Nothing like a properly soft boiled egg and toast soldiers for breakfast.
And what makes eating that egg in a special egg cup is the very special egg spoon. The egg spoon has a shorter handle and a round and wide tip for getting into the shell and scooping out that delicious eggy-wegg at the very bottom. A normal teaspoon is usually too wide in the bowl and not delicate enough for this procedure. It’s all about the right tool for the right job. Now we do preach here at TheCutleryReview.com that you should not have “single purpose tools” in your kitchen and we have found the egg spoon works well for another use. Funnily enough that includes eggs as well, sort of. They make pretty good caviar spoons as well.
Endurance Egg Spoons Stainless Steel Set of 4
Designers I-Ting Chan & Ting-Yin Yeh have created a complete tableware setting for people with cerebral palsy or other nerve control disorders. A lot of work is done in this area that relies on technology and gadgets rather than good design (sadly I’ve noted this more than once) and this set has a lot of good design.
The Benefeat spoon can be adjusted to any angle and has an ergonomically shaped silicon handle. The rest of the setting considers the angle of the bowl or plate, non-slip pads, anti-spill designs and the intent to allow the user easier access to the food to feed themselves.
This is flatware in the truest sense. It is a 20 piece set with fork, knife, spoon and dessert spoon and the design is from stamped stainless steel. A great set with a great value.
“Fornuft” is a silly name for a flatware set I said to myself. A little googling and looking closely at the photo shows that this is an Ikea product. “Fornuft” translates into “reason” which I guess fits considering this is a reasonable flatware set.
If you can’t get to Ikea you can always get it from Amazon:
Fornuft Casual Flatware Silverware 20 Piece Set
So what do you call those tools that you use to prepare and put food in your mouth? I am speaking specifically of the fork, knife and spoon. Cutlery, flatware, utensils, tableware, silverware or what? Let’s look at some definitions:
Cutlery – 1. cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food. 2. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
– 1. any of the instruments or vessels commonly used in a kitchen. 2.
any instrument, vessel, or tool serving a useful purpose.
Flatware – 1. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food. 2. dishes or containers for the table that are more or less flat, as plates and saucers.
Tableware – the dishes, utensils, etc., used at the table.
Silverware – articles, especially eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc.
After reading these definitions my vote is for cutlery as the others are either too vague or too inclusive. But here’s the rub, the Internet on the whole believes that cutlery is all about knives. If you look at the image with this article, you can probably understand why. And this isn’t a regional issue from what I can tell, we all have the same issue. It seems everyone only sees the word “cut” in cutlery.