Piece Cutlery

Piece Cutlery
Piece Cutlery

The Evolution Of Cutlery And Tableware

Cutlery refers to any type of utensil that is used for serving, preparing and eating food. Cutlery was traditionally used by the western world. Many times people will refer to knives or other cutting tools as cutlery though cutlery also include forks and spoons. There are even hybrid pieces of cutlery like the knork, spork and spife.

Cutlery was traditionally created all over the world though much of the industry became concentrated in Birmingham and Sheffield in England. Birmingham focused on creating swords that went by the name of long cutlers and Sheffield specialized in knifes. These knives were first forged from silver but as technology evolved stainless steel began to be used for cutlery.

The knife was the first piece of cutlery used as it was first used mainly for hunting and then traveled into the kitchen. The knife was the only main piece of cutlery until the 14th century when the fork became popular and was used for dining. Cutlery was traditionally made by craftsman, Henckels, being a famous German company. Today the very well known silver cutlery is considered very dear and is on the level of porcelain and crystal glass.

Many times people feel the need to purchase large cutlery sets that may contain every type of serving piece, fork and cutting knives that are available. However you need to be aware of what you will use. Most households only actually use a basic tableware set and a chef's knife, slicing knife, paring knife and a bread knife.

There are also different functions for the different cutlery pieces. On a very formal table with many courses you will find 3 different types of forks, several spoons and a knife. Each of these pieces has a use and if you are only serving one course then you do not need the full set of cutlery. Very good quality cutlery tends to be made of silver but these can require special cleaning and polishing.

Using a comparison online is a great way to find the best price for cutlery. Not only can you compare prices between store and you can also read peoples comments. There are some great deals to be found online but you need to make sure you are buying from a reputable seller. There are sites that can provide you with important cutlery information if necessary. Many times people will need some help knowing which knives are used for certain jobs and cooking websites can be a great help. They can also recommend specific brands.

While most cutlery is either made of stainless steel or silver the handles can be made of many other types of material such as mother of pearl, bone, tortoise-shell, horn, ivory or silver. These handles tend to be decorative in nature and can even be carved.

Generally every day cutlery tends to be made of stainless steel while special occasion cutlery is made of silver. Stainless steel cutlery today is made using molds but when cutlery was first made one person would take that serving piece from start to finish.

About the Author

Annie is an expert furniture and interior design writer. Her current area of specialism is armoire, tables and christmas decorations

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The remarkable history of Cutleries   by For Your Home

This small article browses through the history of Cutlery and the way it carved out its path to our dinner table. It was fun being part of its history while writing by us at For your better homes and gardens.Hope you too while reading would enjoy visiting its past.

The history of cutlery probably begins in the Stone Age with the shell and the sharp flint used for cutting meat and other food items. It is amazing to know that everything about Kitchen cutlery right from its design to material used in its make to the manufacturing process and even its applications from the days it originated has seen a massive transformation. The old times with its bare look with needed use, today, cutleries define the fine art of showcasing your dinner table, a symbol of how conscious you are about fine dining. Cutlery term is normally used to describe various types of instruments for cutting, preparing, and eating food. In addition to different kinds of knives and the stainless steels to sharpen them, the term usually encompasses forks and spoons. Flatware as a term means spoons and forks, pieces that are made flat and are then beaten or pressed into shape. The history of cutlery and flatware is one of evolution and change as changing eating habits and tastes have been constantly met by cutlers and silversmiths.

Cutlery in its most basic form stuck with human roots right from Stone Age when our ancestors substituted their tooth and nail fighting with food. Knives were made out of stones in early days which were replaced by copper, bronze and even silver and gold when mining of those metals began. Finally steel and other varieties of steels have replaced other materials for the blades of instruments for cutting. In fact every modern kitchen knife is a direct descendant of these early tools. Coming to Spoons, have a more recent history. Its minute applications were found in prehistoric times, courtesy the discovery of fire which meant that early human beings had to find some way to get hot food and liquids into their mouth. The ancestor of the spoon was probably the sea shell. The fork came later, giving us an idea of our recent eating sophistication or could we see, teeth break. The very thought of we always saying about knives and forks, never forks and knives, also confirms the forks recent history. Anglo-Saxon forks have been found - dating back to the 9th century - but these tended to be little more than a skewer, sometimes with two prongs. Interestingly, it was the Italians who first started using forks giving us an idea about their eating habits. As our desire for taste grew and became more stylish, specialized tools for particular foods were developed. An early example is the fish knife, made with a silver blade tapered to part the flesh from the bones. Then, there are egg spoons and grapefruit spoons and many different knife shapes for cheese, butter, cake, bread and so on. These innovations are mostly early 20th century but are now widely accepted.

Looking at its manufacturing history, making cutleries was started with crude process invented in the small confinement of our Stone Age ancestors. Later, few selected craftsmen started carving out cutleries for public use with craftsmen skills. As the need and acceptance of cutlery grew, mass production and advanced techniques of manufacturing were invented. However, the cutler's craft or industry was long marked by the successful resistance of the handicraftsman to mass production. Small shops, with from one workman to a half dozen, were characteristic. Certain localities have become known for the excellence of their cutlery. In Spain, the Toledo blade was famous when the sword was an important weapon. Solingen, in Germany, and Sheffield, in England, famous for Arthur price and other brand manufacturer, has been noted for their cutlery since the middle Ages. From the days where carving out purposeful, practical cutleries, it spread out to artistic makeover with even the likes of great Michelangelo painting on his personal cutlery. Nowadays etching your custom design or name of your family on silver cutleries is common.

As we can see, Cutlery has gone through major changes from helping our ancestors eat their food to today giving our dining table, a style statement. This remarkable journey was worth writing for us, hope it was for you while reading. Before going further, don't you think, they deserve small round of applause.

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