Marky Bamboo Cutting Board – Our Review

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Whenever I see the word ‘Marky’, I can’t help but go straight to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. If you don’t know what that is, well, let’s just say that Mark Wahlberg had a life before he got into acting.

But, now, that’s all set to change, and Marky Products could come to be synonymous with cutting boards.  Who knows?

First impressions are good. It seems to do all the things that the others do, and apart from having ‘Marky’ engraved on the front in big letters, it seems pretty nice.

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Initial Reactions

Being 18 x 12 inches, this thing isn’t one of those piffling little boards that often sneak up on us when we’re not paying attention, popping things in our baskets all willy-nilly. It’s actually a really nice size, and having flat edges too, you can buy two and put them next to each other to create a much bigger board. The bamboo itself seems like it’s decent quality as well. It’s ‘naturally finished’, which is industry speak for untreated. But, Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial anyway (to a degree) – which means that bacteria doesn’t find it as easy to grow and multiply on it as it might with other woods. The same goes for silver when it comes to metal, which is why lots of refrigerators are coated in a silver laced spray to help prevent mold and that sort of thing.

The construction itself is pretty standard – laminated bamboo strips, heat sealed and then sanded and shaped. It’s how they come. Bamboo, as you may be able to envision is a long, tall tree with a hollow center. So, the wood you see is drawn from the ‘shell’ if you will, and is milled into tiny strips, which are then sealed together to form shapes. I’m not blown away by the product – but it’s certainly not lacking in any way either. The juice groove is also a nice touch, too.

When it comes to maintenance of these things – speaking from experience, you’ve got two options. You either look after them carefully, or you just say sod it, use it until it’s worn and then toss it out and buy another one. With expensive boards made from oak, or other hard words, the former is the obvious choice, but with bamboo…

But anyway, let’s keep digging into this thing to see how it fairs.

image provided by Marky Products for use in review

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Specifications

The Quick View

  • EXTRA-LARGE, THICK & DURABLE – Space is provided for heavy duty chopping, slicing, cutting, prepping and serving on the countertop. Board doesn’t peel, crack, warp, scratch, split, splinter, wobble, chip, sink, cut or feather meaning it retains its smart appearance and smooth surface. Flexibility and ease of use are provided by the ideal size and thickness, as well as the lightweight design and over sink lip. Serving as a non slip tray with room for glassware and wine or serves as bar platter.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY non slip heat resistant cutting board is attractive and functional. Bamboo won’t dull knives, so is very easy on cutlery and is also stronger than maple. Due to the deep drip grooves, it catches juice from meat and fruit as well as keeping chopped vegetables on the board. Moso bamboo material provides highest quality and these big wooden boards look great in the kitchen as well. The unique plastic nylon feet included make for more comfort, a clear grip and improved air circulation.
  • SUPERIOR AND ANTIBACTERIAL SANITARY DESIGN with natural antimicrobial properties. Being harder than other wood, bamboos also absorbs less liquid. No mould or food is trapped, so it retains its quality finish without unpleasant odors developing. The robust construction and smooth surface provide great value and years of reliable service to enjoy with a full back up should an unlikely problem develop. Napkins, plates and placemats or even a wok or mortar and pestle fit easily.
  • LOW MAINTENANCE AND EASY TO CLEAN butcher block appliance due to premium organic recyclable bamboo. Very easy to wash and keep fresh and clean with cloth or paper towel meaning appearance, surface quality, finish, ease of use and longevity are preserved. Wood does not swell if washed by hand and soapy water. Luster and end grain of this beautifully designed board are also easily maintained. A small application of oil ensures limited maintenance tasks for the lazy, so you’ll be delighted.
  • NEED INSTRUCTIONS? Everything is explained in the free PDF guide provided. Accessories include a handy plastic scraper and satisfaction is ensured by the 100% replacement lifetime warranty / money back guarantee.  Fast shipping.

Material

Bamboo. It’s an awesome, versatile wood with a variety of choice properties – including a high tensile strength, a low absorbency rating, and great hardness level considering its weight. However, there are always drawbacks to any material, and bamboo is no exception.

Now, if you’ve read any of my other articles or reviews (which I recommend, because, let’s face it, they’re awesome), you’ll know that I’m both a fan and advocate of bamboo boards. Now, bamboo fits quite snuggly in the wood scale of soft to hard, sitting pretty with the right amount of longevity to not get destroyed after one use, and the right amount of softness not to dull your knives.

Hardwood and other hard boards can ruin your steel by causing edge roll, chipping, and a host of other damage. But, on the flip side, soft boards are unhygienic. When you create a cut in a board’s surface, bacteria enters, and then multiplies. As such, it’s quite hard to get it out. Now, you can buy cheap rubber boards, and have one for veg, one for meat, etc., and then toss them out when they get ruined. You can also by a plastic board and ‘shave’ it using a device that takes the top layer of scoring off.

When it comes to hardwood, you can sand it and re-oil for anti-bacterial-ness. And, when it comes to bamboo, you can do the same. Bamboo is soft enough to cut into with enough force, like all wood boards. And, across the grain, I’ll admit it’s pretty hard to score deeply. However, with the grain (following the lines in the wood), you’ll find it reasonably easy to cut into the surface as the blade sinks between the fibers, which then really rides down that hygiene rating. Oiling your wood with an antibacterial oil can help, but bamboo is a tricky one with that, too.

Grain in wood is made up by the fibers. The fibers themselves are like little tubes that carry water along the trunk and branches. Little tubes all stacked together provide amazing tensile strength – which is why they use that arrangement of steel tubing in bridge and building construction. However, being tubes, and being so tightly packed, they don’t provide a good level of absorption – they’re designed by nature to keep water in, and the elements out – so oil won’t just sink in really easily.

What I’m saying is that while bamboo is the best in regards to the soft/hard balance, it does score easily, and while its natural anti-bac properties are admirable, it doesn’t take oil well, and as such you’ll need to sand it like other wood boards if you want to keep your hygiene levels high. This is the reason that they aren’t usually used commercially. In a home environment though, they’re one of the best choices for board material.

So, the Marky has that going for it.

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Size

As far as the size goes, it’s pretty spot on. A foot by a foot and a half may not seem as large as some of the really big boards, but the size itself is really handy.  Neither too bulky, or wide to wash comfortably in the sink. While spraying anti-bac and wiping off with a sponge or rag is a decent enough method of cleaning – especially if you’re cutting bread or other dry things, when it comes to meats and juicy stuff, I like to be safe and use the sink, near-boiling water, and a wire-sponge or scrubbing pad at worst, to help pull away those pesky germs.

I like the Marky Bamboo Cutting Board actually. Some of these boards are really big, and bulky, but this one’s actually got that perfect balance between moveable and hefty. Some small boards feel cheap, or just don’t really serve that much of a purpose. I hate finicky little things. I need my boards big enough to chop several veg and hold several piles comfortably. While my main veg board is a big slab of a thing, this is a nice little aside, and I’ll probably use it when I’m prepping outdoors for a barbeque, or if I need to move from surface to surface.

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Weight

Bamboo is a very light wood, and this board, as a result of that is very light. But, it’s also very durable. At just over a half inch think you may think that this board may lack rigidity, but you’d be wrong. Unless you’re intent on hitting it with a hammer, you should be absolutely fine. It’s balanced, and has enough mass to stay planted while chopping, but isn’t a pain to lift or maneuver.

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board: The Design

When it comes to the design, what can I say? It’s got rounded edges, so you won’t get any flaking or splinters. It’s got a juice groove all around, which, as you can expect, will catch juices, and it’s made from laminated stripped bamboo. All in all, the design is elegant and simple. Compared to others, I even think it’s a bit better. I’ve owned boards before that haven’t been contented with looking ‘plain’, and have opted for big curved tops and bottoms that look liked handles, or heaven forbid, ones with a big hole in them – which, only serves to one, waste space, and two, let stuff fall through it. And, the problem with those is that you obviously can’t arrange them to create one much larger board. You can’t exactly with this because of the slightly rounded edges, but it gives you a much better experience than a lot of competitors, with both side by side, and above and below arrangements.

The other thing I want to talk about is the feet. Now Marky have actually got it right here, because they haven’t put little foam pads on there, and they also haven’t put little silicone blobs. What they’ve opted for instead is a more permanent solution – a harder rubber foot that’s pinned in place. This does two things that I like – it actually really concentrates the weight and pressure of the board on a very small area of the surface, providing a much higher friction coefficient versus wider pads, or just no feet at all. I’ve worked with boards (and in commercial kitchens, where this happens all the time) that require a wet dish rag, or paper towel to be placed under it to give it the grip it needs. When you’re chopping things at light speed, the last thing you want is board slippage, and these feet do a nice job of addressing that issue.

The second thing they do is raise the board up a little. Not enough to make it look like it’s on stilts, but enough so that any bits of food or liquid that go off the side of the board don’t get crushed into or, or soak into, the underside of the board itself. This happens quite a lot, where you get a sodden bottom, or you find that you’ve spent the last thirty minutes crushing a piece of garlic into both the woodgrains on your board, and the microspores on your kitchen counter. But, this doesn’t happen with the Marky, thankfully – which is awesome.

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Drawbacks

What are the drawbacks? Hmm, well, I suppose I have to think of some considering this is an unbiased review. Maybe the thing could be a little bit… Uh… Damn. I guess the only thing I don’t like is the massive logo engraved on the front.

The groove catches juice, but so does the logo unfortunately, and because the straight edges of the engraving segment the little fibers (tubes I mentioned earlier), they do open up the ends of them to a bit of moisture ingress. As such, if you don’t keep an eye on it, you may find that the bamboo discolors around the logo. Though, this is hardly a gripe, and is pretty much the only thing I can knock it for.

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Positives

The size, weight, and design are all great. I like the way it looks and feels, and it’s built nicely. It has no obvious drawbacks, and it’s not trying to dress mutton up as lamb. It’s what it says on the tin, and you can’t go wrong with it. If you’re looking for something to wow dinner guests with then it’s certainly not going to be the toast of a party, but heck, if you just want to cut stuff without ruining your knives… Well then it’s a pretty good deal.

And, as if that wasn’t enough they also offer some pretty insane discounts.  On their store, they advertise that if you buy two Marky Cutting Boards, you get 15% off your order. By three and you get a fourth free. By five and you get two extra free. By seven, and you get three for free. So, you pay for seven, and get ten. It’s a bit of an investment, but even if you don’t intend to use them all yourself, they also make a really great (read: not horrible) Christmas gift for loved ones (read: In-Laws). What’s not to love?

 

Marky Bamboo Cutting Board Conclusion

Great product delivered in a no-nonsense fashion. What you see is what you get.  The only real issue is the logo – but I mean, come on, that’s hardly a deal breaker, is it?

But then again, the choice is yours. I’ve added my two cents.  Whatever board you end up buying, I’m happy in the knowledge that I’ve got a decent one right here already.

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