The Pastry fork, Pie fork or Cake fork

We were watching a movie the other day (don’t ask which one) and a character brought in a plate and said the following line: “It’s Rugelach served with a cake fork.” Of course we jumped at the words “cake fork”, and that led to a deep dive research into what is a “cake fork”? This was new flatware to us. Unknown cutlery as it were.

According to Wikipedia: A pastry fork, pie fork or cake fork is a fork designed for eating pastries and other desserts from a plate. The fork has three or four tines. The three-tine fork has a larger, flattened and beveled tine on the side while the four-tine fork has the first and second tine connected or bridged together and beveled.

So one of those tines is different, why? Here’s the rub: It therefore the left side widened to be used like a knife to cut the food when pressed down on the plate. Left-handed pastry forks have the right side widened instead.

So it’s a right or left handed fork with a special edge for cutting cake and that little notch in it for who knows why?

Let us tell you why. It’s not just used for cake and pasties. It’s used for fish and meat to as the notch can be used to help remove pieces of skin and delicate bones from your meal. Wow, this is getting confusing but interesting.

So you want to buy a pastry/cake/pie/meat/fish fork? Pictured above is the Fortessa Lucca Faceted Appetizer/Cake Fork. It’s made of dishwasher safe 18/10 stainless steel and sold in a pack of twelve. Look close in the photo, it’s got the notch!

Buy the Fortessa Lucca Faceted Appetizer/Cake Fork from Amazon

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Beautiful Brass Spoons by zzzojka

Spoons by zzzojka

While scrolling through a popular website the other day we came across the photo above. Us and everyone else was amazed by the wonderous and creative spoon designs. They are not currently for sale but that doesn’t keep us from appreciating the incredible work. Creative cutlery at it’s best. This is fine flatware.

We reached out to the creator for permission to post the photo and they agreed. Here’s a few comments from the creator about their work:

Yep, spoons are a cool thing, they fight gravity to feed us 🙂

That’s brass that they use to make cooking pots from, copper+zinc, lead free : I’m still shocked you can make jewelry and basic metalsmith at home, lol 🙂 First you cut shapes with a jeweller’s saw frame, sand edges, then solder parts with a portable gas torch, clean and polish, done!

It is kind of affordable if you thriftshop (I hope it’s the right term) tools and learn with youtube 🙂 Have a look at “riogrande” – they have some classes on basics. Maybe it will work out for you!

Check out more of work by zzzojka on Instagram

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Cutlery Sets That Made Design History

Cutlery Sets That Made Design History

The very nice folks over at Domus have written a very interesting article about 20 cutlery sets that made design history. It is a really well researched piece about flatware through time that are influential in their design. This isn’t your regular knife, fork and spoon. And of course they have a slide show of photos.

“Extensions of our hands, they embody an etiquette that imposes rules on the use closely linked to social norms. Between continuity and experimentation with shapes and types, a selection of unmissable and iconic cutlery sets.

“Cutlery is a clear symptom of (lack of) social belonging if it is used inappropriately. Placed on the plate in a certain way, it gives the waiters unequivocal signals about our appetite and the enjoyment of eaten dishes. At the table, it should be laid out according to a real etiquette. However, we do not care about it, preferring a casual table setting that rewards closeness and conviviality by sacrificing the etiquette itself.”

This is a great history lesson in design and form versus function.

Check it out at Domusweb.it

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Is it Flatware or Silverware? What about Cutlery?

Is it Flatware or Silverware

Which is which? Is flatware also silverware? Is silverware flatware? What’s the difference? Here’s a quote from the Big Bang Theory that helps set the stage:

Sheldon Cooper : Jacuzzi is a commercial brand, hot tub is the generic term, i.e., all Jacuzzis are hot tubs, but not all hot tubs are Jacuzzis.

Zack : Is that like all thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs?

The difference between flatware and silverware is that flatware are eating utensils. Cutlery, such as forks, knives and spoons while silverware is anything made from silver.

In the 1800s the word flatware was used to refer to anything shallow and flat used at the dining table to eat.

Cutlery is a separate thing altogether. Cutlery refers to knives and cutting implements and originates from the old French word “coutelier” (modern French: couteau) which means knife. So technically flatware and silverware could include cutlery, but cutlery would only refer to knives or cutting implements. But nobody really thinks that anymore.

So to sum up: All silverware is flatware or cutlery. But not all flatware or cutlery is silverware.

Got it?

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