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The Best Cutting Board Looks Good and Protects Your Knife, Too

An end-grain block from Common Species will be your blade’s best friend.

Although essential, cutting boards don’t tend to inspire the same devotion as chef’s knives. Maybe they should—especially if they look like the ones from Columbus, Ohio, furniture brand Common Species, which are made of either ash or walnut and available in three sizes. Common Species owner Sergei Parfenov emphasizes the wood’s end-grain pattern with bespoke designs that veer from rhythmic to far-out kaleidoscopic. A medium board ($350, pictured) is 12 by 18 inches and a little more than an inch-and-a-half thick and weighs about 8 pounds. It has fingerholds milled into the ends for easier lifting, and inlaid cast-brass monogramming is available as well.

Boardsmith’s end-grain cutting boards, which start at $185, also come in three sizes but are available in your choice of walnut or cherry in addition to the more common maple.