As much as I love my maple-wood cutting board, it’s a bit too cumbersome to use in my kitchen. I definitely overestimated its size and weight for home use. It doesn’t fit in the sink for easy washing and is one hefty beast. It led me back down the road in search of another cutting board, but I didn’t’ feel like spending too much on one. I had the following criteria in mind:
- Wooden and not made of bamboo
- Under $30
- Not ugly
I shopped around the local kitchen appliance stores for a bit and only one board fit all three of the criteria. That board is the architec Specialty Gripperwood.
The online reviews for the cutting board are mixed at best, so I was on the fence with the purchase. I found it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond where there were lots of them in stock.
The board is quite aesthetically pleasing. I knew it would look great on the kitchen counter. As nice as the boards looked, I went through the stack to look for one that was well- constructed. I quickly realized that the quality of construction wasn’t too consistent from board to board. It took me a few minutes to find one with a completely smooth surface. The cutting board is made from three fused pieces of Sheesham wood, also known as Indian Rosewood. At the areas where the pieces are fused together, a number of boards had uneven seams.
On the plus side, the boards have rubber grips on the bottom and are surprisingly light for their size.
It’s been two months since I’ve purchased the cutting board. I refrained from reviewing it until I had a chance to spend some quality time with it. Well, I have not used my maple cutting board since, so that’s a good sign. The gripper feet do a great job of keeping the board in place. While light in weight, the wood is strong and has endured quite a beating, especially when I tenderized and flattened meat on it with a metal mallet nonstop for about 45 minutes. Granted I had a plastic cutting sheet between the board and the meat, I wasn’t holding back my strength.
Before I used it, I treated the board with Boos Block Board Cream and left it on overnight. The next morning, not much of the cream was absorbed, which told me the cutting board was already well treated. I didn’t have to apply the cream on it again until a month later, and that was after daily use.
As with how the cutting board affected the blade edge of my knives, it doesn’t seem to dull the blade edges too quickly. I don’t have to sharpen my knives yet.
It’s a great purchase (especially with the Bed, Bath, and Beyond 20% off coupon), but make sure to go to the store to pick one out to ensure you get a uniform piece.
Still looks great after two months of use, treating it with block cream or mineral oil will help it stay in good shape.
The underside of the board.