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.
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):
Everyone in the discussion seems to be losing their mind about the Sesame Street Cutlery shown above. The Spoon Big Bird, Fork Bert and Knife Ernie are a good looking set of flatware to say the least.
We’ve looked everywhere and are unable to source them for sale unless you want a second hand set from e-bay. I doubt they are dishwasher safe and to be completely honest they are probably made from old school pewter with lead or some other junk metal. Hopefully not. But it they do it would explain the antics over at Reddit.
The discussion about this cutlery we linked to above at Reddit went so far off the rails that this happened:
It seems if you start to talk about treasured childhood icons people really start to lose their minds.
So, what can I learn from this about cutlery you ask? Well, we did learn that children really get possessive about things like the flatware they eat with. To that point that they would refuse to eat anything at all without their magical Big Bird Spoon. So firstly make sure to buy three sets of said magic cutlery when they show this tendency. And second make sure to carry a set in your bag when you are out and about eating at a restaurant or as a guest.
I keep thinking the Valentine’s Day was an invention to sell cards. I have strong memories of all the cards bought and scribbled on and then put into classmates boxes. Some were clever with moving parts or Star Wars characters. I even have a set of Pez Valentine’s cards in my collection. But they all ended up in the garbage. It was in this recollection of cards collected in my past that I realized that we should have special flatware for Valentine’s Day.
So here are some wonderful forks. I forking love these. You would give this cutlery to someone you give a fork about. Someone you spoon at night.
Theses forking forks are engraved using high-quality laser engraving machines. This forking fork is made of stainless steel. It is approximately 8” in length, 0.8” in width and 0.05” in thickness or girth. And this fork comes wrapped in a delicate gift bag. Cunning cutlery indeed.