the Charleston End Grain cutting board is beautiful. I almost hate to use it for fear of harming it!
I bought one of these boards because Kenji Lopez-Alt plugged them in his book The Food Lab. I bought some of Ironwood's branded board oil and meticulously followed all the instructions for oiling it; Starting with every day for the first week, once a week for the first month, not leaving it in water, etc . Within about a month, the board had cracked (delaminated?) into one side. I contacted Ironwood, and they were kind enough to replace it... once. About 7 months after receiving the new board, following all the exact same care instructions, the replacement board cracked in the exact same way. I contacted Ironwood/Fox Brands for another replacement and they said they would only replace a maximum of one board. For a decently expensive board like this, I had much higher expectations, both of the board, and of the company. Sadly, I will not be buying or recommending this brand to anyone else.
The board was exquisite!! Gorgeous grain and directions on taking care of this board will make it extremely easy to give as a Christmas Present. My daughter will love it!
Wow, this is a thirsty board; it drinks mineral oil like nobody's business without any signs of being saturated after two days. The surface is also rough enough that it'll tear little fibers off of paper towels.
Still, eventually it'll have its fill of oil and sanding was a very easy task. For the price it's going for, I think it's still mostly worth it.
The difference in quality between this cutting board and other end grain boards is not immediately obvious but the differences are there. My board came in good shape and did not have glue everywhere as others have noted. The surface did come with some sanding marks on certain parts of the cutting surface. Now wishing I had a go at it with my sander to smooth it out more. Not a big deal and does not affect the performance. Time will tell how it stands up over time but so far it seems well worth the $60.