Originally Posted by foodpump
-Knives are NOT in pockets, no slicing of fingers removing them from pockets or slicing of case during transport.
-The whole thing is plastic, and can be unceremoniously dumped into the dishwasher to clean. With any fabric case, it collects stains, spills, crumbs, and "crud" which is hard to clean If you observe those with a fabric case, it gets dirty fast, like within a week. Oh, and stinky too.
I've never cut myself taking out my knives or seen anyone else do so. - Not to say it couldn't possibly happen, I just think the possibility is kind of far fetched. To cut yourself you'd have to be seriously not paying attention as the edge is covered until you take it out of the case, so if you did cut yourself either the case wouldn't really have anything to do with it, or you'd have to be using the case wrong - again not the cases fault.
A case could get cut, but it would have to be made of cheap material, or once again being used wrong.
And as far as the case getting dirty, it only gets dirty if you put it somewhere that it will. My case is for transporting my knives to the work site, I normally don't put it on top of a work surface or leave it lying around. Usually I'll put it out of the way on a shelf, under a table, or in a drawer (at one kitchen I put it in a locker). I take out what I need and put the case back.
And over the years my case has been through dish sanitizers, and the clothes washer, though usually if by odd chance any gunk gets on it I just clean it off in the sink. (I've only machine washed it a handful of times and I've had it for very many years).
Your plastic case sounds like a good idea, but how protected are your knives from sliding around and dulling the edges or getting banged into each other? Plus grabbing a knife out of a case where it's edge isn't covered sounds like it could get painful if you get distracted.