Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The same, old adage also applies to cutting directly on quartz countertops.There are many different reasons why you should NOT cut directly on quartz countertops. One of these reasons is that the surface can still suffer damage when enough force is applied to it. Quartz is not a perfectly hard material – nothing is. That is why our quartz countertop can still be damaged when you hack at it with great force.Another reason is to protect your precious knives from damage. Incredibly hard surfaces are one of the worst enemies of sharp edges. By continually slicing food on hard surfaces such as quartz countertops, your knives will lose their sharp edge and will be unable to cut food at all. This is a big no-no for those who love to cook.And by definition, the ability to resist scratches and slicing damage to the countertops is exactly that – just being scratch and slice resistant. This does not mean quartz countertops are damage-proof. Therefore, while it may still resist damage, it’s not entirely in the clear. Scratch marks, dents, and chips can still be seen on your countertop surface if you continue to cut directly on your quartz countertop.When working with raw meat, use a cutting board. The meat itself doesn’t damage the countertop. It’s what is left behind that can hurt your countertop, other food items, or even your health. Various meats contain bacteria that can seep through small openings on the quartz countertop surface. These bacteria can propagate and contaminate other food items, which could also lead to problems for your health. You can, of course, clean the surface using disinfectants, but these can still damage your countertop seal, which opens up your countertop surface to staining.