These kitchen tools were designed specifically for the Japanese market in order to meet the needs of the users unmet by the original OXO kitchen tools from USA. Japanese cooking often involves lighter and more delicate manipulation of ingredients compared to Western cooking. Part of the reason for this is that Japanese food is often cut into small pieces so that one can eat with chopsticks without having to cut with a knife. Such differences were considered into the development of the new OXO kitchen tools. The product line also includes more Japan-specific products such as the Daikon Grater that has been re-engineered to surpass the performance of the conventional Japanese graters. The tools were commercialized on a worldwide basis in April 2006. OXO Daikon Grator: Good Design Award Gold Prize, 2006

MATERIALS: Stainless Steel, Santoprene, Engineering plastic, ABS resin / DIMENSIONS: Precision Tongs 280x33x30mm, Daikon Grater 131x200x40mm / PROJECT STARTED: September 2003 / COMPLETED: April 2006 / DESIGN AND DIRECTION: Shunji Yamanaka / DESIGN ENGINEERING: Hisato Ogata / CLIENT: OXO International