Photographing Cutlery

Trying to take a nicely lit photo of cutlery can be amazingly hard. That flatware with it’s shiny chrome surface reflects light in all the ways you don’t want for a good image. It is incredibly hard, we know, we’ve tried.

But here is some help from Dustin Dolby with workphlo. This is a great video tutorial on taking a great photo of that dish running away with the spoon. And he even gets into using Photoshop to add more light and clean it up.

Thanks Dustin!

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Bring Your Own Cutlery (BYOC)

Bring Your Own Cutlery

Here at the Cutlery Review we had been promoting what we call the Everyday Carry Cutlery or ECC. But our friends over at Treehugger.com are suggesting Bring Your Own Cutlery or BYOC. Either way it’s a great idea as what’s called “Normal” has changed all around us.

Bringing in your own cutlery reduces waste, helps the environment and on top of all that, you know where it’s been. You handle the cleaning, handling and sterilizing. Any extra little extra thing we can control in these changing times helps.

So we have embraced the term Bring Your Own Cutlery and will do our best to source and promote flatware that we feel can help.

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Meat Thermometer for checking for a Fever

Meat Thermometer for checking for a Fever

A minor bit of a departure from the usual cutlery posts today. Things are a little scary out there right now. And due to bulk buying and hoarding the price of human thermometers has gone sky high. And the availability isn’t great either. So here’s a viable alternative: Using a meat thermometer to check if you have a fever.

The Habor 022 Meat Thermometer has a 4-6 second ultra fast response time with accuracy of ±1℃. The temperature range is -58℉ to 572℉. Be warned that it’s not waterproof so don’t immerse the whole thing in water, just the probe is safe.

To measure underarm temperature:

  1. Check that the thermometer is on.
  2. Lightly press the tip of the thermometer into the center of the armpit.
  3. Hold your arm, or your child’s arm, close against the body so the thermometer stays in place.
  4. Wait for the thermometer to take its reading. This will take about a minute.
  5. Read the temperature.
  6. Clean the thermometer and store for its next use.
Age range (years)Normal temperature range for underarm temperatureTemperature considered fever
0–294.5–99°F (34.7–37.2°C)99.1°F+ (37.3°C+)
3–1096.6–98.0°F (35.9–36.7°C)98.1°F+ (36.7°C+)
11–6595.3–98.4°F (35.2–36.9°C)98.5°F+ (36.9°C+)
65+96.0–97.4°F (35.6–36.3°C)97.5°F+ (36.4°C+)

The above instructions and temp ranges are taken from Healthline.com

We’ll get through this, just stay calm and love each other.

Habor 022 Instant Read Thermometer from Amazon

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David Mellor, Cutlery, the Man and the Company

David Mellor, Cutlery, the Man and the Company

Everyone around here knows we worship David Mellor who is the Eric Clapton of cutlery. And we have to mention Corin Mellor his son who has kept his father’s work alive.

ArchitecturalDigest.com has a great story on David and Corin’s work and the shops in London that I forgot to visit last time I was there. Dammit!

For those unaware I quote the article:

David Mellor, the man and the company, created handmade silver and stainless-steel flatware that an obituary described as embodiments of “voluptuous simplicity.” 

Check out the article at ArchitecturalDigest.com

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