My old knife block was given to me as a gift many years ago when blocks had vertical knife slots which dull the knives as they're removed and replaced. It was time to resharpen my knives again and thus time to buy the new knife block that I had been putting of for way too long.
I purchased the 25 slot, non-swivel knife block and couldn't have be happier when it arrived. It's solidly well made, has horizontal slots, and even has a slot to accomodate my cleaver, which my old block didn't have.
At $79 the value is terrific and I highly recommend it for personal use and especially as a gift to a young cook just starting out. It will last more than a lifetime.