Cutlery is a hand tool used for preparing meals, serving and eating food. Cutlery can otherwise be called silverware or tableware. The major item of the silverware is spoon, fork, and knife.

In recent times, cutleries have been updated: they now come in hybrids. The functions of the different implement are now combined to make one. Spoon and fork are combined together to make “Spork”. Spoon and knife are combined together to make “Spife”.  Knife and fork are combined together to make “Knork”. The three cutleries are combined together to make “Sporf”.

Cutleries are good dining tools. But the right cutlery makes a meal interesting, delicious and sweet to behold in the eyes.

Kitchen Cutlery set

The word cutlery refers to kitchen implement used for cutting and eating. Therefore, kitchen cutlery set comprises majorly of spoon, fork, and knife which are the tools used for cutting and eating food.

Cutlery set comes in different types. A set can include; soup spoon, seafood fork and a carving knife while another can include a paring knife, salad fork, and a tablespoon.


spoon: a type of cutlery

Spoon is a type of cutlery that is used primarily for serving and transferring food from plates to the mouth. You can also use spoons to measure, stir and mix ingredients.

Most spoons are made from metal, wood, porcelain and plastic. This silverware could have an oval, round, or a shallow shape at the end of the handle and this is usually used to derive prefix to the spoon.


This spoon is mostly used to stir coffee, tea, soups, and cereals.

Place spoon

This silverware is a bit larger than the teaspoon and it is an all-purpose spoon. It can be used for virtually all dining and kitchen use.

Soup spoon

This silverware is used for consuming soup. Some have a round bowl shape while others come in oval shape.

Coffee Spoon

In comparison with other spoons, this is quite small if not the smallest type of spoon. It is used to add sugar and stir a coffee.

Bouillon Spoon

This silverware is used specifically for jellied soup. They are smaller than a soup spoon.

Latte Spoon

They have long handles used to stir hot drinks in mugs. On the other hand, they are ideal for caffe latte, hot chocolate, and milkshakes.

Dessert spoon

In addition to other spoons, it can be used to eat puddings and sweets. They have a bowl like and shallow shape.

Fruit Spoon

As the name implies, they are used to eat fruit like grape, oranges, and melons. The spoon has an elongated bowl and pointed tip, which helps to facilitate cutting of fruits easily.

Demitasse Spoon

This spoon compliment the demitasse cup. It is usually added to the cup to ease the addition of sugar to the content of the cup.

Baby Spoon

As the name of the spoon implies it is meant for babies. It is quite small to fit the desired specification.


Fork: a type of cutlery

A fork is a type of cutlery consisting of handles with several narrow tines on an end. It is usually used to lift food to the mouth or used to hold ingredients in place while cutting with a knife. Forks are placed on the left hands while eating on a dining table.

Salad fork

The fork is used eat salad. It is 6 inches long, large, as three prongs. The outer and inner tines do not match as the outer tines are usually wider and longer than the inner tines.

Dessert forks

Similar in appearance to salad forks, measuring six to seven inches in length, the dessert forks are used for eating cakes, pies, and pastries that follow dinner. It is placed next to the dessert plate or above the dinner plate.

Oyster Fork

Among other forks, this fork is small and has a small handle with three or four thongs suitable for in-shell oysters (usually paired with a knife).

Dinner Fork

The dinner fork is roughly seven inches in length. It is usually reserved for the main course.

Strawberries fork

This fork has three narrow tines which is helpful while piercing a strawberry.

Seafood Fork

The fork serves two purposes, the slim end which is usually double-pronged to pick the seafood and the curved scraper on the other end to scoop out the meat.

This silverware is also called as crab fork, cocktail fork, and lobster fork. The fork shape is appropriate to scoop out the delicious meat of crab, lobsters, and snails.

Fish Fork

Smaller than a meat fork, fish forks are used for lifting, holding and serving of fish. You can identify by looking at the tines which will have un-notched tines of uniform width and length.

Snail Fork

The slender two-pronged snail fork is used to pull or extract the contents of the shell if in case the snails are served in the shells. If the shells are served without the shell, the meat is eaten with the snail fork.


Knife: a type of cutlery

A knife (plural knives) is a tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with most having a handle.

Some types of knives are used as utensils, including knives used at the dining table (e.g., butter knives and steak knives) and knives used in the kitchen (e.g., paring knife, bread knife, cleaver).

Although, some people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen are unaware of the name of different knives that are pulled from the kitchen drawer. Different knives have different purposes and are specifically designed to successfully perform those specific tasks.

Examples are the utility knife carried by soldiers, the pocket knife carried by hikers and the hunting knife used by hunters. Choosing the right knife for the right task makes work easier and hassle-free.

Dinner knife

Dinner knife is used to cut and push food. The only exception is the use of a salad knife in a dinner when a salad knife is not provided.

Likewise, this knife can be substituted for a salad knife to cut an extra-large salad leaf. You can differentiate a dinner knife from the rest by looking at its size. It’s the longest knife, are between 9 1/2″ to 10″ long.

Steak Knife

This tableware is used when to eat steaks. If steak is part of the menu, the regular dinner knife may be substituted with a steak knife. Furthermore, a steak knife can be an addition to the typical 5 piece setting. Serrated or non-serrated edge to cater to specific steak cuts, steak knives are usually 4 inches to 6 inches.

Luncheon Knife

The size is slightly smaller than the dinner knife, the size that appropriately helps balance the proportions of a luncheon plate. It is not mandatory to use a luncheon knife at formal and informal luncheons. A dinner knife is equally accepted.

Dessert Knife

Much smaller than a dinner knife (8 inches long), the dessert knife is the last course of the meal. The dessert knife can be used for dessert, fresh or candied fruit. It doubles up as a bread and butter knife and to cut the delicious cake.

When a slice of cheese is served along with a piece of fruit, a wedge of fig or plum cake, the flavor is at its best when eaten with a dessert knife. The dessert fork usually accompanies a dessert spoon. If so, the fork is used for eating and the spoon as a pusher, depending on the texture of the dessert.

Fruit Knife

Pointed tip and a narrow straight or slightly curved blade or a serrated blade, the fruit knife is usually 6 ½ inches to 7 ¼ inches long. On the dining table, the fruit knife is meant to cut and peel fruit before savoring it.

Butter knife

The butter knife is the smallest of the lot (5 to 6 inches long), the edge does not have a sharp point but a rounded point so that it does not tear off the bread when spreading butter. The butter knife or butter spreader is usually kept on the bread plate. In the absence of a butter knife, a dinner knife can be used as a butter knife or butter spreader.

Whether you’re slicing an apple or boning a chicken, the right knife for the task at hand makes life easier and safer. We recommend you check out our post on Best steel for kitchen knives.

In conclusion when sourcing for the best kitchen cutlery set to dress your dining always go for designs that are readily available and are in the same pattern. For more suggestions on cutlery set, you can add your contribution to the comments.


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