This is an End Grain Board. This is not your typical Big Box Store type of bamboo Board. End Grain boards are much more durable than traditional Plank boards. You will be hard pressed to find such a nice board ANYWHERE, especially at our direct to you pricing. End grain boards are better boards than Plank style boards because the knife will slide between the end fibers on the board, rather than slice into and crush the top surface fibers. The result is that your knife will stay sharper longer and your board will look better and last longer. Large Chopping blocks were always made of end grain hardwood for this very reason.