I'm about to invest in a cutting board, and have a few questions I was hoping you could help me with. Please weight in on as many or as few questions as you'd like/are equipped to answer.
-- What is the difference between 'carving' boards and 'cutting' boards, when it comes to just cutting/slicing/using a knife? I know carving boards are meant for meat and presentation and have features like liquid moats, but can I use a carving board interchangeably with a cutting board from a purely functional perspective - i.e., for all my cutting/slicing/etc. needs? Or will this damage my knives?
-- I'm looking at a Cornue end grain hornbeam carving board (kind of like this, but less pricey: http://www.joannehudson.com/la-cornue...). Is hornbeam too hard a wood for relatively brittle/hard knives like Shuns, especially if I'm not just carving on it but using it for all my meat/veggie cutting purposes every day? I read on knifeforums (http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/sho...) that someone's Shun knives were damaged on a John Boos maple cutting board, and that the damage subsided only when he switched to a softer wood like cherry and to another maker (BoardSMITH, of course :-)). If a wood can be too hard for certain knives, I thought hornbeam was even harder than maple?
-- On a related note, how do I know if a board contains resin hardeners or other adhesives or substances that defeat the purpose of end grain in terms of being gentle with knives? Does anyone know if Cornue's carving boards contain such substances?
-- Is warping in cutting/carving boards inevitable? The Cornue boards I looked at had very slight warping, maybe 1-2 mm on one side, to the extent that the boards will spin if I spin them. They're so heavy that they're stable when left alone, though. Is this amount of warping acceptable and to be expected, or should I look elsewhere?
BTW, I will likely also get a BoardSMITH board at some point but I wanted to start with the Cornue which could also be used as a carving board and for presentation (and is really gorgeous).
That's it for now! Thanks so much for any guidance you can offer.