A rack that pulls down from cabinets is a good place to store knives. This type of rack pulls down from the upper cabinet, a location that keeps knives where they are handy for a cook but beyond the reach of young children.
Would look really cool with really old recipe books in a farmhouse kitchen. DIY knife block - I just glued together the covers of some interesting books i found at the thrift store and secured them with twine. the tight pages of the books hold the knives