The Chinese have been wielding chopsticks since at least 1200 B.C., and by A.D. 500 they had swept the East Asia from Vietnam to Japan. The Chinese were taught to use chopsticks long before spoons and forks were invented in Europe.
The fabled ruins of Yin, in Henan province, provided not only the earliest examples of Chinese writing but also the first known chopsticks; bronze sets found in tombs at the site.
Chopsticks were strongly advocated by the great Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479BC). Chinese people, under the cultivation of Confucianism, consider the knife and fork as bearing a sort of violence, like cold weapons.
Chopsticks reflect gentleness and benevolence, the main moral teaching of Confucianism. Therefore, instruments used for killing must be banned from the dining table, and that is why Chinese food is always chopped into bite size before it reaches the table.
The Latinised name “Confucius” is derived from “Kong Fuzi” (孔夫子 Kǒng Fūzǐ, literally “Grand Master Kong”).
This is a modern, contemporary take on an ancient utensil. These Kong Fuzi Chopsticks are heavily based on the classic Chinese variety. They feature textured ends and are crafted in the world famous Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham from pure pewter.
These Personalised Kong Fuzi Chopsticks can be engraved with either initials, a name or date on each chopstick, in a variety of fonts to make them that much more personal. A beautiful gift for yourself as a passionate connoisseur of East Asian food, or for a person in your life with a fervour for eastern culture or philosophy.
It is possible to have both chopsticks engraved with up to ten characters on each chopstick. Please let us know what you would like engraved for each specific chopstick.