11 October 2010
Since I’m such a Girl Scout about preparedness, I can often be found carrying eating utensils around in my handbag. I carry two sets, so I can share with someone else. My usual compliment is a set of Snow Peak Titanium Flatware (item number SCT-001), supplemented by the Snow Peak Titanium Spork (item number SCT-004). I have, however, been searching for a long time for proper chopsticks to accompany these. I’ve never been fond of Snow Peak’s chopsticks.
Some time ago, I came across Alan Folts’ hand-machined titanium chopsticks, and while I like them very much, they are quite pricey. I’ve also seen stainless steel sets around, but not in the shape I prefer. Plus, stainless is pretty heavy compared to other options.
The other day, while I was at the local Asian grocery store, I spotted a package of Korean chopsticks that looked like exactly what I wanted. They turn out to be aluminum, and only cost 4 USD for five pair. I have no idea who manufactures them, because I can’t read Korean; I just recognize Hangul when I see it.
They are a bit slippery for me, due to the polished finish, but some fine grade automotive sandpaper ought to solve that little problem.
Now, I guess I just need to hit Etsy to find some cute chopstick cases!