Tableware & Dinnerware
The Story of Forks
Before we begin delving into the world of forks, let us be clear that we are not talking about the town mentioned in the Twilight series. We are talking about the common cutlery pieces found in almost all Indian homes. A formal dinner table is incomplete without an entire set of different types of silverware that are placed in a set order with each piece being used for a different course of the meal. So, let’s take a quick peek at these pieces of silverware and their history.
Forks Through History
If Sheldon Cooper wanted to educate you about these cutlery pieces his show would be called “Fun with Forks”, and why not? These pieces of silverware have a long history. Experts believe that the Bronze Age Qijians used a pronged implement made out of bones. The ancient Chinese dynasties, especially the Shang dynasty have also been known to use similar implements that were carved out of bones. However, the development of the modern era silverware is credited to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used this piece of cutlery extensively. In fact, the use and make of this implement spread from Rome and reached all over Europe. So, by the time the British came to India, they had defined silver cutlery sets with multiple pieces and each piece was designed to be used for a particular course of the meal. The term “silverware” also comes from around this time period, where the nobility, and the rich used cutlery made out of silver.
Now, that we have briefly delved into the history of this pronged implement, which is commonly used to hold meat down as you cut it or to lift food from the plate to your mouth. Let’s take a look at the types of these cutlery pieces that are commonly used and preferred.
Types of Forks
There are too many forks in the world and it is difficult to cover their variety and types in one go. So, here we will examine the most common types of these silverwares available in the market.
1. Kebab Stick
A kebab stick can mean one of two things or both. There are two-pronged skewers available in the market. These are known as Barbecue skewers and are used to lift and flip large pieces of meat such as steaks, fillets and so on. The other type refers to the two-pronged device used to easily slide-off cooked kebabs from skewers.
2. Fruit Fork
Fruit forks are tiny in comparison and are used to skewer pieces of fruits such as apples, watermelon, kiwis, and so on and lift them to your mouth with ease.
3. Long Fork
A long fork could mean several things, however, for this instance let’s assume that it is your regular piece of cutlery. This piece of silverware is generally used during the main course to roll and lift spaghetti or noodles to your mouth. You can also use it to hold your meat as you cut it, and then lift the small piece to your mouth.
If you are planning to buy a cutlery set for your home, then online shopping sites such as Flipkart host a range of these products from brands such as Floraware, Jamboree, Crew4 and so on. For now, that’s all Forks!