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We all have kitchen knives in our homes and they are used on a regular basis. That’s what makes knife protectors so important. While many of us keep them inside of a utensil drawer, that is simply not enough protection. By doing this, you are placing yourself at risk of serious cuts and allowing your knives to become dull and damaged much quicker.

That said, there’s no need to go out and purchase an expensive knife storage block or protector. There’s a simple DIY knife protector that you can make in a matter of minutes.

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All you’ll need to get started is a ruler, stapler, scissors, pen, and a manila folder.

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, take your knife and place it along the manila folder’s crease. Grab your ruler and pen and make a mark roughly a half-inch above the knife. A mark should also be made a half-inch below the knife’s spine. Take the marks and cut the folder into a nice rectangle. Use the stapler on the top of the folder and along the open edge, leaving one-inch intervals between each staple.

The bottom must be left open to slide the knife in. If the knife handle is too bulky to fully cover the blade, use your scissors to snip a slit into the paper. This lets you slide the blade in as far as necessary.