Sooooo…this was sent in by a reader and we were a little taken aback initially. It is, practically, a DIY essential oil burner. It is a great use of an old spoon you might have kicking around and a block of wood. But this use of cutlery smacks of another popular use that seems unsavory.
So the question to our readers is what would your reaction be if you saw this in someone’s home?
Bring-your-own cutlery (BYOC) is getting a lot more attention these days due to health concerns. Taking your own cutlery to the office or eating out at cafes is more common now. One of the draw backs of various portable packed flatware was size and easy of use. They tended to be tiny weird plastic contraptions. The company “hicorfe” looks to address that with this set of portable adult sized utensils.
This is a proper knife, fork and spoon in carrying case. The knife has decent serrations for cutting meat and they all have nice wooden handles. The durable case is made from food grade PP Plastic and the cutlery from 430 stainless steel and natural wood. They had some problem with the case design but rebuilt it and are offering refunds on old ones.
They are a decent size as well: 7.8 inches knife, 7.5 inches fork, 7.6 inches spoon and 9.3 inches for the carrying case.
Not dishwasher safe due to the wood on the handles but this really should just be hand washed and dried properly before being put in the case.
Together they have created the Pebble which is a bring-your-own cutlery (BYOC) set made from recycled CDs.
The kit comprises of a knife, a fork, a spoon, a straw and a set of chopsticks that fold away inside a case that can be easily carried.
To reduce the risk of transmission, many businesses have temporarily stopped using single-use plastic cutlery, which has seen a surge in popularity during the pandemic.
“The wasted CDs are first sorted and cleaned which means separating and purifying the feedstock, removing and recycling where possible contaminants such as cases and foreign waste material” Pentatonic cofounder Jamie Hall.
The Wirecutter has always been an amazing website for product reviews and advice. I was a little worried when the NY Times bought them but they continue to be wonderful.
They have an amazing page called “How to Choose Flatware According to the People Who Design and Make It” and boy oh boy does it cover everything. If you are looking to buy cutlery or just want to learn more about the construction this is the site for you.
The article is so full of info it needs a Table of Contents, check it out:
This is our favorite quote: “A single five-piece flatware setting (meaning a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon) can cost anywhere from a few dollars for stainless steel to well over a thousand dollars for sterling silver.”. Something we see here at The Cutlery Review everyday and try to help you with.