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HIBA – TREE OF LIFE

Hiba arborvitae is a special member of the cypress family,  native to Aomori Japan.  Called an arborvitae or “tree of life” for its incredible lifespan and amazing resilience against the wind and weather elements.  Hiba grows slowly over a period of 250 years and is considered a precious material, carefully regulated and protected.  Selected as a first-choice building material for pagodas and shrines because it naturally resists rot and mold thanks to an abundance of hinokitiol that can only be found in Aomori-grown hiba trees.  These natural antimicrobial and germicidal properties make hiba an ideal cutting board material for the kitchen.

KNIVES STAY SHARPER LONGER

If you have a board made from a hard material, it will cause your knife edge to roll because there is less give.  Hard wood boards also cause knife edges to round because of the greater abrasion against the knife blade. Straight wood grain is better for your knives because when slicing or chopping there will be more consistent pressure along the edge of the blade.  KIKUSUMI HIBA cutting boards are an ideal hardness and are crafted from a single piece of wood so grains are straight.

BRING NATURE HOME

The presence of wood can have a positive effect on the human mind.  The presence of wood makes interiors more inviting, warm and relaxing. According to the biophilia hypothesis, humans have a strong connection psychologically to nature and the presence of wood in our habitat can reduce heart rates, lower stress and make us feel more sociable.  (Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia (1984))

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.  Following this simple routine and your KIKUSUMI HIBA cutting board should last a lifetime.

SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED WOOD

At Kikusumi we are committed to a future where we grow our resources and replace them.  This means we grow our resources and replace them.  When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change as healthy forests help offset carbon emissions. The hiba forest in the northern prefecture of Aomori has been protected and managed carefully since 1661 because it is considered to be such an important source of the wood.  Today responsible forest stewardship is an important element of sustainable growth and KIKUSUMI HIBA cutting boards fulfill this goal of using resources responsibly.

ULTIMATE CUTTING BOARD

Aomori Hiba has been used to build temples, shrines, castles, and other important works of Japanese architecture throughout many generations. Japanese chefs have long utilized the knife friendly, mold & bacteria-resistant qualities of hiba wood for their cutting boards. KIKUSUMI HIBA cutting boards are precision-cut from carefully selected hiba lumber then sanded by skilled Japanese craftsmen.  The quality of wood & attention to detail is what makes KIKUSUMI HIBA cutting boards an exceptional choice.