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    I've always heard that boards made of richlite (such as Epicurean cutting boards) were tougher on your knives than wood because richlite is a much harder material. Here's a link to a cutting board store that sells richlite boards. They are promoting the material as harder and more scratch resistant than wood. To me, that means it is not as knife edge friendly.

    http://www.cuttingboardcompany.com/b...utting-boards/

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    Quote Originally Posted by laxdad View Post
    I've always heard that boards made of richlite (such as Epicurean cutting boards) were tougher on your knives than wood because richlite is a much harder material. Here's a link to a cutting board store that sells richlite boards. They are promoting the material as harder and more scratch resistant than wood. To me, that means it is not as knife edge friendly.

    http://www.cuttingboardcompany.com/b...utting-boards/
    I wouldn't be surprised, it does feel hard.

    I use it exclusively as a meat board, so it doesn't get too much use.
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    After a second day using the cbr board at work, I can safely say it is a drastic improvement on edge retention. I feel a little embarrassed that I haven't done this sooner. It would have saved me many hours of sharpening over the last number of years. Don't get me wrong, I find sharpening meditative/relaxing but doing it half as often would have been nice. This board feels about as soft as a softer wood like pine with the 'healing' of an end grain. Highly recommended for a pro user. It does feel a little strange dragging into work a 18x24 inch board but it is worth it. I makes perfect sense, the questionnaire includes 'what surface do you use to cut on'. I have always had wood boards at home and took it for granted that I was relegated to using poly at work.

    This might be a little out there but besides the wonderful aesthetics of a nice thick end grain board... I like the feel of this synthetic rubber board better.

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    How heat resistant are these boards ?

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    Glad to hear it's a keeper… how do you find the feedback when cutting? A complaint I've heard about rubber boards in general is that they can "grab" the edge if your technique isn't spot on. Overall everything sounds promising, I just wish shipping to Canada wasn't so expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboynamedsuita View Post
    Glad to hear it's a keeper… how do you find the feedback when cutting? A complaint I've heard about rubber boards in general is that they can "grab" the edge if your technique isn't spot on. Overall everything sounds promising, I just wish shipping to Canada wasn't so expensive.
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    The feel is quite dampened but I haven't experienced any sticking or grabbing. Not sure if this is due to my technique or not. I rarely rock and usually use a fairly light touch which is probably from trying to lessen the abuse of poly boards. I touched up my big Toyama last night and the edge was still shave sharp at the end of a busy day at work today. So far the board isn't showing many or really any cut marks.

    I don't run it through the machine. I just imagine the board becoming a little soft when exposed to 200+ degrees for a couple minutes.

    Cheers and I like the name change!
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    i used mine today (cbr 15x20x.5) and it was not as good as i had hoped. sanituff is much better, but not bad for under $40. the feel is much more dense, not as soft. it is quite stable surface though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    i used mine today (cbr 15x20x.5) and it was not as good as i had hoped. sanituff is much better, but not bad for under $40. the feel is much more dense, not as soft. it is quite stable surface though.
    So you think the sanituff is more forgiving to an edge? Does your sanituff stay true/flat? I might have to order a small sanituff to compare. Do you run them through the machine?

    Thanks Panda,
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    i have tried sanituff a few times but don't own one (yet) yes sanituff is more absorbing and cbr is slightly slippery. they are machine washable but i only hand wash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skewed View Post
    This might be a little out there but besides the wonderful aesthetics of a nice thick end grain board... I like the feel of this synthetic rubber board better.
    I'm not surprised. Over the holidays I cooked at my mom's apartment, where she has some kind of mystery plastic board ... much softer than her crappy poly boards. I didn't mind cutting on it at all, and at the end of the weekend noticed that my gyuto edge held up much better than it does on my endgrain maple board at home. Hers is not a cbr or sanituf (I'll probably never know what it is) but it gave me a sense of what a nice synthetic might feel like.

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