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12 Ways To Use Chopsticks

By | source: May 23rd, 2023

I am a chopstick expert. I could probably write a textbook on the subject. The way I see it, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who use chopsticks and those who don’t use chopsticks. If you are one of the latter, then you should definitely invest in a pair and start using them immediately! It will change your life (and maybe even improve your posture). If you already know how to use chopsticks but want to learn more ways to get the most out of them, read on:

Finger Pistol

  • Hold the chopsticks like you would hold a pistol.
  • Point your index fingers outwards, towards the target.
  • Pull your thumb back and put it on the bottom of the sticks (this can be difficult to do, but don’t worry).
  • Then quickly snap them together so that they make a loud clacking sound, while still holding onto them loosely enough so that they don’t break!

Righthand Rule

If you’re right-handed and want to use chopsticks, start by picking them up with your right hand. Your left hand should be holding the food or plate that contains it. This will help keep both hands busy and prevent confusion as to which one is doing what.

Your dominant hand (the one most comfortable writing with) should also be able to control the chopsticks with little effort while holding onto whatever else needs holding with its counterpart.


Vulcan is the most popular way to use chopsticks. It involves holding the sticks in the middle and gripping them with your thumb and forefinger. To use Vulcan, hold one stick in each hand and place them at about chest level with your palms facing down. Then, grip both sticks tightly using your thumb and forefinger as you would if you were gripping a pen or pencil (as opposed to holding them like two baseball bats).

Standard Grip

You can use the standard grip when you’re eating something that has a lot of sauce or is messy, like dumplings or spring rolls. This is also known as the “bowl” grip because it’s similar to how you would hold a bowl with chopsticks.

Holding your dominant hand in front of you and keeping your thumb and index finger together, place the tips of both pairs of chopsticks between them (not completely flat on top). Your middle finger should be placed along one side of each pair, while your ring finger rests against its counterpart on the other side. Rest both sets against each other so they don’t separate from each other during use and keep them balanced by pressing down slightly at their center point where they cross over each other–this will help prevent them from sliding out from under your control if they get too slippery due to oiliness or moisture content within foods being held onto by said utensils!

Forsaken Pinky

The pinky is the forgotten finger. It’s not as strong, it’s not as dexterous, and it doesn’t have much of an opinion about anything. But in this case it can be used to help hold the chopsticks together: place your pinky on top of your ring finger so that they form a triangle with the stick between them (see picture). You’ll want to keep your thumb and index finger together while gripping both ends of the chopsticks firmly in your palm (with some space between each).

This method allows greater control over where you place food items on your plate or bowl–and also makes it easier for beginners to learn how much force should be applied when picking up noodles or dumplings!

Beetle Mandibles

The beetle mandibles are the two pincers at the end of its mouthparts. They are used for picking up food and moving it to its mouth. The chopsticks can be used in much the same way, but they have other uses as well. For example, if you want to pick up something from your plate or bowl, simply place one chopstick on top of your food item and use the second chopstick as if it were a pincer: lift up until both ends are even with one another (this will ensure that you don’t drop anything), then gently move back down until only one end is holding onto whatever it was that you wanted to pick up!

It’s also possible for these utensils’ metal tips–which often come sharpened–to puncture plastic containers containing liquids such as milk or juice after being dipped into them; this makes them great tools when trying out new foods such as ketchup packets!

Chicken Claws

Chopsticks are a great way to hold food. You can use one or two sticks, depending on what you’re eating and how hungry you are.

For example, if your meal is small enough and easy enough to pick up with chopsticks alone (like sushi), then use both sticks to hold it in place while taking bites. If your meal is too big or messy for this method and requires more finesse than just pinching pieces between the tips of your fingers (like fried chicken), try using just one stick while moving things around with the other until they’re ready to eat–or at least neat enough for presentation purposes!

Dino Claws

Chopsticks are great for picking up small pieces of food, but they’re also useful for larger pieces. If you have a piece of food that’s too big to fit in your mouth with chopsticks, don’t worry! Just use them like tweezers: hold one end between your thumb and index finger, then pinch the other end between two chopsticks. This will keep everything intact until you’re ready to eat it (and it will make you look super stylish).

Idling Thumb

  • Use your thumb to hold the stick.
  • Keep your pinky in the air, but don’t let it touch anything else. This will allow you to use your thumb as a lever for control of the chopstick and keep it from slipping out of place or spinning around when using it to pick up food items, such as rice or noodles.

Dangling Stick

  • Use chopsticks as a drum stick.
  • Make a xylophone out of chopsticks.
  • Turn your chopsticks into a whistle by cutting the ends off and placing them in water for about five minutes, then blowing through them to make sounds! This will work best if you have wooden or bamboo chopsticks, but it’s possible with metal ones too (just be careful).
  • If you’re feeling ambitious, try making an entire flute out of your pair: Cut one end off each stick and then carefully bend them until they’re shaped like an open tube (or use some wire to secure them together). Once this is done, put one end over another so that both holes are facing upward; now place something heavy on top of this structure (such as bricks) while holding down onto its bottom part so that no air escapes from either hole–you should begin hearing notes being played!


Hold the chopsticks like a pair of scissors, with the tips pointing away from you. The longer end should be in your dominant hand and the shorter end in your other hand. Use these chopsticks to pick up food, but not to eat it–think of this as more of a tool than an eating utensil. Use this method to eat dumplings or spring rolls: simply hold one end of each dumpling between two chopsticks (one on each side), then pinch them together and use them like tongs to pick up another dumpling from its wrapper before popping both into your mouth at once!


There are many ways to use chopsticks. Chopsticks are a versatile tool, and there are many ways to use them. The most common way is to hold them in a standard grip, with your thumb and index finger gripping the top half of each chopstick while your middle finger rests on the bottom half. This allows you to pick up food with ease–and it’s also important for safety reasons! As you can see, there are many ways to use chopsticks. They’re not just for eating! If you want to learn more about the history of these devices or how they came about in the first place, check out our other articles on this topic.