The Notation Knife – Musical Cutlery

The Notation Knife - Musical Cutlery

A little bit of musical cutlery history today. This is flatware that really sings.

These very rare knives are known as notation knives. They are inscribed with a thank you for the meal prayer: ‘The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.’ On the other side the inscription reads: ‘The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.’

These 16th-century knives are in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Musée national de la Renaissance at Château d’Ecouen in France.

Each knife represents one part for a singer. A set of knives creates a complete symphony chorus of voices.

Reproductions can be found here:

Read more information and hear the music being performed here:

Pott 22 – 5pc Setting – Cutlery by Carl Pott

Cutlery by Carl Pott

Pott was an old school classic German knife guy and then the company switched gears, here’s a quick bio:

“Carl Hugo Pott already was founded in 1904 in Solingen, the so-called knife-town (Klingenstadt) in which for 800 years the production of knives is located. Still today the cutlery companies Picard & Wielpütz, Carl Mertens, Paul Wirths and Zwilling J.A.Henckels are based in the small German town. The founder Carl Hugo Pott at first dealt in his of the workshop with the production of knife-blades of Damascus steel. With the entry of the son of the founder in 1932, Carl Pott, the family company changed to a cutlery manufacture.”

So from what I can tell it’s Carl Jr. who took the Pott company into cutlery. And he designed this amazing set of cutlery shown above called “Pott 22”. Here’s the very interesting story behind it’s design:

“Carl Pott got the idea for this design while sitting under a chestnut tree and watching a leaf fall. The organic shape became the inspiration for the spoon and the other flatware pieces were derived from it. The double edge knife has a serrated backside, ideal for carving into a piece of meat, while the other side is perfect for actual slicing. As the flatware of the 1972 Munich Olympics, the design became world famous.”

A double sided Dinner knife? Love that!

This 5 piece setting includes a Dinner fork, Dinner knife, Dinner spoon, Dessert fork and a Dessert spoon.

Pott 22 – 5pc Setting from Amazon

Hugh Jackman’s Wolverfork

hugh jackman wolverfork

Hugh Jackman is known for playing the comic book X-Men character Logan aka Wolverine. And one of his recent Instagram posts had this interesting piece of cutlery for us all to wonder about.

Is it a fork or a threek? “Forks have four tines; tridents have three. One is for eating; the other is for ruling the sea.”

This killer flatware looks to be some solid adamantium construction.

Any of our cutlery readers know where to source this fork from?

mono Ring Flatware

mono Ring Flatware

Yup, the company name is all lower case: “mono” and like their name they keep their cutlery simple. We really do like flatware with rings at the end around here. It’s easy to hang on a nail. pot rack or cutlery stand and just looks really nice.

“German flatware maker mono has brought back the iconic mono Ring Cutlery Set. Missing since 1994, this set offers uniqueness, practicality, design and functionality all in one. Originally produced in 1962, this flatware set was made an instant classic in Germany, designed by Peter Raacke and redesigned by Mark Braun.”

Produced from the highest quality German steel the 5 piece set includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Table Spoon and Teaspoon.

mono Ring Flatware Sets in Black, White, Blue and Grey from Amazon