End grain butcher blocks are built from short
glued in such a way that only the end grain shows
on both the top and bottom sides. As these elements are usually rectangular in shape,
the whole board gets a mosaic or chess board pattern.
Although such looks are highly visual, the heavy occurrence of end grain chopping blocks in
, and wherever a
great deal of cutting and slicing is involved is given by rather pragmatic reasons.
The end grain structure confers a remarkable sturdiness to a thick enough block
(and we believe that a 4 thickness is the
minimum you should settle for when it comes to end grain blocks), so it will withstand with no problem frequent heavy blows
of the meat cleaver or any other similar implement into the butchers meat shops.
In addition, end grain butcher blocks are much gentler on the knife's edge because, instead of grinding against the wood fibers,
the blade will actually "squeeze" between them, thus wearing out much slower.
For the same reason, the top itself wears out at a slower rate than a conventional edge-grain cutting board.