A cutlery canteen is a holder for silverware. It not only helps keep quality cutlery in good condition, but can also provide an attractive showplace for the cutlery to be displayed. Cutlery canteens come in a variety of looks and finishes and often can come as part of the purchase of a full set of cutlery. They can hold a simple set of knives, a group of steak and specialty knives, or even a full cutlery set.
Some canteens allow the separate pieces of silverware to come in contact with one another, while others have separate holders for each piece. Those holders that allow the silverware to touch should come with a lining to keep the cutlery in good condition while it is being stored. A canteen with separate holders is a wiser choice for higher quality cutlery.
Some holders made specifically for knives consist of wood blocks that house each knife separately. A slot is created to meet the specifications of each knife in a set. Most cutlery manufacturers will offer a cutlery canteen along with their selection of knives. Often, the canteen will contain a spot for a knife sharpener along with a place to house a pair of kitchen shears.
Another type of cutlery canteen is the velvet-lined storage box. This type is most often used for the storage of sterling silverware. The most popular finish for the cutlery storage box is mahogany. Storage boxes are not often made to house only certain types or brands of cutlery. They are, however, more specifically crafted for the number of pieces to be stored within them. This type of cutlery canteen is not often used as a display piece, but more so as an organizer, which is often stored away unless pieces are being retrieved from it for use.
Cutlery canteens are storage systems designed for the convenience and organization of the cook as well as for preserving the cutlery. They range in price dependent upon what materials they are crafted from and how much silverware they are intended to house. Often, the best choice of canteen is the one that was manufactured by the company that created the cutlery intended to be stored within it. These storage containers aid in helping cutlery last for years to come.