You already know that keeping a knife sharp is the number one rule of cooking. A well-maintained knife not only makes chopping easier but helps prevent accidents by requiring less force than a dull knife to cut through ingredients.
Use a wood cutting board to keep your knife from dulling.
There are many arguments for using a wood cutting board over a plastic or bamboo one, and knife longevity is chief among them. Woods like maple or teak are best, because they won't blunt the blade as easily as a harder surface like plastic, marble or glass. Though bamboo may be a close second when it comes to protecting the blade, it's still about 20 percent harder than a material like maple. So if your knife is the primary concern, go with wood.
Just be sure to take care of your wooden cutting board properly; that way you'll not only have sharper knives, but you'll be a happier cook, too.
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