Mantis chopsticks
Mantis Chopsticks Logo Mantis Chopsticks side view
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The Mantis is for those of us that think using chopsticks is a fun way to eat and wish to expand their use even on soups (Udon, Ramen), custards, fluffy grains and non Asian dishes. The Mantis forms a spoon on one end when the two members are fitted together and the wide shape of the "talon" ends help extend the range of things that can be physically picked up. Please note, prior knowledge of handling chopsticks is recommended, but you may consider an alternate grip as shown in a video later on this page if it helps.


Mantis Infographic


Normal Mode

The straight pointed ends of the Mantis can be used as conventional chopsticks. This was a deliberate design choice to preserve familiarity with traditional use and individual holding habits.

Normal Mode Illustration

Spoon Mode

The two pieces can interlock together to form a spoon. Held gently, the seam is precise enough to facilitate handling of liquids (such as soup) with low enough drip to be practical during use.

Spoon Mode Illustration

Pinch Mode

Turning the spoon portions sideways provides pointed ends which curve inwards. This allows for finer tweezer-like control of smaller food items or an enhanced "hugging" grip of larger, slippery, food items in scenarios where a fork or serving tong would normally be needed.

Pinch Mode Illustration


Using Mantis chopsticks traditionally
Holding the Mantis in spoon mode


The Mantis is made of a high performance, semi-exotic, resin (PPS) carefully chosen, with health as a priority, for it's molecular stability at temperatures beyond what's possible with the common everyday kitchen plastics (such as nylons, polycarbonates, polypropylenes, polyethylenes, melamines etc) under the premise that a molecularly stable material will be less likely to leak anything of either known or unknown risk while in contact with foods. As such and unlike common plastics made with plasticizers/softeners that might migrate to foods over time, introducing potential endocrine disruptor (and other) health concerns, the Mantis resin is not known to contain, or off-gas, any (non-infinitesimal) amounts of the typical health-suspect compounds such as Phthalates, BPA, BPS (Bisphenols), azo compounds, halogenated aromatic compounds, or dioxins/furans. Ultimately, we chose this material because we felt it was one of the safest for ourselves and our families.

A few key points about the resin itself:

Mantis Top View


Common sense warnings for use around (or by) young children since, due to the pointed edges, the chopsticks can be a poking hazard. Similarly, bitting-off small pieces can become a choking hazard. Furthermore, this is a glass reinforced resin and should avoid grinding and inhalation of dust particles from it under Proposition 65 for Glass, oxide, chemicals (CAS # 65997-17-3)