Edge Grain versus End Grain Cutting Boards

As you can imagine, this is probably the single most asked question when it comes to purchasing a cutting board.  So here is a simple explaination, with examples pictures, explaining the differences between the types of cutting boards we sell.

Edge Grain Cutting Boards

These cutting boards are made from strips of hard wood, Hard maple, walnut, cherry or a combination of all three. The strips are oriented side-by-side and glued together. Because of this type of construction, the cutting surface of this type of board consists of only the edge of each strip of wood.

A good reason to select a board with edge-grain construction is to see the beautiful grain pattern on the cutting surface. The downside, of an edge-grain cutting board, after long service, it can show cuts and scratches more clearly than an end-grain cutting board. 

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End Grain Cutting Boards

A board like this is composed of many short pieces of hard wood. These pieces are arranged vertically and glued together, side-by-side. Together, the end grain of all of the individual pieces make up the cutting surface. An end-grain cutting board has the benefits of being both attractive and gentle on your kitchen knives. This type of cutting board construction creates a artistic looking pattern. A end-grain cutting board doesn’t show scratches as easily as an edge grain board.

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Edge Grain Walnut

End Grain Walnut

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