The board carves significantly better. It does not wash out and handles the chop very well. Before I bought the board I demo'ed it. After my second run I clearly felt the difference. it is much more stable carving and feels very solid.
Does it handle the chop a lot better than your T. Rice? I've got the T. Rice 161.5 and it leaves a little to be desired in the chop.
I saw a hot knife for the first time today. The catalog pics don't do it justice. The yellow is a neon shade and the art's really cool.