Cutlery refers to spoons, knives, and forks in general. Each has a long history and is said to have been established since the beginning of the 17th century. Konohino Doguten, a mail-order company that sells brass cutlery, explains its history.
Items such as tableware, forks, and spoons are used every day, so choosing a design that is easy to use and that you like will make your dining table more enjoyable.
In particular, cutlery does not take up much space and can be changed freely depending on the TPO and mood of the day, so it is recommended for collection.
Here we will introduce cutlery and its history.
What is cutlery?
In English, the word ``cutlery'' means ``something to cut, a knife, etc.,'' and the word ``cutlery'' refers to spoons, forks, and knives in general. The main materials used are silver, gold, stainless steel, and wood, and recently plastic ones are also becoming popular.
When did it appear?
Cutlery is said to have originated around the 12th or 13th century. Up until then, knives had been used to cut meat, but it was not customary to carry a separate knife when eating, and it was common for people to eat with their fingers. In the 13th century, spoons were used to drink soup, etc., and in the 14th century, forks appeared.
In Europe at the time, silver cutlery was considered a symbol of wealth. Nobles carefully stored their cutlery in special boxes and brought it with them when attending banquets. It is said that it was not until the 19th century that it became popular in the homes of ordinary people as a gift for guests.
history of knives
Knives are the earliest cutlery that appeared on the dining table. Before the Middle Ages, only one knife was placed on the table, and it was used to cut meat. It is said that knives for each person's use were invented in the 15th century.
Initially, it was important for knives to be sharp and clean so that they could cut meat well, but as food culture matured, expensive knives that had property value began to be produced.
history of spoon
Spoon-shaped tools have been excavated from ancient Egyptian ruins, and it is assumed that spoons were used long before they became popular in Europe. They were made from animal bones, wood, shellfish, etc., and were used not only for food but also as cosmetics and cooking tools.
It is said that in Europe before the 13th century, before spoons became widespread, people drank soup by touching it directly to the bowl or eating it using bread with a hole in the middle. Spoons first appeared on the dining table around the 14th century, when they were considered a luxury item and were therefore limited to the upper class.
history of fork
The history of forks began when princesses of the Byzantine Empire used them at wedding banquets. However, at that time, it was common to eat with one's fingers, and there was also a religious belief that it was legitimate to eat food that was a gift from God with one's hands, so the use of forks did not become widespread. It took a long time to obtain citizenship. Even in medieval paintings, there are many paintings that only depict knives, and you can see how long it took for forks to become popular.
In the 16th century, Henry III of France began using a fork, but in the era of Louis XIV, eating with fingers returned to eating, and it was not until the 17th century that it became a staple at the dining table. As the practice of cutting solid foods such as meat and fish with a knife and carrying them to the mouth with a fork became established, they came to be treated as eating utensils and became an indispensable part of modern European food culture.
Brass cutlery from Konohino Tools Store
The cutlery sold at Konohino Tools Store is made of brass with a unique antique-like color. The soft golden contrast that appears the more you use it is an attractive feature unique to brass that sets it apart from silver and stainless steel. You can create your own cutlery along with memories of your dining table.
Please take a look at Konohino Dogu Store's ``Culture Cutlery'' that will add a little extra color to your daily meals.
Cutlery comes from the English word ``cutlery,'' meaning ``something to cut, a knife, etc.,'' and from this, spoons, forks, and knives in general came to be called cutlery. Over a long history, cutlery, which is now an essential part of dining etiquette, has gradually become a part of the European diet.
At Konohino Tools Store, we mainly carry antique-style cutlery made from brass, an alloy of copper and zinc.
The concept is "cutlery that grows." By using delicate brass whose surface color changes easily, the piece not only has a classic appearance, but can also be enjoyed as it ages.
Each piece of brass cutlery has a different finish, and you can enjoy its original texture, making it the perfect gift for your loved ones.