woodpecker is a brand of MANAITAs (chopping boards) made from Japanese ginkgo trees.

We use only wood, not pressed boards.

The remarkable character of our MANAITA is that it is gentle to knife blades and hard to dent since the wood itself is soft and self-recovers.  Professional chefs in Japan have been using them for a long ago.

If you regularly use Japanese cooking knives, you should use MANAITA for the aforementioned reasons.  Most Western chopping boards are made from stiffer wood such as maple or walnut and are not suitable for Japanese cooking knives.


We have four categories of MANAITAs depending on the designs and sizes:

Large (5 SKUs | WOOD-001 ~ 005)
Medium (4 SKUs | WOOD-006 ~ 009)
Small (4 SKUs | WOOD-010 ~ 013)
Others (4 SKUs | WOOD-014-017)
(A total of 17 SKUs)

The owner of the brand, FUKUI Kenji, comes from a family of woodworkers (craftsmen who make wooden parts for Buddhist implements, household Shinto shrines, and portable festivity shrines).

woodpecker is located in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan, where Japanese knife makers rooted in the SAMURAI swords manufacturing are accumulated.
1-8-22 Nakacho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Postal code: 153-0065
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