Edge grain boards are cut with the grain’s edge so the wood fibers are aligned horizontally, which can be seen in our Bradbury, Highland, Laurel, Motley, and Winsome boards. This is the most common construction for wood cutting boards and is well respected for its durability, resistance to stains, and absorbs less unwanted moisture than its end grain counterpart.
End grain boards are cut along the grain’s end so that the wood fibers are exposed and facing up. This type of cut reveals the unique character of the wood rings and grain details; for reference, see our Alfred and Artisan boards. While these types of boards are more complex and expensive to make, they are famously easy on your knives. Each knife cut goes between the wood fibers, rather than through them. These fibers close back up after the knife exits, keeping its edge sharper for longer.