Dave is king of the kitchen in our house so I’m handing this review over to him:
I’m quite into cooking. That’s a good thing as I do all the cooking in our house, so if I didn’t enjoy it doing it would be a form of torture. Anyway, as I’m into cooking I’ve got some good knives. They make a big difference to all your prep work and generally speed things up. When you’ve got knives you’ve got to keep them somewhere. We keep our knives in the cutlery drawer (revolutionary I know). We’ve got a drawer divider and keep them in a section to themselves. Not just thrown in with everything else for obvious reasons.
This hasn’t really been much of an issue for the past 6 years as the kids have either been too small to reach the cutlery drawer or haven’t been able to defeat the child locks we’ve had fitted for as long as Ben has been able to run around.
Ben has been able to open the child locks for a while now (although he only does it with permission), and Chloe has been watching him intently so she can do it too. Our defences are slowly crumbling! As such, having the very sharp knives in a drawer where the kids regularly reach into probably isn’t the best idea. Even though we tell them not to touch the knives as they are very sharp. That brings us onto knife blocks. We haven’t had one for years but when Colette was offered a ‘child proof’ knife block to review I was very interested.
The Joseph Joseph LockBlock knife block is designed to foil the curious mind of children with curious fingers. And to keep those fingers attached to their curious hands. It’s available either with or without knives. It’s got 6 slots for knives of differing sizes. They are standard sizes so should accept any standard sized knives. I’ve got an 8″ chef’s knife, 6″ utility knife, 3″ peeling knife and a bread knife. All fitted into the block without hassle.
However, our block came with knives. Which is nice. The knives have a slim coloured band between the handle and blade which corresponds with a slot in the block that has the same colour to make it easy to find the right slot. They look very nice, have a pleasant weight to them and feel good quality. They’re also wickedly sharp. I stuck the tip of one of them into one of our chopping boards by accident without any force. Watch your digits.
The Joseph Joseph LockBlock has a one way locking mechanism that allows the knives to slide into the block without any force but won’t release the knives unless you use the unlocking mechanism. There are two green handles. One halfway up each side of the knife block, that when pulled allows the knives to be slid out with no force required. This does mean that removing a knife is now a two handed job, but you can’t have everything now can you.
If you don’t use the release handle you can physically pick up the whole block by the handle of one knife and swing it around your head if you so wish! Not that I recommend this you understand. You can if you want though. The box the block comes in states that in testing 95% of under 5’s couldn’t beat the block and get a knife out. As I’m a scientific sort of bloke I devised a test. Ben is 5 3/4 and Chloe is 3 3/4. I sat them both down independently in front of the knife block and asked them to remove a knife if they could. I reminded them that if they succeeded they would be holding a very sharp knife so they had to be careful. I gave them 1 minute to try.
Chloe tried for about 20 seconds before saying she couldn’t do it which is a win for the block. Ben unfortunately has fewer fingers now than he had before so it’s fair to say I’m in the dog house with the wife! Not really! Ben tried for the full minute and even with me giving him a few clues couldn’t remove a knife so that’s another win for the block. The Joseph Joseph LockBlock is undefeated for those keeping count.
Amy is 17 months old, so she didn’t really understand when I tried to explain the test to her. She just pushed the block over and sat on it for the minute. She didn’t remove a knife though so that’s another win for the LockBlock. 3 for 3. Although I’m not sure of the validity of the third test. (He’s joking! Amy hasn’t been anywhere near the knife block!!)
So, I really like the LockBlock and the Joseph Joseph knives in it. It does what it says it does and it looks reasonably nice too which is a bonus as it’s going to be sitting out on your counter top for a long time. As the kitchen is mine, that means my word is law and we’re keeping it.
So there you go -the Joseph Joseph LockBlock isn’t going anywhere – and neither are the kids fingers!
*Disclaimer – We were sent the Joseph Joseph LockBlock free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*