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


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.


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!