K-Ribbon Award Winner
[Chilmong] Korean Ottchil Wooden Chopstick Set - Natural Brown
This product is a K-Ribbon recipient!
K-Ribbon is a coveted label given by the Korean Ministry of Culture for excellent craftwork that showcases Korea's cultural and historic traditions.
Chilmong's Ottchil Chopstick Set is one of them.
These Ottchil Chopsticks are masterfully carved and laboriously coated with 9 layers of Ottchil.
What is Ottchil (옷칠)?
Ottchil is a traditional Korean lacquer technique.
It uses the secretions of the Korean "Ott" tree.
Collecting, refining and applying this Ottchil sap is a nuanced and delicate process - requiring decades of experience to master.
At Chilmong, only sap from Wonju Ott Trees is used (as it contains the highest-quality sap).
The required time to makes these chopsticks - from carving to coating 9 layers of Ottchil - is 21 days!
When properly applied, Ottchil lacquer produces an incredibly durable finish on wood.
The lacquered wood will not rot, discolor or deteriorate with extended use… or even when exposed to water.
(Typically, wooden utensils start to rot and discolor at the tips after a few months of rinsing. Rest assured, this will not.)
Furthermore, Ottchil also creates a natural 99.9% antibacterial surface!
This is why Ottchil has long been known as the best material for tableware in Korea.
Chilmong's chopstick set are also beautiful.
Available in a natural, brown ottchil color.
why oh why aren't the chopsticks sold alone? You have to buy the SET? In order to get the chopsticks, I bought the set and the bowl of the soup spoon is maddeningly small. Isn't Korea a soup culture? When you look at the metal chopstick and spoon sets, the spoon is appropriately sized for guk. Not here. Tiny spoon, you'll be eating soup for hours. The chopsticks are strangely light and have no heft to them. They look a lot like the ones sold in stores for $6 for a dozen. But I'll trust that they are different.
- Premium Korean Ottchil Chopsticks - hand-lacquered, traditional method
- Awarded "K-Ribbon" Designation by the Korean Government
- Ideal weight & length (24cm) for eating everyday meals
- Set includes: 1 Spoon + Pair of Chopsticks
- Available in a natural, brown color
[Chilmong] Korean Ottchil Chopstick Set - Natural Brown
Set includes 1 spoon + pair of chopsticks
Spoon : 4.2 cm (width) x 24 cm (length)
Chopsticks : 1.5 cm (width) x 24 cm (length)
Awarded K-RIBBON Designation
Chilmong Ottchil Spoon & Chopsticks were distinguished with the K-RIBBON mark
It's given to excellent cultural products that possess Korea's unique cultural values
This is awarded by the Korean Ministry of Culture
Coated with Korea's Highest-Quality Ottchil Lacquer
The spoon and chopsticks are coated with 6 layers of Ottchil Sap (from Wonju Ottchil Trees)
Wonju Ottchil Trees are known for producing the highest-quality sap for Ottchil lacquer
When the surface of Ottchil Trees are scratched, the tree releases sap
This sap is carefully collected and skillfully refined for use as lacquer
The coating process, in which layers of lacquer must be repeatedly applied and left to dry, requires great patience
Producing lacquerware is a notoriously prolonged and labor-intensive process, which has sometimes been called the “art of time”
Ottchil Sap is Harvested by Master Ahn Young Bae
Extracting Ottchil Sap requires decades of skillful experience and know-how
Chilmong's Ottchil Sap is extracted in Wonju by Master Ottchil Harvester, Ahn Young Bae (license shown above)
Why Wonju Ottchil?
Wonju Ottchil Trees contain the highest amounts of Urushiol, a natural oily compound
The higher the concentration of Urushiol, the higher the quality ↑
In one year, Wonju Trees produce only 80-120kg of Sap - limited supply makes it an expensive material
When lacquered with Wonju Ottchil, craft items can last for a lifetime, and acquire anti-bacterial properties
Ottchil Lacquered Items have a 99.9% Anti-Bacterial Surface
Chilmong Ottchil Cutlery can be helpful in guarding your health
Ottchil surfaces are 99.9% anti-bacterial - bacteria is unable to grow on them!
Futhermore, Ottchil is free of any heavy metals, carcinogens or environmental hormones (test results shown above)
Why choose Chilmong?
Distinguished as K-Ribbon Product by Korean Government
Awarded 14+ design patents in Korean Cutlery
Mad with Korea's Best-Quality Ottchil Lacquer (Sourced from Wonju Province)
99.9% Anti-Bacterial - safe for everyday use
Heat resistant up to 200°C
Perfect balance of weight & length for everyday eating
Check out the design details
To prevent wear, the tips of the chopsticks are lacquered 3 additional times (using Wonju Ottchil)
The tips of the chopsticks are also rounded in design - to make it easier to grab (and stab) foods
The ends of the chopsticks are rectangular-shaped - they will not roll around or off the table
The length of the chopstick (24cm) is perfect for holding & reaching for foods
Chilmong can be found at Korea's Top Destinations
Incheon International Airport
Korail (High Speed Rail)
Seoul Arts Center
Korean Folk Village
Korean Cultural Heirtage Foundation
Refrain from biting down on the chopsticks themselves - this may damage the ottchil coating
The tips of the chopsticks can wear down if dragged along rough surfaces (be wary of using in cast-iron)
Do not place for long periods in high heat
Do not apply excessive pressure or trauma to the chopsticks
How to Wash
- Do NOT use the hard side (green) of a kitchen sponge - use the soft-side instead!
- Do NOT soak the chopsticks in water for long periods of time. If there are food pieces stuck, soak it for 2-3 minutes, then wash-off with a soft sponge
- Do not boil chopsticks (to clean). Ottchil surfaces are already 99.9% anti-septic - no need to sterilize
- It's fine to rinse Ottchil chopsticks with just water (no soap needed) - bacteria will not grow or spread on its surface
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