This was sent to use by a longtime reader. They asked if it was killer cutlery or fatal flatware?
A spoon connected to a gun?
Is this an artistic statement that we are killing ourselves with what we eat?
Is that medicine in the spoon? Are we forcing by threat someone to take the medicine?
This piece is by Anita Larkin. Here’s her bio:
Anita Larkin is represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney. Using collected domestic objects, casting parts of the human body in bronze, and beeswax, making felted forms, and materially transforming salvaged broken objects, her sculptures question repair and brokenness, playfully disrupting the familiar.
So many questions. We took a look at the artists website and found no clues.
See more work at https://www.anitalarkin.com/
This set gets lost in translation. The information on who made it and what it is called gets a little screwed up. So here is the details.
It is made by: Yamazaki Metal Industry or YAMAZAKI KINZOKU KOGYO Co. LTd.
This set is called: ZUION
Put that all together and it’s:
YAMAZAKI KINZOKU KOGYO 5 Piece Silverware Set Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Elegant Flatware Set with Forks, Spoons, Knife | Amaterasu Isejingu |- ZUION made in Japan
And it’s amazing looking. Their write up about it on Yamazakitableware.co.jp really tells the story:
The images of Grand Shrine of Ise transposed onto tableware.
It is a special model developed in commemoration of the construction of a new shrine and transfer of the enshrined artifacts from the old to the new. Five traditional companies collaborated in designing and crafting a complete set of stainless steel cutlery, hammered copperware, ceramics, lacquerware and fabrics. Our company not only produced the cutlery but led the coordination and unity among the five chosen makers. In 2013 we dedicated a complete tableware set each to The Hall for Special Prayer and The Main Sanctuary. The motif of the tableware set came from the view from the Uji Bridge in the Grand Shrine of Ise looking over the clean flowing waters of the Isuzugawa River. Most significantly, we played a part in passing down the highest level of Japanese craftsmanship to later generations.
The is cutlery of the highest order. This is fine flatware. It’s pricey but it’s Japanese design culture at it’s best.
Every time a guest at my home would comment on this cutlery I would quote to them:
The design based on the pure flow seen from the Uji of Ise-jinqu shrire expresses the elegance and wabi sabi of the Japanese.
YAMAZAKI KINZOKU KOGYO 5 Piece Silverware Set from Amazon
We’ve been in so many situations where you just need a good fork and nothing fancy. Sometimes cutlery doesn’t need to be bone handles and sterling silver. Sometimes it just needs to be a solid piece of stainless steel with a good edge. Times like in the summer at the cabin or in your first apartment. Sometimes we need a “that’s just fine enough flatware”.
We think this is that flatware. The Tribal Cooking 20 Piece Stainless Steel Silverware Set is a sold service for four for a really great price. Every set includes four dinner forks, salad forks, serving spoons, and tea spoons. They are made of dishwasher safe 18/10 stainless steel.
These are slightly larger cutlery and not a small set. It comes in a nice box for giftwrapping and giving to that new apartment dweller or cabin owner.
Tribal Cooking 20 Piece Stainless Steel Silverware Set from Amazon
Sometimes we push the limits of the definition of “cutlery” here at The Cutlery Review. We don’t post about knives much because they are a world unto themselves. It’s like the world of wine but we don’t like red, you get it? So cutlery sometimes includes kitchen gadgets, sometimes it’s things that hold cutlery. It’s our blog and we blog about what we want and most of the time it’s cutlery, flatware, utensils, tableware, silverware or whatever it’s called at home. Whether it’s a fork, spoon, knife, spork or knork we’ll cover it.
But we acknowledge that this time we are pushing it a little. I mean, it is a fork. Just look at the picture above. It’s a nice shiny chrome fork. But how it’s used is rather medieval, actually it’s actually medieval. How it is used puts the “evil” in medieval. You looked ahead to the next picture didn’t you? Cheater.
So ya, that’s how it’s to be used.
Here’s the definition:
“A medieval torture device which consisted of a two-sided fork which would be strapped to the victims neck so that any movement of the jaw caused extreme pain.”
Nice huh? Not something we would want to wear. Oh, you do? OK, we don’t judge. What ever you do with your cutlery at home is your business.
Here’s a link to buy a nice fancy one (ADULTS ONLY):
Leather and Stainless Steel Heretics Fork from Amazon