That's such a funny way of keeping your knives in the kitchen, I couldn't resist and got it. X-)
Not only does "The Ex" act as a stand, but it comes with 5 knives as well. It includes a 8" Chef Knife, 8" Bread Knife, 8" Carver, 5" Utility Knife, and a 3.5" Parer.
The knives themselves seem nice enough, stainless steel, one piece construction and the grip is comfortable. However, who cares about the knives when you have a stand like that. ;-)
The Ex has slots all around the body for you to slide your knives into for safe keeping. What you can't see in the pictures is that the slots are magnetic on the top, so that it holds the shape edge away from the bottom. It actually sticks to the top of the slot, so you don't dull your blades. There's also protective plastic sheathes in the back so that you don't accidentally cut yourself or stab anything that's behind the holder. The sheathes are open on the bottom so any water from washing the knives can drip away from the blades.
Oh, since I already have a very nice Zwilling/Henckels chef's knife I've put that in the stand instead of the one that comes with it. That knife costs as much as the whole set! X-D It's German made and "ice hardened" for whatever that does. :) So the stand will work with other knives if you have a favorite already.
All and all an ingenious device for storing your knives! X-D
I do have some very minor gripes about The Ex though.
For one, it's not quite heavy enough in the base. Since you have to overcome the pull of the magnets when taking out a knife, The Ex tends to lean towards you when you are withdrawing a knife. You can hold the base down with your other hand of course, but it makes one handed operation dangerous. Since the base is hollow, I can add weights myself, which should fix the problem.
One omission (I think) is that it doesn't include a blade sharpener nor a hole to accommodate one. I think that's also fixable. There's an open spot near it's right shoulder. I think I can take a power drill to it to make a hole so that I can also store my blade sharpener there. X-D But that will come later. I don't quite feel right about taking a power drill to something I just bought. :D
Note: Just in case you were wondering, no, I do not have a grudge at a "ex" or anyone else for that matter, I don't see this as a voodoo doll or anything, just a very creative way to store my knives and a lovely kitchen piece. :D
Links to purchase: ThinkGeek ($69.00 in Red or Black), Amazon ($59.99 Red only)