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superfinespot Sep 1, 2010 03:31 PM

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. paulj RE: superfinespot Sep 1, 2010 04:15 PM

    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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      superfinespot RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 04:18 AM

      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.

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        monku RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 06:00 AM

        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. Chemicalkinetics RE: superfinespot Sep 1, 2010 04:34 PM

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

        1. ipsedixit RE: superfinespot Sep 1, 2010 04:38 PM

          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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            Chemicalkinetics RE: ipsedixit Sep 1, 2010 04:40 PM

            No, it states "inorganic"

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              ipsedixit RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 1, 2010 04:43 PM

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

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: ipsedixit Sep 1, 2010 04:45 PM

                Hey, I didn't even know there is such a thing as "organic wood"

                http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7687...

          2. Caroline1 RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 01:26 AM

            For high end non-lacquered chopsticks, there are always chopsticks carved of jade.
            http://www.goodorient.com/Jade_Chopst...

            1. tanuki soup RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 05:54 AM

              Amazon.com sells many kinds of chopsticks.

              How about these?

              http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Deluxe-9...

               
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                Chemicalkinetics RE: tanuki soup Sep 2, 2010 07:50 AM

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

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                  Caroline1 RE: tanuki soup Sep 2, 2010 08:00 AM

                  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.

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Caroline1 Sep 2, 2010 08:44 AM

                    Yes.

                2. Antilope RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 06:47 AM

                  Cost Plus stores have a selection of chopsticks. I've seen plain wood, metal, plastic etc there.

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                    cutipie721 RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 08:14 AM

                    "i find those chip easily"

                    Do you put them into the dishwasher?

                    1. BiscuitBoy RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 08:57 AM

                      I have a lacquered set and a pair that are polished walnut, both are way too smooth and slippery to operate....Maybe I'm not skilled enough, but the plain cheap bamboo set works best for me

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                        monku RE: BiscuitBoy Sep 2, 2010 09:52 AM

                        Something comforting about the old bamboo chopsticks. I'm going to get some to use at home.

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                          Chemicalkinetics RE: BiscuitBoy Sep 2, 2010 09:56 AM

                          Yep

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                          MikeG RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 10:06 AM

                          In NYC, stainless steel chopsticks seem to have become more popular/available locally in Asian stores of various ethnicities, presumably they're available online as well. I've even seen a "Joyce Chen" version which like her other products is probably more widely distributed to Western stores than others.

                          Unlike Korean chopsticks, the ones I mean are cylindrical and hollow, about the same size and shape as Japanese chopsticks but with blunter ends, and they have rings in the metal to avoid slippery-food-syndrome. They sell for a couple of dollars a pair.

                          1. ipsedixit RE: superfinespot Sep 2, 2010 10:14 AM

                            Go high-tech and get the carbon fibre ones.

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                              Chemicalkinetics RE: ipsedixit Sep 2, 2010 10:49 AM

                              link please

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                                paulj RE: ipsedixit Sep 2, 2010 11:10 AM

                                Or titanium, only $65
                                http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Folts-Hand...

                                and for the traveler, two part 'carryon' chopsticks make from recycled baseball bats
                                http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Peak-Carry...

                                for eating in the dark, chopsticks with builtin LEDs
                                http://www.amazon.com/Buztronics-Sets...

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                                  Chemicalkinetics RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 11:11 AM

                                  Wow, solid titanium? I will have to look into that (don't have time now). If it is really solid titanium.... :)

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                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 11:13 AM

                                    Suddenly, I have the urgent to get aluminum chopsticks because of what you suggested. Ha.

                                    Breadchick loves carbon steel pans, maybe she can get a pair of carbon steel chopstick

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                                      paulj RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 2, 2010 11:17 AM

                                      carbon steel? How about no-flux welding rod?

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                                        Chemicalkinetics RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 11:18 AM

                                        I have just changed my mind. Now, I want to get solid sliver chopsticks. Ha.

                                        Do you have any couple you don't like? Well, send their children a pair of buitin LED chopsticks as you have suggested.

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                                          kaleokahu RE: paulj Sep 2, 2010 02:36 PM

                                          Or nickel-silver pinstock!

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                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: kaleokahu Sep 2, 2010 02:50 PM

                                            Please brainstorm some more interesting chopsticks. Ha.

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                                              ipsedixit RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 2, 2010 03:15 PM

                                              I'd like a pair of jade chopsticks, with my Chinese name carved into each stick.

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