Bakko Yanagi Natural wood Cutting Board 450mmX300mmX30mm
About This Item
It has a sheet of cellophane is wrapped on the cutting board, so it looks shiny some of pictures.
The best cutting board in Japan! from Hokkaido, Japan
(17 1/4inchX12inchX1 1/8inch),3lb.2.7oz.(1437.6g)
According to Professor Takako Okamura research, She tried to cut off Daikon Radish on the air and cutting off Daikon Radish on the cutting board with sharpened cooking knife. The research shows the same wear amount as 10000 times cutting off on the air and 400 times cutting off on the cutting board, so the knife edge wear comes from mostly from hitting cutting board instead of cutting off Daikon Radish. That is why we should have good cutting board.
If we imagine that cooking knife is engine or power source or power giving side of device, cutting board is shock absorber or tire or power received device. If we have high performance shock absorber or tires, the car runs much higher performance. It might call like a relationship between husband and wife as the relationship gets along without it. When we slice ingredients, if there is just cooking knife, we can do it, and there is technique to cut without cutting board, but it does not work well all the time. We need a cutting board to make cooking knife work better and useful.
Many of us spend hundreds or thousands dollars for cooking knives and whetstones to have high quality sharp edge knives. How about cutting board? Do we consider of cutting board as well? Bakko Yanagi is one of willow family tree. It is also called Yamaneko Yanagi in Japan. Scientific name of Bakko Yanagi is Salix bakko. Most of Willow grows nearby water such as river side, or pond or lake, or wet soil area, however those area willow sucks up mud, and it looks muddy in the lumber and sandy, so it canft use it as lumber. It looks ugly and not sanitary safe, so it canft use it for cutting board too. Bukko Yanagi grows in mountain, so it does not have those problems. However, it is hard to get large lumber to have one piece cutting board size. It is also the number of Bukko Yanagi is so low. Hokaido has large wild mountains areas with abundant source of various lumbers. High quality lumber festival are opened several times a year in Hokkaido, and thousands of great lumbers come in festival to sell out from all over Hokkaido, but even those festival, several large size Bukko Yanagi lumbers can be found. That is all.
Why do I mention about Bakko Yanagi so seriously? The wood is not too hard and not too soft. It has the best hardness for cooking knife avoiding wear the blade edge fast. The Bakko Yanagi itself is durability and elasticity to avoiding wear. It has nice sound not too low or not too high. It makes us feel good the sound like our mother or grandmother making breakfast or dinner in the kitchen. It has almost no smell transferring from the wood smell to ingredients. Cedar family lumbers are nice, but it has strong smell. It canft use it for delicate ingredients. Please make a wet the cutting board before using it. It prevents ingredients smell getting in the cutting board as saturated with water. Plastic cutting board are getting better and better quality, however it is still plastic, and it is shaving or wear little by little, and it gets in ingredients or foods. We have to eat plastic little by little. Natural wood cutting board is from plant, so it is no problem to have our digestive system. Many of top chefs in Japan dream about getting large size Bakko Yanagi cutting board, but it is not enough numbers for every single chef, and the cost is not affordable for everybody. It is not always available, but if you would like to get custom size Bakko Yanagi Cutting board, I can ask for the lumber yard company in Hokkaido.