This is a Christmas gift idea for that cutlery freak that you live with (we don’t know anyone like that). This is the finest of forged flatware. A very simple but elegant Brass Tasting Spoon. It doesn’t hold much, only a teaspoon’s worth. It’s long at 8.25 inches and the spoon bowl circumference is 1.5 inches. It’s a tasting spoon so I guess it doesn’t need to hold much. But usually you have a whole container load of tasting spoons to use when cooking. I guess you could just use, rinse and repeat?
With shipping it’s over $100 but hey it arrives in a flannel protective bag! It’s custom ordered hand hammered just for you. It’s a one-of-a-kind gift! Reminds us of the nice pickle spoons (more on that later) they have in Japan.
All kidding aside, this is a nice looking spoon and would make a great gift.
Illustrator and animator Hanna Norberg-Williams made this short film about neurodivergent people called “Eating Soup With A Fork.”
We here at the Cutlery Review love cutlery and cutlery related things that support people and culture. And this fits this bill. It’s not just all about forks, knives and spoons. And it’s not just about food. It’s about people.
Hanna’s comment on the film: “Eating soup with a fork makes no sense as a concept – it’s using the completely wrong tool for an otherwise simple task.”
This film’s animation style and sound design is a delight. And a great insight into how some other people interact with and see the world. We are all different, we are all unique and we are all wonderful.
So much confusion here. Is the best choice for eating ramen chopsticks and a spoon? Or is it a fork? Or is it a spork? Or a Scoon?
Your first choice is this wonderful piece of cutlery that I would classify as a Foon from the Museum of Modern Art. The Ramen Fork/Spoon or Sugakiya spork is made from stainless steel and will handle all your Ramen eating needs. Made of dish-washer safe stainless steel it is 7 3/4″ long x 2″ wide x 1 1/2″ diameter.
Your second choice is the “Scoon” which is available at most Asian product Dollar stores. It’s plastic, it has holes in it to act as a strainer. It’s cheap. It’s flimsy. It’s cute. We can’t seem to find a reliable source online to order it, sorry.
We were watching a movie the other day (don’t ask which one) and a character brought in a plate and said the following line: “It’s Rugelach served with a cake fork.” Of course we jumped at the words “cake fork”, and that led to a deep dive research into what is a “cake fork”? This was new flatware to us. Unknown cutlery as it were.
According to Wikipedia: A pastry fork, pie fork or cake fork is a fork designed for eating pastries and other desserts from a plate. The fork has three or four tines. The three-tine fork has a larger, flattened and beveled tine on the side while the four-tine fork has the first and second tine connected or bridged together and beveled.
So one of those tines is different, why? Here’s the rub: It therefore the left side widened to be used like a knife to cut the food when pressed down on the plate. Left-handed pastry forks have the right side widened instead.
So it’s a right or left handed fork with a special edge for cutting cake and that little notch in it for who knows why?
Let us tell you why. It’s not just used for cake and pasties. It’s used for fish and meat to as the notch can be used to help remove pieces of skin and delicate bones from your meal. Wow, this is getting confusing but interesting.
So you want to buy a pastry/cake/pie/meat/fish fork? Pictured above is the Fortessa Lucca Faceted Appetizer/Cake Fork. It’s made of dishwasher safe 18/10 stainless steel and sold in a pack of twelve. Look close in the photo, it’s got the notch!