The Knork or “Nelson Fork” by Horatio Nelson

The Knork or "Nelson Fork" by Horatio Nelson
Image: World War I era knork / Science Museum London

Knife, fork and spoon. That’s the three basic categories of cutlery. But you can crossbreed and mix and match, as seen here:

Today we are going to talk about the “Knork” which is the love child of the Fork and Knife. In short, you get a fork that you can use to cut your food before stabbing it and getting it into your gob. Now look at the photo of that old time knork up top. That’s a scary looking rusty blade attached that’s just looking to slice open the corner of your mouth isn’t it? I’m not going there.

But if you only had one arm like Horatio Nelson then this might be your only option. Horatio Nelson was a British naval admiral who went to war with Napoleon in 1798. And it cost him his ark which was amputated aboard a ship. So for his arm and efforts the British Army gave him a golden Knork which was thereon referred to as “Nelson’s Fork”.

The modern day Knork is a lot more practical. Back in 2015 Oprah Winfrey even a knork set on her list of favorites.

And that was a historical cutlery lesson for you.

Esmeyer Sylvia Cutlery

Esmeyer Sylvia Cutlery

Simple, understated and elegant. Sometimes the cutlery needs to stand back and let the food be noticed first. Sometimes it needs to be the solid supporting character in the play of flatware. This set by Esmeyer called “Sylvia” is cutlery that does just that.

Esmeyer is a European distributor of flatware, cutlery and tableware for more than 65 years.

This setting consists of 6 knives, 6 spoons, 6 forks and 6 teaspoons. It is made of 18/0 stainless steel.

A solid price for a solid set of cutlery.

Esmeyer – Service for 24 “Sylvia” from Amazon

What is the plural of cutlery? Is ‘cutlery’ an uncountable noun?


[ kuht-luh-ree ]

cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
the trade or business of a cutler.

What is the plural of cutlery? Is ‘cutlery’ an uncountable noun? Is it cutleries? Or is it just cutlery? In Canada we say multiple beer are beers but multiples moose are not mooses.

Pluralisation is a grammatical conundrum. Can flatware be flatwares? Can silverware be silvewares? They all seems to be cursed. Spoon is spoons, fork is forks, knife is knives but cutlery and flatware just don’t seem to enjoy being pluralized.

Over at they say “cutlery (countable and uncountable, plural cutleries)”. This isn’t helping. And someone else says “Cutlery is an uncountable noun. We cannot say a cutlery, but we can say, the cutlery, some cutlery or much cutlery.”

In an interesting article at Akeem Lasisi dives into this unusual cutlery writing problem. It’s something that has plagued us for years and we find it interesting. You might not, but we do, and sometimes we do post for us 🙂

Read the article at

Anytongs: Instantly Turn Your Flatware Into Kitchen Tongs

Kind of a gimmick but a great idea for using cutlery!

Anytongs can instantly turn any of your tableware into multifunctional kitchen tongs. Use it with forks, spoons or whatever! You use the tension strength to easily and quickly connect various flatware and it is securely fixed in place during use. The rubberized groove is tapered, suitable for flat handles of various widths, shapes and even curves!

With this clip, you have the best of both worlds! Use multiple tongs for your existing tableware without letting all the extra clumsiness take up valuable storage space in your kitchen.

Anytongs Bbq Clip Kitchen Tongs Kitchen Tools from Amazon