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indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 01:09 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been searching online and in local stores for bamboo or wooden chopsticks that are made in the USA, in particular, NOT made in China. I haven't had much luck. Can anyone recommend a store or website where I can find some?

Thank you for any suggestions!

  1. Pedr0 Mar 21, 2011 08:17 PM

    http://www.naturalimport.com/inc/sdet...
    Japanese made. $2.75 a pair.

    Can't stand those thin stainless steel Korean chopsticks. Totally difficult to use. The Chinese ones are a little clunky but mostly ok as long as they're wood not plastic.

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      indy2001 Mar 22, 2011 10:20 AM

      Thank you very much for the link. Do you have experience ordering products from this company?

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        Pedr0 Mar 22, 2011 09:57 PM

        Yes, I bought an Iwachu skillet from them a while ago. Shipping was sort of expensive unless you went the absolutely slowest route but the pan arrived in good care. Very nice quality item. I think many others from this forum have ordered from Natural Import before as well.

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          indy2001 Mar 22, 2011 10:16 PM

          Good to know... thank you very much for the information!

    2. flourgirl Mar 21, 2011 04:35 AM

      You could try Etsy.com. It's a website for handmade goods (although be careful to read the descriptions, some things are "vintage", not necessarily handmade & could come from anywhere.)

      http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade/w...

      I provided a link directly to the woodworking section, with a search on "chopsticks" but there are lots of categories if you were interested in looking at other types of materials.

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        indy2001 Mar 21, 2011 11:22 AM

        Thanks for the tip! I've never heard of this website before. Sounds interesting!

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          flourgirl Mar 21, 2011 01:11 PM

          The site has really grown in the last few years, and there's a lot of crap for sale there - but there are some real jewels too. I've purchased some gorgeous wood spoons from GarageWoodshop, a beautiful small bird's eye maple french rolling pin, a ceramic pumpkin casserole that is an absolute work of art (and ovensafe), and a few other pieces here and there, including a really nice ceramic berry bowl/strainer that I probably paid too much for but just had to have and some wonderful food related photography that's framed and hanging in my kitchen. And everything I've purchased was handmade here in the U.S.A.

      2. Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:00 PM

        Devin will be launching his chopsticks, so they will be US made. Please contact him to get on the waitlist, so that he can get them ready for you.

        http://www.devinthomas.com/moribashiC...

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          indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:20 PM

          Thank you very much for the tip! I will be checking back on his website for more details on the Moribashi chopsticks.

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            la2tokyo Mar 20, 2011 02:22 PM

            Is it gonna be cheaper than the spoon?

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763681

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              Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:23 PM

              I don't know. They should be cheaper I think. I think it is much easier to make chopsticks than spoons. Otherwise, it will be pretty funny to have a pair of chopsticks costing more than $400. Hey, these are hand-made chopsticks.

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                indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:29 PM

                Oh wow, I would hope so! I'm afraid I may be outpriced...

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            harryharry Mar 20, 2011 01:38 PM

            Why?

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              I used to know how to cook... Mar 20, 2011 01:43 PM

              (That's what I was wondering too...)

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                indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:08 PM

                Due to recent incidents (e.g. melamine in milk, lead paint in toys, etc.), I've become hesitant to purchase products made in China that are intended for human/pet consumption or food preparation for fear of chemical contamination. Having said that, I do have quite a few utensils and cookware made in China, which is almost impossible to avoid. I am just hoping to find an alternative for chopsticks.

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                  I used to know how to cook... Mar 20, 2011 02:15 PM

                  Hi indy2001,

                  Understood...

                  If you Google "chopsticks made in usa" you'll get a few sources for chopsticks made by MoonSpoons, among them, Amazon.

                  Lucy

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                    Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:17 PM

                    Here, like "I used to know how to cook" said.

                    http://www.amazon.com/Chopsticks-Cher...

                    :)

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                      indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:28 PM

                      Thank you all for the suggestions. I have searched on Google and Amazon and did come across the Moonspoon brand. At $12 a pop, I was hoping that there would be some more alternatives. Also, I was hoping to get some personal advice/reviews from any Chowhounders who have used the chopsticks hands-on since not all chopsticks are created equal. Thanks again.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:34 PM

                        I see. You like something cheaper than $12. Let's say you want to avoid Chinese made chopstick, but why not look for Korean or Japanese made chopsticks? Probably easier than looking for US made chopsticks I think. As for me, I think I have been using some Taiwan made ironwood chopstick like these (but made not be exactly like these -- mine have thicker tips):

                        http://www.kkdiscount.com/products/Es...

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                          indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:42 PM

                          Yes, thanks. That's what I'm starting to think. I saw some bamboo ones that are made in Taiwan that I might try. I prefer rounded chopsticks since I'm most accustomed to those. The Japanese ones are nice too but most of them seem to have lacquer on them. I'm just looking for plain ones. Do your ironwood chopsticks have a coating? Thanks for all your comments.

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                            Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:46 PM

                            My ironwood chopsticks have a very smooth surface, but definitely no lacquer. I have some concerns for the lacquer because they don't last as long as I would like. The lacquer always come off sooner or later and then I have to toss them away. I know what you mean by rounded chopsticks. The one I have now have rounded heads, but the photo I showed you above has the the more traditional Japanese pointed tips.

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                              indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:51 PM

                              Thanks, I think I might try them then. I agree with what you said about the lacquered ones. BTW, do you hand-wash or dish-wash your chopsticks? I know people who put them in the dishwasher regularly but I wonder if that's not good for wooden ones? I started handwashing mine a while back... I'm down to one pair now so that's why I need to get some more ASAP! :)

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                                Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 02:55 PM

                                I hand wash mine. I guess the plastic and metal chopsticks will work much better in an automatic dishwasher. I have never tried the stainless steel chopsticks, but they are apparently more popular in Korea. The stainless steel chopsticks should last for a long time. They will cost a bit more. Also some people don't like the metallic feel. Good luck.

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                                  indy2001 Mar 20, 2011 02:59 PM

                                  Thanks so much for your input. I have tried the stainless steel kind at my Korean friend's houses and have a hard time gripping them... plus, the solid steel ones are really heavy! I think I'll try the ones made in Taiwan then. Thank you!

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                                    Chemicalkinetics Mar 20, 2011 03:03 PM

                                    "I have tried the stainless steel kind at my Korean friend's houses and have a hard time gripping them... plus, the solid steel ones are really heavy!"

                                    :) Those two are problems, but I would think more people have trouble with the metal hardness. Most people who are customed to wood, bamboo and plastic chopsticks don't realize that they occasionally bit the chopsticks. The feeling of biting a steel chopstick is very harsh compared to biting a wood chopstick.

                                    I hope you will able to find the "round headed" wood chopsticks. Best.

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                              Kagemusha Mar 21, 2011 03:20 PM

                              Most of the cheapie "lacquer" hashi are plastic, though Japanese-made wood shouldn't be impossible to find. Steel is for cooking/frying. Japanese disposables are usually made from Canadian lumber and are unfinished.

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