The Strangest Cutlery Designs You May Not Have Heard Of
Fork, spoon, knife. Those three basic utensils have been around for centuries and are still in use today. But it wasn’t always that way. In the history of mankind, there have been many strange objects used as eating utensils. Some exist on this list while others have fallen out of use or design entirely; however, they all deserve mention – at least for their sheer strangeness! Here are 10 of the strangest cutlery designs ever conceived by humans
Yes, you read that right: A fork with a curved shape to scoop food up from your plate rather than stabbing it with tines like regular forks do. This one was designed by an Italian company called “C”; however, I am not sure if it ever saw the day of light and was only a prototype, as far as I can tell. And there is even another version of this fork available today in Japan.
Some people call it “Scoop” or “Hook” fork, but I like the term “C-Fork” better since it’s a bit more catchy and memorable. The scooping motion of this type of fork will come naturally to you if you have used chopsticks for a while. If not, don’t worry about not using it correctly-you’ll get there!
Another company made a similar version. It’s called an Origami Fork, designed by Akihiro Mizuuchi (who goes under the name “mizunoaki”) in 2001.
This fork is made of one piece of stainless steel and bent with the help of a machine that can bend metal (an English patent was applied for this). As a result, the edges are very smooth. It feels solid but also soft at the same time, which I found interesting. It’s easy to grip, even though you only hold it by its end section with your fingers (the middle where there are the two corners is separated from the part used for scooping food up). You will be surprised how comfortable it is!
This designer had his own experience using regular forks, so he tried to eliminate their disadvantages originally: He thought that people who use regular forks usually stab their foods too hard because they do not know how to grip the fork properly; hence, it feels like they are stabbing their foods with a stick.
Although regular folks can be more versatile than Origami or C-Forks since you can use them to scoop up portions of food and then transfer it to your mouth (which cannot be done with the latter two), the design of these special forks is really intriguing, especially if you consider how long mankind has been using straight metal rods as tools!
At any rate, I’d love trying out one of those in an upscale restaurant just for kicks and giggles.
The Spoon & Knife comb
Ok, this one might be cheating just a little bit. But you have to admit that it looks more like some kind of torture device than an eating utensil when placed next to its sibling spoon or knife. Regardless, technically speaking, it does fit all the requirements for being classified as both an eating utensil AND a flatware set; so here we are! There are many variations of this type of forks/knives worldwide, including versions from France and Japan, just to name a few. I am sure there are even more out there if you can find them!
These utensils are a little bit of an oddity. This is one fork and one knife bound on opposite ends of the same long handle. There is no spoon in this set, specializing for things like custard, cream soups, and thicker stews. These spoons don’t have much taper or curve to them, so they work well for shoveling food into your mouth without getting messy!
With their longer handles, these utensils are very good at scooping up thick liquids that spill over the side of a bowl (and onto your lap). The design also makes it so you can dip right into some soup and not get any stuck between the tines while eating. Just remember to use your knife first, or you might rip off the spoon.
If all this sounds good, but you don’t want to buy a whole set just for one utensil, no problem! The spoon and knife can usually be purchased separately from other flatware sets. This way, you can have two utensils bound around one handle for a great price! Then it’s just up to you how many spoons vs. knives you want to carry around with you wherever you go.
It is easy enough to get used to using a fork and a knife in conjunction that most people do not give them much thought until it is too late and there are sauce stains on their shirts (you can wear only clean white shirts when eating hot soup).
This one is a no-brainer; who doesn’t know what the Spork is?! A hybrid of the spoon and fork that had been created in order for people to have something functional on hand when eating food from their pockets in public places; hence its moniker “spoon”-“fork.” True enough, it turns out that these little things come in handy quite often! Can we also thank this invention for saving the environment from single-use plastics? Probably!!Type: The Spork is a piece of silverware designed to function as both a spoon and a fork (and sometimes also as something resembling chopsticks, depending on where you are). This cutlery item has been around for quite some time now; in fact, sporks have been dated back to the 19th century!
The first incarnation of the modern-day hybrid spoon/fork happened in 1898 when the Fall River Manufacturing Company created it using an idea from Vesta V. Sheffield, who at the time was visiting families throughout America with her husband Charles B. Sheffield and her aunt A.R. Johnson, taking notes along the way about household items that could be improved.
In 1918, Vesta presented the design of her Spork to a newly formed company that specialized in manufacturing food preparation utensils and was looking for new ideas in order to expand its product range. The rolfe company (now known as World Tableware) mass-produce the iconic hybrid spoon/fork cutlery, which immediately became popular with American school children (and later on, throughout various other parts of the world).
The fact that this utensil comes in very handy when eating in public places or even at home while you’re out of silverware can be proven by simply observing people who are eating with nothing but a cup and a fork or spoon!
Many people were skeptical about the Spork when first presented with it, the main argument being that a “real person” would, of course, carry their own silverware.
But the fact is that since there was no other option available at the time (most people did not go out to eat and just carried what they needed in terms of food preparation equipment), many people took to carrying around these newfangled sporks and even using them on a regular basis!
This one is not exactly new (first patented in 1985), but its recent popularity is what put it on this list, and rightfully so because really? We have all seen these before but never realized just how genius of an idea they really were. It’s called the Knork: An eating utensil that mixes the practicality of a fork with the portability of a spoon… AND adds a handy knife blade for good measure!
There is also a Korkle out there somewhere, but from what I gather, they have been discontinued for quite some time now (that doesn’t stop people from buying them up on eBay).
The Knork is made from extremely durable materials and can easily take the beating that both forks and spoons are wont to give out. If you want one for your own, then they will set you back around $4-5 dollars, not bad when considering the longer you use it, the more cost-effective it becomes!
The only downside I have found so far (other than having to carry a knife with it -but let’s be honest, who carries knives these days?) is that some people might be turned off by its appearance. Also, the handle looks as if it was designed for some alien race, but hey, we all have our likes and dislikes, right?
This one is a more elegant variation of the Spork, designed in order to make eating soup easier. Although since it only looks like a spork with a wider bowl (of course), it might be just as practical.
The Sparkle is an ideal utensil for eating soup or stew. It has a wider bowl, which allows more food to be held in it. In addition, the handle widens again at the end so that one can easily hold it steady like a knife and spoon.
The angle of the bowl’s tilt makes scooping easier, and most people will agree on just how much nicer this looks than regular sporks. But, when I was young, I used to think, “What if there were something on the market that would make eating soup/stew easier?”, and now after some research – here it is!
Even Swedish celebrity chef Robert Ullberg thinks it’s good too: he says that “Even if you don’t have any need for this, I still think you want it. It’s that cool.”
This is a spoon/fork hybrid made for eating soup (or stew too!) out of a bowl. The special thing about this Sparkle is the angle at which the bowl tilts. A lot of people will agree that this just looks so much more sophisticated than regular sporks and forks!
Does anybody else ever wonder why forks only have two tines? No? Well, me neither… But apparently, somebody who wasn’t me thought about this very question at some point and decided to do something about it! Here is the result of their labors:
A three-tined fork. It seems to be a pretty novel idea; I never knew that forks could have more than two times until now. But, even if you think that this is a completely useless item, I can assure you that it’s not. Let me begin by telling you about my life story; then, I’ll tell you what purpose a three-tined fork will serve when the time comes.
A final note from the author: There are certainly more out there than these random kitchen utensils; some of which were not included on purpose so as to give my readers a little room to come up with their own ideas 🙂
These designs are meant only to inspire your imagination and invoke your creativity as you think up new ones [and hopefully submit them to this article]. What we eat hasn’t changed much over time… except maybe in its design and depending on where you live. In fact, our eating utensils haven’t really changed since the dawn of man (excluding Sporks, obviously), but if they were, I can only imagine how wild they would be. What about you? Are there any strange eating utensils that you have seen or used in the past? Post your comments below, and let’s discuss!