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#6213248 - 02/23/12 06:05 PM cutting boards for good knives
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I am looking at getting a good board and not sure what to look for? Some say to look for end grain boards. what about bamboo?

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#6213300 - 02/23/12 06:17 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Lorin]
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Good question. I use a couple different plastic ones and a old wooden one. Lucky I'm still alive..............

It'll be interesting to see what some of the guys have to say.

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#6213595 - 02/23/12 07:28 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Lawdwaz]
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If, you are using higher end Japanese style knives (performance geared; thinner geometries & higher hardness), end grain wood boards are the ticket.

Poly, glass ( shocked ), bamboo, etc., and to a lesser degree edge grain boards are tough on these types of knives... chipping damage, prematurely dulling of your edges, etc.

David's stuff is stellar.
http://www.theboardsmith.com/

The type of wood (hardness) is also a factor, see Janka scale:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test

Wood block size, layout, and type of glue used will also contribute to board quality and knife edge retention.

Sani-tuff, a rubber commercial grade (dishwasher safe) maker of cutting platforms is also a decent option. You will be restricted on size, unless you can cut to fit...

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#6213705 - 02/23/12 08:03 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: add]
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Oh crap, one of those boards is just one more thing I just have to have.


Am I the only one that gives the wife the stink eye when catching her cutting against plates?

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#6214040 - 02/23/12 10:14 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Boise]
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Originally Posted By: Boise



Am I the only one that gives the wife the stink eye when catching her cutting against plates?


No!!!!!

whistle

Even though I have wood boards.

Von Gruff.
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#6214261 - 02/24/12 03:52 AM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: VonGruff]
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I like a good thick Boos Vermont Maple board


for quick work though, I often use a 'flexible' plastic one.
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#6214418 - 02/24/12 05:21 AM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Mannlicher]
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I have a maple dish washer top that works pretty good, and a large piece of unknown wood I inherited from my father that is full of bug holes, but works really well.
I also use a piece of the plastic they use in offices under rolling chairs that if the easiest to clean up, but kinda hard on the blade edge.
Mostly though, I try to cut only the meat and not the board.

Rick---not sure what the "stink eye" is, but sounds interesting.
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#6214755 - 02/24/12 07:04 AM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: michiganroadkill]
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Wow, looks as though I asked in the right place. The Boos boards are quite reasonable. Many thanks. Lorin.

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#6216591 - 02/24/12 02:53 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Lorin]
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Arn't wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks prime breeding ground for bacteria?

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#6217487 - 02/24/12 06:39 PM Re: cutting boards for good knives [Re: Lorin]
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Originally Posted By: Lorin
Wow, looks as though I asked in the right place. The Boos boards are quite reasonable. Many thanks. Lorin.


Boos tend to use smaller end-grain pieces/parts and as such will be more prone to separation, cracking, etc.

More joints = more susceptibility to weakness (glue failure, strength, etc... due to more surface area of adjoining components).

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