I contacted Overstock before buying this item to find out where it was made. They replied and informed me it was made in Japan. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and there was a big gold "Made in China" sticker on the surikogi (wooden pestle) and no origin labeling on the suribachi (mortar). I would have been happy to pay more for this item elsewhere to ensure that I wasn't buying something for food preparation made in China given the melamine (food) and cadmium (toys) fiascos in the past and had hoped that contacting Overstock directly would have prevented this. Very disappointed.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
I have been looking for a well made manual can opener to open #10 (gallon size) cans with out breaking the bank. Most openers for #10 cans are restaurant quality and run in the hundreds of dollar range. I am not a restaurant but do on occasion open #10 cans when making home made salsa and soups. After burning out numerous electric openers, and going through many cheap manual openers from china, I came across this opener on line, not much was said about it other than it was made out of stainless steel and had soft grips, figured what the heck and took a chance. This opener is by far the best manual opener for the money yet, opens #10 cans with out effort and no metal filings left on top of the can, also opens regular size 12 oz cans much faster than any electric opener I have ever had. This is a great well made product for the money.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? polished stainless steel, as advertised
Please tell us about the quality of the product. appears to be very well made, rustproof stainless steel
How accurate was the on site description of the product? The product is much better than advertised