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Can I Cut on Granite Countertops?

When you go to the expense and effort of purchasing a granite countertop, you will undoubtedly be interested in knowing just how much use you can get out of it. We have all seen those beautiful additions people put in their houses that are so delicate you cannot so much as breathe on them without the item threatening to crumble before your eyes. Grandfather clocks, for instance, are absolutely gorgeous and can add an air of sophistication to any home. Yet they also have to be dusted with extreme care, or the owner runs the risk of damaging the hands, knocking numbers off of the dial, and so forth. So, just how much punishment can you put your granite countertop through?

Can You Cut on Granite Countertops?

Yes, you absolutely can. The average knife is made of steel and is unable to make a scratch in granite. As a mineral, granite can really only be marked up by another mineral such as sand or another piece of granite. As we said before, the average knife is made of steel, and will not make a mark on the granite. Really, you wouldn't have to worry about cutting on your granite countertop unless you were using a knife made out of granite. Since knives are not typically made of granite or any other mineral, you could purchase a granite countertop color and feasibly not purchase another cutting board as long as you have your kitchen. A lot of people go this exact route, as a matter of fact.

Should You Cut on Granite Countertops?

Whether or not you should cut on is an entirely separate matter from whether or not you can. In this regard, cutting on a granite countertop is much the same as jumping off a bridge in to a river. Sure, you could strictly speaking, but that does not mean that you should. The potential consequences of jumping off a bridge in to any body of water are certainly higher than cutting on granite, but the using your granite countertop as a cutting board carries consequences nonetheless.

For one thing, using a granite countertop as a cutting board is more than likely to ruin your cutting knives. Most people are so focused on making sure the granite won't be hurt by the knife that they never consider the dulling and damaging effects the granite has on the knife. Granite, as we saw before, is a mineral. The kinds of stones that are used to sharpen knives are also a mineral, and are effective because of their ability to remove jagged edges of a blade, resulting in a smooth, sharpened edge. Granite will do the same thing, only not in smooth, even strokes like a whet stone will. Instead, the granite will take ragged chunks from your knife and reducing the knife's efficacy as a cutting instrument.

Something that people don't often realize about granite when cutting on granite countertops is that it can be stained. Because granite is such a dense material, it is highly resistant to stains, but it can still happen. Water, of course, will not leave a stain, but darker liquids like fruit juices and oils, absolutely will stain granite if left on the countertop for more than 20 minutes without being wiped up. Thus, when you use your countertop as a cutting board, which is typically done in the midst of preparing a meal, you not only run the risk of causing permanent damage to your cutting knives, but you also run the risk of permanently staining your granite countertop. All things considered, while you absolutely can cut on your granite countertop, you probably shouldn't.

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