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Kent Wang Ebony Chopsticks (6 Pairs)

Kent Wang Ebony Chopsticks (6 Pairs)

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Carved by hand.
Can't say that's high on my list of dream jobs.
Never been a fan of Chinese-style chopsticks. Maybe I just need to improve my technique, but Japanese ones are a lot easier to use, imo. I even prefer stainless steel Korean ones to fat-tipped ones like these.
I've seen some folks complain about these ( tikkytak and xraymind recently for example ). I ordered some and would be more than happy to give an unbiased take on them, and I'll even try to swing by a local asian grocery here in Charleston (we have a big one called H&L for anyone around these parts looking for one) and pick up some of the inexpensive ones to compare these KentWang ones against.
Utterly ridiculous, Staining? Bending? Expensive? "Shutup and take my money" is a meme not a life philosophy.
Go to an asian grocery and pick up similar chopsticks for under $5. Mine are over 5 years old and always go in the dishwasher. Out of all the ridiculous hipster crap they have in here I had to comment on this one as I know there is a better alternative.
tikkytak
Yea, the local Daiso(Japanese 100 Yen store) here in California sells a pack of 3 pairs for $1.50.
How do I find the Japanese version (shorter, more pointed tips)?>
bobkoure
Google.com
These are beautiful, simple, elegant and inexpensive.
KentWang couple of my chopsticks started to bent which makes them very difficult to pick up food. is there any way to straighten them or get them replaced?
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would being soaked in water for a prolonged period of time cause this as well since theres no lacquer finish?
DocZZZ
Soaking in water by itself shouldn't be a problem, but if you also have something heavy pressing on the chopsticks, that could cause warping. For example the chopsticks are at the bottom of your sink and you have heavy pots pressing down on top of them. This is true of all wooden utensils.
The photos can't properly convey how nice these chopsticks feel. The quality is just absurdly good and they're probably worth twice the asking price.
How do we take care of these to make sure they last? Do we need to treat them with wood oil and if so how often? Thanks!
reptile18
and is normal extra strength dish detergent going to be too harsh? should we use a more sensitive dish soap to clean these?
reptile18
I wouldn't worry about any of that. Maybe some wood oil every year, if you like doing that kind of thing. I personally do no maintenance. My parents have ebony chopsticks over 30 years old that they've done no maintenance on and still look great.
So random... chopsticks? Stick to sunglasses lol
KentWang crazy question, but small communities like this tend to give opportunities like this to ask crazy questions directly to the people behind products sometimes which I dig. I watched the video Benu had on their site (link at bottom of this post) and noticed they had several different sets of chopsticks in use, including yours. Do you by any chance know why they choose different sticks for different uses/dishes? Wondering if there are advantages/disadvantages to using certain ones, or if they change the experience of certain dishes.

https://vimeo.com/261390865
KennethAndrews
Thanks for posting this great video. I haven't seen it before.

0:26—Flat metal chopsticks, may be Korean style, or may just be made to match the spoon. I find these hard to use and they give my hand cramps, though if you're Korean and have been using these for years, you're probably used to it.

2:02—Extra size cooking chopsticks, Japanese style, tapering to a point. They're unusually long and thick, for grasping dumplings from a large cooking vessel, but the wood looks pretty utilitarian.

2:35—My chopsticks! The best style for eating with.

BTW, the soundtrack is the theme from the film "In The Mood For Love", my favorite Chinese film.
KentWang
I thank you very much for the in depth answer! I also have not had the best experience with metal chopsticks. I appreciate the look but I find them cumbersome and am not fond of the way they feel when they occasionally bump up against my teeth (which is odd because as an American I've grown up completely with metal utensils and didn't start using chopsticks until the last 10 years of my life!).

I also felt that the other wooden style looked..."utilitarian." A very diplomatic description! ;)

Your chopsticks are lovely, and I look very much forward to getting a set, as well as hopefully those amazing looking horn chopstick rests (I do hope they come back soon!).

And lastly I thank you for adding a new movie to my movie queue. And it even has a Criterion edition out there! Nice addition to my collection!
This is probably the white dude in me talking, but these chopsticks look like the exact opposite of what I'd want. Round up top for comfort of holding, and square at the bottom to more easily pick things up.
Telanis
You can try holding them backwards
Telanis
I once owned a cheap pair of bamboo chopsticks that had round tips and square ends, except that the square portion of the chopsticks had a quarter-turn twist. The square ends actually DO help you keep hold of them because they give an edge to grip against. I find it helps me to maneuver the sticks easier when picking up heavier or more cumbersome pieces of food versus round chopsticks.

My only concern with these chopsticks is that I would prefer a thinner tip, but at this price I am willing to try these out and see if my preference is unwarranted.