Whenever I try to rub my chopsticks together (regardless of etiquette; the places I go to aren't that fancy) to get rid those splinters on the cheap wooden chopsticks, I usually end up with more splinters than before all over my chopsticks.

Is there a better way to get rid of the splinters, by a different way of rubbing them, or otherwise? Thanks!

  • Do you notice any splinters before rubbing the chopsticks together?
    – Lawrence
    Feb 9, 2018 at 15:51
  • Some people travel with chopsticks, the kind that are lacquered, to avoid the use those 'break apart' one time ones.
    – Willeke
    Feb 10, 2018 at 12:46
  • @Lawrence, Yes, there's quite a bit when I first split them apart Feb 10, 2018 at 18:01

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keep a small piece of wire wool handy, rub each chopstick gently and then wipe with a napkin

  • Huh, steel wool! I'm guessing the very fine kind, since it's wood that can easily splinter? Creative, but ideally it would be either just by rubbing the sticks or with something I'm already carrying. Thanks though! Feb 10, 2018 at 18:10
  • any - with steel wool its more about the degree of "give" that the material being rubbed down has. Even coarse wool would do since the wood is softer than the wool. Keep some in your pocket in a plastic bag Feb 12, 2018 at 8:39
  • are there other uses for steel wool, where having it can be really handy? Also, won't the steel wool scratch away at the plastic bag, eventually causing holes? Feb 13, 2018 at 14:58
  • @StevenChoi no, it won't - it only abrades with pressure. You know when you buy headphones they come in a little resealable bag? re-use one of those. Feb 14, 2018 at 8:41

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