Japanese Copper Graters


In high school I was obsessed with learning everything I could about Japan, and there was a period where I was happily immersed in the country’s language, history, religion and art. Sadly, my grasp of Japanese has dwindled to just a few common phrases, but my love of Japanese culture, particularly its visual culture, has only strengthened with time. I was drawn to Japan in my youth because I felt a connection to the principles I saw reflected in their art: a love of nature, simplicity and organic form. To this day, I have an acute weakness for Japanese goods of all shapes and sizes, and these beautiful little copper graters are no exception.

According to the site, these graters are made using traditional techniques dating back to the Edo period: A sheet of copper is pounded with a hammer to strengthen the metal, and the shape is cut by hand. Then, after coating the copper in a thin layer of tin, the tiny teeth are cut and formed one by one. I doubt you could find a durable, useful kitchen tool as beautiful as these graters; when mine comes, it’ll be front and center so I can admire it every time I walk by. There are three designs — spatula, turtle or crane — and you can purchase them online from Poketo. — Kate

  1. Gosh, am I the only one who sees bread shapes with these graters? Or cookies? Slap on some dough, press to fit, flop over and presto! Insty turtle-shaped bread. Amazing! Now I wish I could see something fiber-related (aka yarn) but I don’t, but the morning is yougn.

  2. Priti says:

    Oh, thats great! Don’t believe even graters can look pretty hah…. Nice to see though. :)

  3. Kimberly says:

    Those are lovely…whimsical without being kawaii. I’ll be adding the crane to my wish list.

  4. Wow – these would be lovely and unique house warming gifts, or wedding presents.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Mecha kawaii, yo!

  6. Irina says:

    I too love all things Japanese. You might like the work of a young Japanese artist who draws in 3D using two sketchpads. His work is quirky but really cool. I wrote a blog post about him.

    http://girlfrombk.blogspot.com/2012/08/3d-art-by-nagai-hideyuki.html

  7. Horseradish says:

    I LOVE these things. I picked one up in Japan (spatula shaped) and it’s indispensable for ginger-heavy kitchens. Feels great in the hand and leaves you with delicious, string-free ginger pulp! To the first commenter: they’re pretty tiny and very sharp — might work though!

  8. very simple and beautiful colored designed , that i think fit in a lof of kitchens over the world, however doesn’t look that ergonomic designed at all.

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