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Dec 18, 2008 06:23 AM

Does a glass cutting board = dull knives

I recently replaced a plastic cutting board with a glass one and have noticed that after only a couple of uses my newly sharpened Wusthof knives have become quite dull. Has anyone else had this problem? I do have a great butcher block board that I use a lot but I wanted one that could go in the dishwasher for chicken or other raw meats.

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  1. That glass "cutting board" will dull/roll an edge in a NY minute. You may as well cut on your concrete driveway. A glass"cutting board" can make a dangerous dull knife out of a sharp one quicker than you think. Trash the glass and plastic and stick with wood.

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    1. re: BoardSMITH

      Though you might in fact be able to resharpen on the concrete driveway :)

      1. re: BoardSMITH

        My mom had one of those glass cutting boards a few years ago. I have no idea what she was thinking (it must have been on sale.) You can't cut on it because it's too slippery and it obviously dulls your knife quicker than cutting on a brick. I threw it out and bought her a few good plastic ones. I use wood myself because: 1) there's nothing like cutting on wood 2) I don't have a dishwasher so the excuse that plastic is good because it can be put in the dishwasher doesn't hold for me. After I use it, I scrub it with scalding water and soap. I think that's good enough.

        1. re: BoardSMITH

          I have a wood board for my main prep work and a large plastic board for dealing with raw meat. The wood board is always on my counter top. The plastic only comes out when it's needed. I also have a wood pastry board and wood carving board with gutters.

          Wood is not only the best material for your knives, it's also one of the fastest materials to cut on which makes prep work enjoyable.

          I got a nice mesquite board handmade for me by a guy in texas. It only ever sees a damp rag, never the inside of the sink and it is oiled with hot mineral oil monthly.

        2. I hate glass cutting boards. For some reason all the beach rentals I've been at seem to have them. The make an awful noise and are really hard on knirves. I use the plastic kind for raw meat, as like you I prefer to put those in the DW every time I use them; not trying to get into an argument about germs and so on. Why didn't you like the plastic board?

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          1. re: DGresh

            I did like the plastic especially because it could go in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, over time it had gotten big grooves and also one of kids had put a hot pan on it and melted a good portion of it. It had definitely seen better days.

          2. Glass is much harder than steel and will dull any knife you use on it, never use a glass cutting board. If you want a great cutting board that can go in the dishwasher, get an Epicurean or READ laminate board.

            1. Look at it this way, now you have the information that glass "boards" are crap and you can help spread the knowledge.

              For dishwasher use, buy a plastic board. Not as great as wood but for quick fixes it works just fine.

              1. Those glass sheets should be marketed as "Surface covers," "trivets," "hot plates" ANYTHING but "cutting boards."

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                1. re: jzerocsk

                  The glass board went into the recycling today and was replaced with a plastic one. Now I just need to sharpen the knives. Thanks to everyone for the info. Now I know that I wasn't losing my mind and possibly my fingers!

                  1. re: baseballfan

                    try honing your nice knives with your honing steel. Maybe the glass board merely folded the edge (hopefully), and you can bring back the edge with honing. Worst case, get them professionally sharpened and you'll be good to go. Good luck

                    1. re: chuckl

                      There's a lot of new cutting boards that can go in the dishwasher and are easy on the knofe edge. The one in particular that I like is from Epicurean and is made with recyclable materials. It comes in many sizes and a few colors.


                      1. re: sandih

                        Thanks for the link. My husband ordered one for us. I can't wait to get it.