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Sep 1, 2010 03:31 PM

higher end chopsticks

where can i buy chopsticks that aren't painted w/lacquer? i find those chip easily and i'd like something organic - like natural wood. also, should i worry about whether or not the wood has been treated with chemicals?

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  1. Why not plain bamboo? Not high-end enough?

    Korean stores sell metal chopsticks, often in wedding gift sets with long handled spoons. Rather narrow points though.

    Backpacking and travel shops sell 'travel chopsticks', that come apart or telescope. Snowpeak is one brand that comes to mind.

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    1. re: paulj

      plain bamboo is fine. the less expensive the better.

      in looking for "higher end" i was implying that i'm hoping to find chopsticks which are made of materials that aren't going to splinter or chip easily. my local japanese restaurants give plain, untreated wood chopsticks for free with take out. i find they're most cheap and splinter easily.

      to the other replies - the term "organic" was used in my post to give a general sense that i wanted a chopstick which hadn't been treated. i am looking for a chopstick w/o a paint or chemical finish applied. it wasn't meant to describe the origins of the wood itself. thanks.

      thanks. i'll look into snowpeak.

      1. re: paulj

        Any Chinese market like a 99 Ranch will have a selection of chop sticks and you can buy a package of bamboo chop sticks fairly cheap.

        I got a pair of "travel chopsticks" that come in a tubular eyeglass sized case you can carry it in your shirt pocket. They're metal and you screw them together. People seeing me use them always ask where they can get a pair. They were like $8 and they make a unique little gift.

      2. Well, higher end chopsticks are mostly lacquered. Unless you are thinking about ivory chopsticks. Bare wood and bamboo chopstick are considered lower end.

        1. I've never heard of the term "organic" being applied to chopstick materials.

          If it doesn't say "organic" does it mean that my chopsticks have been "farmed"?

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I didn't even know there was such a thing as "inorganic wood" ...

          1. For high end non-lacquered chopsticks, there are always chopsticks carved of jade.

            1. sells many kinds of chopsticks.

              How about these?


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              1. re: tanuki soup

                I have those chopstick (or they look very much alike). They are very good.

                1. re: tanuki soup

                  Amusing! The ad says, "Eat Chinese food the way it was meant to be," and then they are selling Japanese chopsticks. Chinese chopsticks have blunt ends.