We aren’t sure how this legend of cutlery escaped us all this time. A single piece of cutlery so infamous that it carries it’s inventor’s name. This is the Gray Kunz Spoon.
First of it’s pronounced “koons”. Gray Kunz, a successful New York chef who worked at Lespinasse, was being driven crazy by crappy flatware. He needed a spoon for cooking food or just platting dishes and what he had didn’t work. So he created his namesake tool to do just that. With a deep bowl, tapered edge, holding 2.5 tablespoons; a short handle, easy to control and perfectly balanced. This was the spoon he and every chef needed to created their dishes quickly and efficiently.
He had them manufactured in the late 90’s and soon every chef had one or wanted one.
Sadly, Gray Kunz passed away in March 2020. But his legend lives on.
J.B. Prince U715 S/S Chef Gray Kunz Sauce Spoon from Amazon
JB Prince Gray Kunz Spoon – Special Edition
Damascus Pattern from Amazon
The Wirecutter has always been an amazing website for product reviews and advice. I was a little worried when the NY Times bought them but they continue to be wonderful.
They have an amazing page called “How to Choose Flatware According to the People Who Design and Make It” and boy oh boy does it cover everything. If you are looking to buy cutlery or just want to learn more about the construction this is the site for you.
The article is so full of info it needs a Table of Contents, check it out:
This is our favorite quote: “A single five-piece flatware setting (meaning a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon) can cost anywhere from a few dollars for stainless steel to well over a thousand dollars for sterling silver.”. Something we see here at The Cutlery Review everyday and try to help you with.
Check out the article at The Wirecutter
Well, we seem to think after writing a blog about cutlery and only cutlery for over ten years that we would be some sort of experts. Nope! The TheStar.co.uk has run not one but two cutlery quizzes and we failed horribly.
Do you think you know your fine flatware from your silverware? These are mostly historical pieces but you’ll learn something about cutlery all the same.
Check out the two quizzes and their answers below and let us know in the comments how you did!
Seriously though, what up with that fork’s forked tongue?
Sheffield cutlery expert fun picture quiz
Picture Quiz Answers
Sheffield Picture Puzzle #2
Picture Puzzle #2 Answers
OK, wow! We have to call out the amazing website EatingUtensils.net! We stumbled across this site that has the most comprehensive collection of cutlery history.
They have knife facts, spoon facts, fork facts, chopstick facts, toothpicks, drinking straws….you name it and they have it.
This incredible site is a one stop shop of all things flatware. If you came here looking for info for your school paper on cutlery, go there!