ULTIMATE CUTTING BOARD: The quality of wood & attention to detail is what makes Kikusumi HIBA cutting boards an exceptional choice. Japanese chefs have long utilized the knife friendly, problem resisting qualities of hiba wood for their cutting boards. JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: The high quality of Aomori Hiba is matched by the skill of our craftsman. Kikusumi HIBA cutting boards are precision-cut from carefully selected hiba lumber then sanded smooth using tradtiional techniques by our skilled Japanese craftsmen. KNIVES STAY SHARPER LONGER: Aomori Hiba has an ideal hardness for knife blade edges making it superior to hardwood and end-grain boards. Kikusumi HIBA cutting boards are straight grain & softer so blade edge roll & dullness is reduced. Japanese chefs choose Aomori hiba wood for its knife friendly qualities which saves time spent sharpening. HIBA - TREE OF LIFE: Called a Tree of Life for its incredible lifespan & amazing resilience against the wind and weather elements. Hiba grows slowly over a period of 200 - 300 years and is considered a precious material. A first-choice building material for shrines because it naturally resists thanks to an abundance of Hinokitiol found in Aomori-grown hiba trees. *Hiba arborvitae is a special member of the cypress family, native to Aomori Japan. EASY USE & LONG LIFE: Before using, wet the board first and wipe before using to prevent stains and odors. After using, wash with soap and warm water then stand on its side to dry. Dry the board away from sunlight to prevent warping. Not for use in dishwashers which will damage the boards. No need to oil Aomori Hiba wood as the Hinokitoil protects the wood naturally. The natural aroma tells your Hinokitioil is present. SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED WOOD: At Kikusumi we are committed to a future where resources are grown and replaced responibly. The hiba forest in the northern prefecture of Aomori has been protected and managed carefully since 1661. Today responsible forest stewardship is an important element of sustainable growth and Kikusumi HIBA cutting boards fulfill this goal of using resources responsibly. SHIPPING INFO Please provide a telephone # for the courier to contact at the time of purchase. HANDLING We generally shipped your order within the next 1 to 2 business days. *We will deliver the products in stock immediately PRODUCT PHOTOS The picture showing on the item page is a representative image of the product. The product shipped will be similar but please be aware the actual color, pattern, shape and size may slightly differ from the pictures shown regarding items hand-made by the artists and made using natural materials such as wood. -- TAX & DUTIES -- Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are solely the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.