The Knork or “Nelson Fork” by Horatio Nelson

The Knork or "Nelson Fork" by Horatio Nelson
Image: World War I era knork / Science Museum London

Knife, fork and spoon. That’s the three basic categories of cutlery. But you can crossbreed and mix and match, as seen here:

Today we are going to talk about the “Knork” which is the love child of the Fork and Knife. In short, you get a fork that you can use to cut your food before stabbing it and getting it into your gob. Now look at the photo of that old time knork up top. That’s a scary looking rusty blade attached that’s just looking to slice open the corner of your mouth isn’t it? I’m not going there.

But if you only had one arm like Horatio Nelson then this might be your only option. Horatio Nelson was a British naval admiral who went to war with Napoleon in 1798. And it cost him his ark which was amputated aboard a ship. So for his arm and efforts the British Army gave him a golden Knork which was thereon referred to as “Nelson’s Fork”.

The modern day Knork is a lot more practical. Back in 2015 Oprah Winfrey even a knork set on her list of favorites.

And that was a historical cutlery lesson for you.

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