Epicurean All-in-One Cutting Boards (Set of 3)
Epicurean All-in-One Cutting Boards (Set of 3)
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Epicurean listens to its customers. Case and point: the All-in-One cutting board series, designed based on customer feedback Read More

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megalonzerg
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Jul 12, 2019
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What is it made of? Does it dull knives quickly? According to the manufacturer: "Richlite is the material from which Epicurean makes its products. Hundreds of food-safe-resin soaked sheets of paper are pressed together under extreme pressure and heat, fusing the individual sheets into a solid piece of material. The final product is exceptionally strong, yet maintains the warm, natural look and feel of wood. It is lightweight, nonporous, knife friendly, and dishwasher safe. It won’t crack, split, or stain—making it a perfect material for cutting boards and earning Epicurean products worldwide recognition.

It also is environmentally friendly. The paper composite raw material comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sources and/or recycled paper. 99.99% of the volatile organic compounds released by the resin are destroyed during the saturation process and never reach the atmosphere. Richlite has earned Greenguard, Rainforest Alliance, and FSC certifications."  I saw several reviews and nobody complained about knives being dulled faster than with wood. I could not find out what plastic "resin" is used to make the material. I suspect it is polyester, but it might be phenolic or acrylic or something else. I don't think it is polyethylene (HDPE), which is the knife-friendliest cutting board material I know of and is what all my cutting boards are made of. HDPE, which is the most common plastic blended with wood fiber in composite decking, does have some disadvantages for cutting boards, such as easy scratching and bending under its own weight or if heated at all, but it's quite inexpensive and the white boards don't have a personality that makes you want to keep them forever, so when they are ruined you can just replace them with no emotional impact. Another good thing about HDPE is that standing water will never penetrate it so it will not warp from water absorption like the manufacturer admits Richlite can: "If the cutting surface is stored flat, moisture (usually residual water left from washing in the sink or dishwasher) becomes trapped underneath and as the moisture tries to escape, it causes the board to warp. Even the smallest amount of moisture can cause the board to warp. Normally this can be corrected by “counter warping”. You would wash your surface, leave a bit of moisture on the board and lay it on the opposite side for a day or so which will level out the warp." This is one of the reasons I suspect the resin used is polyester - polyester will slowly absorb water of left sitting in it. But the boards must have the feel of wood because I saw one reviewer who said she liked it because it was not made of plastic and she didn't like using plastic. Oops. TMI? Sorry.
Jul 12, 2019
j-tech
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Mar 26, 2019
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Will these dull knives quicker than a regular wooden board? Seems to me that this is a pretty hard surface that could be damaging to knife edge?
Mar 26, 2019
j-tech
86
May 4, 2019
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As a follow up to my own question, from what I can find doing some research on this, they do indeed dull knives quickly. The surface is just too hard.
May 4, 2019
splendic
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May 4, 2019
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Thanks for doing the research!
May 4, 2019
nfetterly
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Feb 7, 2019
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Black dots are anti slip. From memory both sides have the, but I’m 56 and could be wrong. 😳
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Feb 7, 2019
jmk451
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Feb 7, 2019
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Ok, great, we see the grooved sides (since all the photos have them). What do the other sides look like? Are the black dots anti-skid feet? Do the other side have those?
Feb 7, 2019
OccamsToothBrush
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Mar 24, 2019
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A Friend of mine has a model like this one but without the hole to hang it from. The antislip actually goes through the board in holes much like the one to hang it from. This allows the rubber material to be on both sides. You can remove them for cleaning if you're determined enough. I've seen them in Sur la Table and Crate & Barrel if you want to see them in person.
Mar 24, 2019
jmk451
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Mar 25, 2019
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Thanks, much more helpful!
Mar 25, 2019
fenixsword
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Dec 13, 2018
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What is it made of?
Dec 13, 2018
OccamsToothBrush
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Mar 23, 2019
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This company used to make things like boxes to skate on for skate parks and they realized that the same material could be used for other things. Its a wood composite and pretty neat material. They sell them in places like Crate & Barrel and Sur la Table if you wanted to feel what they're like. I have one and its a great material for a cutting board.
Mar 23, 2019
HowlingDog
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Nov 7, 2018
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I own several Epicurean cutting boards (similar models), they're great.
Nov 7, 2018
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