Dinner Forks: Effortless Eating Made Beautiful
Admit it, you’d be nowhere without the fork. Sure, you could eat with a spoon and knife, but the fork is the ultimate multi-tasker at your table. It is the tool with an unlimited number of functions on your napkin, the most attractive utensil on your placemat. But, what do we know about the fork? Behind the tines, neck, and handle, there's a whole new world just waiting to be discovered.
Forks go back to ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. And the word fork itself is derived from the Latin Furca, which means pitchfork.” Nevertheless, in their earliest form, forks were used to lift heavy meats as carving tools instead of actual dining. Their changeover to the dinner table itself happened during the 7th century when noblemen in the Middle East and Byzantine Empire commenced at banquets.
Numerous people start at the outside of the plate and work inward, or steal a glimpse at their host for guidance. But if you are the one setting the table, well, you are on your own. Most five-piece flatware sets come with two all-purpose forks, but those who entertain frequently keep a range of shapes and sizes in their dinner fork sets.
One rule of thumb: Forks are placed on the left of the dinner plate in the order of use, with one exemption, the oyster fork.
Generally, the longest in a fork set, this dinner fork has 4 tines of equal length and is used for eating the main course. Usually used alongside a knife for meat courses, it’s also called the place fork. The heavy lifter of the fork world, it has no outstanding features besides being the biggest fork in the drawer.
The dinner fork is about 7 inches long. It is used during the main course at formal and informal meals.
Choose your favorite dinner forks from our wide range of dinner fork sets to beautify your dining experience.