During the Victorian age, touching food with bare hands was unacceptable. As a result, everyone had to learn to recognize all the different accompaniments to the usual dinner service. To supplement this, primers on deportment and manners were produced. One was Manners and Tone of Good Society, which emerged in 1879.
However, even if we are in the year of our Lord 2023, it is still important to know how to use our cutlery properly. It helps us cultivate a more presentable image. In addition, it is a sign of goodwill to the people we eat with.
In this article, we’re recapping some of the most useful cutlery inventions known in the history of man.
The knife is one of the most useful and innovative cutlery inventions, as a precursor to other dispensers, as those Dispenser Solutions produce. It is also considered the oldest cutlery ever produced and innovated. The knife can easily slice through hard objects, and food, thus making it a convenient tool for cooking.
Stone knives were still in use during the Neolithic age and became more advanced. Finally, during the Bronze Age, metalworkers forged the crudest versions of what would be metal knives. Their shapes were designed for warfare and, to a small degree, eating.
The spoon is one of the oldest eating tools made in the earliest eras of human history. According to Wikipedia, the spoon is a utensil that consists of a shallow bowl (also known as a head), oval or round, at the end of a handle.
The difficulty of eating soup without utensils was the catalyst behind the invention of the spoon. During the Palaeolithic era, the precursor to our modern-era spoons was simple bowl-shaped designs that sometimes looked like modern spoons.
To eat liquid or semi-liquid food, you use spoons. In Southeast Asia, spoons are commonly used. In the Philippines, the spoon often replaces the knife when cutting meat. However, if you do that in Canada, it results in disciplinary action.
Chopsticks are the utensil of choice for Asians. Chopsticks are pairs of equal-length sticks, predominantly used in most of East and Southeast Asia for over three millennia. To use chopsticks, you wield them in your dominant hand and secure them in your fingers.
The origin of chopsticks can be considered quite funny. Confucius’ detested dislike of the knife led to its inception. The earliest origins of chopsticks highly likely were twigs.
Forks are a staple of Western cutlery. They have long handles terminating in a head that branches into several twines.
As early as the Bronze Age Qijia culture (2400–1900 BC), the Shang dynasty, as well as later Chinese dynasties and forks, existed. Forks were also in use in Ancient Egypt.
The usage of forks only became more common a thousand years ago. In 1004, the first mention of using forks was recorded at a wedding. In this wedding, the Greek niece of the Byzantine emperor used a golden fork at her wedding in Venice.
Sometimes you will be surprised the most useful gadgets around you are the ones that are just nearby. This is because they are not just for usage but also a reminder of how fun and zany history can be.
Rosette is known for advocating a sustainable lifestyle. That’s why on her free days, she spends her time writing about sustainability efforts and other ways to help the environment thrive and heal at a time of drastic climate change.