Bring Your Own Steak Knife (and Fork)


An article posted by Bee Wilson on The Guardian website’s Life & Style blog is titled “Bring Your Own Cutlery: Why We Should All Carry Our Own Knives and Forks.” Following is a short excerpt from the interesting and informative article about the practice—and suggestion that the tradition continue—of bringing your own knives, forks and necessary cutlery to restaurants.

In China and Japan, a “bring-your-own-chopsticks” movement has sprung up. Could a similar trend take off here, or are we too wedded to disposable plastic cutlery? 7015 Old Hickory Slicer 75-8

In medieval Europe, people used to carry their own personal knife – a sharp one – for every eating occasion. There was no expectation that cutlery would be provided, except perhaps for spoons. When the meal was done, the knife was wiped clean on a napkin and carefully returned to your person. The knife was worn so habitually that – as with a watch – you might start to regard it as a part of yourself and forget it was there. A 6th-century text reminded monks to detach their knives from their belts before they went to bed, so they didn’t cut themselves. Like many aspects of medieval life, this knife carrying now seems pretty weird.

But was portable cutlery really such a bad idea? Click here to read more.

Click here to get your own household cutlery. 

Keep Reading:

  • No Related Posts

NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Vintage BLADE Magazine Complete Volume (4 Issues) From 1973!

Download the 1973 BLADE magazine issues in digital PDF! Delivered straight to your e-mail inbox for instant download. It’s 1973, and the future of the modern knife industry was being forged by a pioneering group of knifemakers with a magazine and a mission. Get these collectible first issues of the World's #1 Knife Publication! Click Here to Download the Pack


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here