Description from CustomMade
Noble Bear Maple End-Grain Up Cutting Boards are the best cutting boards to use and will meet the needs of the most discerning cooks. Noble Bear maple end-grain Up cutting boards are more durable than regular cutting boards. The end-grain Up has a much harder surface and provides a greater tolerance for a knifes chopping motion. Noble Bear Maple end-grain Up cutting boards give a truly resistant cutting surface while being kind to the blade’s sharp edge. The reason for the end grain design is when you use a knife on them instead of crushing the blade against the wood fibers the blade goes between them much like cutting straight into a brushes bristles instead of across them. The wood itself is not cut, but instead you are cutting between the fibers, when the knife strikes the surface during cutting, the grain of the wood actually separates and then closes when the knife is removed. This accounts for the self-healing aspect of the end-grain surface. You will find that your knife blade edges will last much longer.