There has been a flurry of activity on the Internets this past week about the twirling spaghetti fork. There are many styles and types of spaghetti forks out there so we will take a look at a few choices…
The manually operated Donkey Blue Rolognese – Wooden Twirling Spaghetti Fork is from a German company and seems to be focused on children. But a very simple design made of sustainable wood and stainless steel makes it seem very practical.
The PK Twirling Spaghetti Fork is battery powered and got the most attention on the Internets. This powered cutlery requires two AAA batteries and they claim dishwasher safe, but we’d take out the batteries first.
And last but not least and our favorite solution is the For-Ghetti Spaghetti Fork from the Rehabilitation Advantage Store. This simple design requires no cranks or batteries. It’s genius design is four specially-designed nubs on each of the outer tines to catch and hold the spaghetti in place. This is function over form design in flatware.
There have been a lot of requests to us for more info on this product. We’ve found a bit more…
In Food Courts, Buffets and Cafeterias there are usually an open tray or bins of cutlery for you to take what you need. Sometimes there is an issue with contamination with the dirty hands of the public grabbing in that bin of forks, knives and spoons. Many times there is a problem of people taking extra cutlery home with them (it’s more common than you think).
In comes the Dixie® SmartStock® Cutlery Dispenser which automatically dispenses pre-counted and pre-assembled cutlery packages. It dispenses prewrapped Dixie brand disposable plastic recyclable cutlery.
Bring-your-own cutlery (BYOC) is getting a lot more attention these days due to health concerns. Taking your own cutlery to the office or eating out at cafes is more common now. One of the draw backs of various portable packed flatware was size and easy of use. They tended to be tiny weird plastic contraptions. The company “hicorfe” looks to address that with this set of portable adult sized utensils.
This is a proper knife, fork and spoon in carrying case. The knife has decent serrations for cutting meat and they all have nice wooden handles. The durable case is made from food grade PP Plastic and the cutlery from 430 stainless steel and natural wood. They had some problem with the case design but rebuilt it and are offering refunds on old ones.
They are a decent size as well: 7.8 inches knife, 7.5 inches fork, 7.6 inches spoon and 9.3 inches for the carrying case.
Not dishwasher safe due to the wood on the handles but this really should just be hand washed and dried properly before being put in the case.
The Knork Black Matte Titanium Coated Stainless 20-Piece Set as shown above is using the strength of their patented design. This hand forged 20 piece black silverware with service for 4 set includes 4 each of dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon and teaspoon.
Interestingly they list the flatware item weights: Dinner Fork: 7.625” 78 g Salad Fork: 6.75” 65 g Dinner Knife: 9” 95 g Teaspoon: 6.75” 75 g Tablespoon: 7.625” 90 g
They claim to be dishwasher safe 18/0 stainless steel but ask you don’t use lemon or citrus scented detergent. I’m assuming they are concerned the citric acid could remove the titanium coated finish. In particular they call out Finish brand: “Using a non-citrus stainless steel liquid detergent is recommended, as any powders or pacs tend to be abrasive or harsh and can ruin the finish if they are not dissolved properly. This includes especially the Finish brand tabs with the red power balls in the middle, which seem to be the hardest to dissolve.”