A collection of end grain styled cutting boards in various species.
The surface of an end-grain cutting board resembles the end of a 2 x 4. That’s where it gets the name “end grain.” A board like this is composed of many short pieces of hardwood. These pieces are arranged vertically and grafted together, side-by-side. Together, the ends of all of the pieces make up the cutting surface.
An end-grain cutting board has the benefits of being both attractive and easy on your knives. This cutting board construction creates a distinctive looking checkerboard pattern. An end-grain board also has a very fibrous cutting surface, so a knife’s edge is likely to sink into the wood fibers while you are cutting. This type of board also doesn’t show scratches as easily.