Received as a gift several years ago. My knives have never "rusted" as I clean and dry them prior to putting them into the block. I also see no need to pull the tines out and wash if you only put clean knives into the block. Block appears as nice today as the day I received it.
We love this knife block - we have a "collection" of favorite knives in our kitchen, and no standard block would accommodate them all.
We bought this knife block at our local Target about 18 months ago, and we love it! Highly recommend.
We had this for about 1 year. We loved the fact that the description states that the insert is removable and can be washed. We found that if it is removed it can't be reinserted. The bristles don't realign and won't fit. We tried for so long that the block eventually broke. Now we have nothing.