Happy 420! So here we have a tiny little spoon. It’s called the Golden Smoke Shovel. It is about 85 mm or 3.35 inches in length. Isn’t this curious cutlery?
It is described as being used for medicines, cigarettes, kitchens, etc. Or as a pipe shovel for smoking accessories. The best description by far is “Micro debugging spoon” because it would really help with my programming work.
The image above was found over at Reddit on We Want Plates. I guess a rather fancy chef thought it would be a good idea to use a lot of cutlery to serve bite sized food. That’s a lot of forks. And probably not a very happy dishwasher.
But this does bring to mind how flatware can affect your meal. We use different spoons for different foods such as soup, dessert, coffee, grapefruit and such. We have different knives for butter, steak and cake. We have a couple of different forks I guess. I remember being in Germany and it seemed every brand of beer had it’s own special glass. With the easy access to 3D printing are we coming up on custom cutlery as well?
We have a set of hanging cutlery in our house that comes in quite handy. Where we use it the most is for picnics or buffet style dining. You just drop it in the middle of the table and if someone needs to butter a bun then there is a knife. Need a spoon for the relish? Right there on the flatware tree, pick it yourself. But we warned most stands are a little tippy as the base isn’t heavy enough but we still find it better than a handful of cutlery in a jar or something.
This hanging flatware by Supreme Housewares includes 4 dinner spoons, 4 dinner forks, 4 dinner knives, 4 salad forks, 4 teaspoons, and one stand. The cutlery and stand are made of stainless steel.
The folks at Alessi sure do have a great collection of cutlery by some very talented designers.
The “Eat. It” flatware designed by Wiel Arets has a interesting concept. The idea is that all the tableware (in particular the knife, fork and spoon) can be stacked upon each other nicely. This lends for a minimalist setting at the table.
This setting for one consists of a table spoon, table fork, table knife, dessert fork, tea/coffee spoon and are made of 18/10 stainless steel.