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History of Chopsticks

Chopsticks are a 5000 year old eating utensil invented by the Chinese. They consist of two sticks made of wood, plastic, metal, ivory, jade or other material. There are multiple types of chopsticks:

  • The Chinese and Vietnamese style chopsticks are traditionally made of wood, between 9 and 10 inches in length, with a thick rounded end. Fancy chopsticks may be made of silver or gold and have calligraphy print on them.
  • The Korean style chopsticks are usually made of metal, wood or plastic, between 7 and 8 inches in length, with a blunt end.
  • The Japanese style chopsticks are usually made of wood, between 7 and 8 inches in length, with a sharp pointy end and may have writings or art on them with a lacquer finish.



All styles of chopsticks consist of two sticks used to pick up food, for cooking or eating. Using chopsticks requires hand coordination and a lot of practice. This makes it difficult for people whom infrequently use chopsticks to eat with them without dropping the food.

Most family members in families that use chopsticks at home, have their own private chopsticks that they use with meals. Larger, thicker, chopsticks are often utilized in the kitchen for cooking and on the table for serving the food.