This Shun Cutlery bamboo block features 11 slots positioned horizontally, which keeps pressure off the extremely fine edges of Shun blades. This attractive block is made of easy-to-clean, stain resistant bamboo. Durable bamboo is harder than maple, lighter than oak, and is one of the world’s most renewable resources. This Shun Cutlery 11 slot bamboo block is ideal for kitchen accessories because it absorbs very little moisture and doesn’t shrink or swell like other hardwoods. There's even a hole for sharpening steel and a lower opening for kitchen or poultry shears. The natural hardness of bamboo means it resists knife marks and retains its handsome appearance even under consistent use. This block can accommodate up to 11 pieces of kitchen cutlery.