started to delaminate within months. A hardwood block is a better purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on May 10, 2013
Style Name: UrbanColor: Acrylic Verified Purchase
We wanted to ditch the old wooden block and had tried a cork box draw version for our knives, but we missed the convenience of something on the counter. We hated the plastic block versions and did not want to drill into the back splash, so when I saw the magnetic standalone style I was all over it. I reviewed a lot of feedback for these styles and liked what I saw in this model. The magnets are just strong enough for our Henckels knives; they snap in place and come off easily. Both sides can be used so we have our steak knife set on it too. It looks lovely on our small modern counter - I'm so pleased I found this!
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