HIBI chopsticks are made from natural wood. The lumber is naturally dried for two to three years. When it is ready to be worked, it is first cut into planks, and then into sticks. The types of wood used for HIBI chopsticks are “Sakura” which is light and supple, and “Tetsuboku” which is hard and strong.
The base sticks are cut so that the top part has eight sides. Between the top part and the tip, the form is arched so that it fits better in the hand. The tip is pointed to make it easier to pick up food.
Each chopstick is polished thoroughly to feature the natural texture of wood and make it nice and smooth.
The raw edges at the top of the chopstick are carefully shaved. This is a very delicate process that requires a trained and steady hand. This cut serves as an accent to the HIBI design.
Natural bee wax is applied by cloth. The chopsticks are then dried by a cooling fan. This step makes the wood softer so that they are pleasant to hold.