What are some of the best chopsticks, something a bit more special than the typical
inexpensive chopsticks found at the local import store? Here's a quick guide to finding ones with better craftsmanship, materials and style.
Beyond disposables, most
pairs found in stores are produced in volume for mass consumption.
This means they are produced in poor countries such as China, Thailand
and Vietnam, and are made with a modest quality of finish and
decoration. Such chopsticks are certainly acceptable and make great
chopsticks for parties or dinners where you need many pairs at a low
However, if you're looking for special chopsticks, perhaps
the best chopsticks or nice quality chopsticks, then look towards
specialty retailers of chopsticks, especially online retailers as they
can focus on such a narrow market and import higher quality chopsticks
than could be sold in local low volume stores.
Best chopsticks are
chopsticks made with unique materials and high quality craftsmanship.
These special chopsticks are made not only in China and Vietnam, but
especially in Japan where the art of making chopsticks was elevated to a
true art form.
Special Japanese best chop stick styles are the
Wakasa made using lacquers and possibly shell, Nishijin made with brocade kimono fabrics and Washi
made with beautiful handmade papers. Nice luxury Chinese chopsticks are
made of sandalwood or other exotic woods and usually have decorative
and ornate metal ends finished with a gold or silver color. In
Vietnam their best chopsticks have bone, horn or shell decorative ends on rich polished dark wood chopsticks.
to pay a little more for best chopsticks. These chopsticks will start
at about $10 a pair with nice Japanese chopsticks costing perhaps
$20-$30 a pair. All in all it is a small price to pay for the amount of
work, craftsmanship and beauty in such a piece of art as best
You can find chopsticks of the highest quality from countries around the world at
EverythingChopsticks.com as well as other fine online chopstick retailers.
- Wakasa chopsticks handcrafted in Japan
- Nishijin Ori handcrafted Japanese chopsticks.
- Bone and shell handcrafted chopsticks from Vietnam