When I was a young man, having a beer bottle opener hanging around your neck was very useful. And it meant a lot of people would come up to say hello and leave a small spritz of beer on your shirt. This travel cutlery available at UnCommonGoods.com has the bottle opener and a knife, fork and spoon. Stainless steel with a plastic case and lanyard that comes in black or orange. You’ll never drop your spoon under the table again.
This 53-piece set from International Silver is a setting for 8 people with 8 steak knives, 2 serving spoons, a serving fork, butter knife and sugar spoon. It’s 18/0 stainless with a classic looking teardrop design and it is a good value. But it brought to me the question, what is Bead Flatware? I first thought it was bead blasted for a matte finish, but that isn’t the case. Bead cutlery or better named “beaded” is the decorative design of tiny little beads along the handles. So now you and I both know, we learned something today.
Plastic cutlery is making people very angry these days. The production of plastic cutlery uses melamine which caused the pet food poisonings of late. And think about this for a second, this is a one use item that doesn’t break down. Environmental disaster at your picnic! But problem solved thanks to “Vegware” whose cutlery is made from potato and corn starch. It will biodegrade in your compost in 180 days and is heat resistant up to 105°C/220°F. I wonder if they considered making it edible? 🙂
Achillie Castiglioni’s Dry Cutlery design has been chosen by the London Design museum as one of the top designs over the last 25 years. This list also included the iPod and the Freeplay Windup radio. Achille died in 2002 and is still considered one of the top industrial designers of our time. Made of both polished and matt stainless steel, this work designed in 1982 continues to have an effect. Cutlery as functional art? Yes indeed.