What is Richlite

At Cutting Board Werks, our custom cutting boards are made out of two materials: high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, and Richlite. We already discussed HDPE in a previous blog, but what is Richlite? What can it be used for? Why is it used in our cutting boards? Let’s find out.

What is Richlite?

Richlite is a paper-based fiber composite material made from layers of resin-infused paper. It was created over 70 years ago in the 1940s, and it was originally meant for industrial tooling and pattern making in the aerospace industry. It is often used for high-heat applications.

Over the last several decades, it has become the premium material for a variety of fields: space, sports, marine, culinary, architecture, design, machines, automotive and more. You can find it in furniture, skateparks, guitars, cutting boards, signage, tables, phone cases and other products.

In the commercial foodservice industry, Richlite is valued due to its sanitary properties, extreme durability and low maintenance requirements. It can also withstand most acidic foods.

How is Richlite Made?

Richlite looks a lot like wood but is made up of resin and high quality custom craft paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or recycled paper. The paper is saturated with resin before being cut. Each sheet is stacked on top of one another, and the paper’s direction is altered to create the perfect balance and stability.

The stack of paper is then pressed and baked under extreme heat and pressure to bond the layers of paper together and cure the resin. Once the stack slowly cools, the cured panels create a solid, durable sheet of Richlite material. 

The wood-like color and texture of Richlite depend on the paper itself; the surface’s texture comes from the variations in how the fibers lay in the paper, and the color is a combination of the paper and resin.

Richlite Qualities

Cutting Board Werks

At Cutting Board Werks, we supply custom cutting boards for customers in the commercial foodservice industry.

Our selection of Richlite cutting boards come in one color: natural brown. It also has one thickness of ½”. 

Now that you know what Richlite is, shop with Cutting Board Werks today!

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