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END GRAIN CUTTING BOARDS
MADE IN DALLAS, FOR DALLAS

Cutting Boards to Last a Lifetime

What is and End Grain Cutting Board?

End grain cutting boards are made in North Dallas by American craftsmen.  Stag’s End makes their end grain cutting boards by cutting American wood into long boards. These two(2) inch thick boards are then planed until they are square on all sides. The long boards are now cut into small rectangular blocks. The blocks are then arranged so the end grain of the wood is facing what will become the top of the cutting board. By using the end grain of the board, the finished cutting board will have all the rings of the wood clearly visible on its surface. Since the cutting board is constructed from end grain blocks of wood, it will have a dense surface and be able to withstand the edge of a knife.

End Grain Cutting Boards are often slightly more expensive than an edge grain cutting board because they 1) require more wood in the production process and 2) they require significantly more time to cut and construct the end grain cutting board. The finished end grain cutting board is usually one and a half inches thick and much heavier and sturdier. An end grain cutting board may require a little more board maintenance over the life of the board as an end grain cutting board must be waxed on a regular basis.

Many people choose to purchase an end grain cutting board simply because it is the best for cutting meat and will usually last longer than any other type of cutting board. End grain cutting boards, while not as colorful as an edge grain cutting board, can have very striking and rich grain patterns. At Stag’s End, every end grain cutting board is inspected at every step of production to ensure it is the highest quality board and meets Brian’s (the owner) highest standards.

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Which is Better, an End Grain Cutting Board or an Edge Grain?


An end grain cutting board offers distinct advantages. Its vertical wood fibers create a forgiving surface that is exceptionally gentle on knives. The fibers absorb the impact of the blade, preserving the sharpness and longevity of your knives. This knife friendliness helps maintain precise cuts and reduces the need for frequent knife sharpening.

Additionally, the end grain construction provides a self healing property. As the knife blade cuts into the board, the wood fibers separate and then close back together, minimizing visible knife marks and maintaining the board’s integrity. This natural self repair mechanism ensures a longer lifespan for the cutting board.

On the other hand, an edge grain cutting board also has its merits. It offers a durable and stable surface for cutting, suitable for everyday use. Edge grain boards are often more affordable and easier to produce than end grain boards, making them a practical choice for those on a budget.

Ultimately, the choice between an end grain and an edge grain cutting boards depends on your priorities and preferences. If preserving the sharpness of your knives and having a forgiving cutting surface are your primary concerns, an end grain cutting board is the better option. However, if durability, affordability, and practicality are your main considerations, an edge grain cutting board may be more suitable.

Both types have their advantages and can serve well in the kitchen. It’s essential to weigh the pros and cons and consider your specific needs and preferences to determine which type of cutting board is better for you.

What are the Advantages of an End Grain Cutting Board?

End grain cutting boards offer several advantages that make them highly desirable in the kitchen. Their unique construction with the wood fibers facing upward provides exceptional knife friendliness. The fibers absorb the impact of the blade, preserving the sharpness of knives and reducing wear and tear. Secondly, the end grain orientation offers a self healing property. The wood fibers separate when cut and then close back together, minimizing visible knife marks and maintaining the board’s integrity. This ensures a longer lifespan for the cutting board. Additionally, end grain cutting boards are highly durable, with the wood fibers able to withstand heavy chopping and slicing. Their distinctive checkerboard pattern and natural beauty make them visually appealing, adding a touch of elegance to the kitchen.

One of the primary advantages to purchasing an end grain cutting board is the durability. End grain cutting boards are thicker and heavier. They are designed to last decades with proper care. The end grain wood is very friendly to your knives and will allow them to stay sharper, longer. The exposed grain patterns in an end grain cutting board can be quite beautiful and are often left on display in a Dallas kitchen as opposed to being stored in a cabinet.

Most home chefs select an End Grain cutting board simply because they was a traditional cutting board that not only has a great wood grain look but also is a board considered the highest quality that will last for years to come.

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