Cutlery is a general term for utensils (spoon, fork, knife, etc.) used during meals. In Europe, it took many hundreds of years since the Middle Ages to gradually penetrate ordinary households. There is a history in which the usage and etiquette of cutlery have also been cultivated.
Some people may think of etiquette as being a bit difficult, but by knowing the basics, you will be able to make your special day even more wonderful without having to panic at the important table. It should also enrich your daily dining table at home.
Here, we will introduce general etiquette to help you enjoy your meals even more when using cutlery.
order of use
The cutlery consists of a fork on the left side of the plate, and a knife and spoon on the right side. Also, a typical table set has a dessert fork and dessert spoon placed at the top. The basic order of use is ``from the outside'', and you start from the outside in accordance with the order in which the food is served.
How to hold it
Cutlery has a round, thick part called the back, and a thinner part called the belly, so hold it with the back facing up. The fork is in the left hand, the knife in the right hand. If you press down on the top with your index finger when you squeeze each one, you can cut meat dishes smoothly. When using the product, keep your elbows slightly bent and relaxed without straining.
How to place
If you have not finished your meal yet, but need to interrupt your meal by wiping your mouth or leaving your seat, place your cutlery on your plate in a ``C'' shape. This is a "still eating" sign. Remember to keep the teeth of the fork facing inward.
when the meal is finished
When the meal is finished, put the two bottles you used on the plate. The accuracy of placing cutlery at this time varies depending on the country. In terms of clocks, the French style is to align the clock at 4 o'clock, in America it's directly across from the plate, and in the UK it's at 6 o'clock.
Usage that goes against manners
When using cutlery, what you should not do is ``switch the fork to your right hand.'' I have seen some people cut all of the food served into pieces first and then switch their fork to their right hand and start eating, but this is bad etiquette, so be careful.
It's also bad manners to cut all the food into pieces first. Starting from the left end, cut into small bite-sized pieces and eat. It is also not recommended to eat rice on the back of a fork. This is because if you try to eat while resting on your back, your posture will inevitably collapse.
When drinking soup with a spoon, good manners include ``don't make any noise,'' ``don't blow on it to cool it down,'' ``scoop no more than two-thirds of the amount,'' and ``don't scrape it up.''
Here we have introduced basic etiquette when eating with cutlery. By knowing the basic usage, you will be able to enjoy your meal calmly when you are invited to dinner. These manners are rules for showing consideration and respect to the people you are eating with.
It's also actually the easiest way to eat it. By consciously incorporating them into your meals at home, you will be able to enrich your daily meals.
Basic etiquette when using cutlery includes ``the order in which you use it,'' ``how to hold it,'' and ``how to place it.'' Depending on how you use it, it may be considered bad manners, so it's a good idea to keep that in mind.
Proper use of cutlery is part of table manners, and is actually the easiest way to eat. By incorporating it into your meals at home, you may be able to make your regular meals a little more special.
Konohino Tools Store sells brass cutlery. The calm appearance unique to brass, and cutlery that is delicate yet easy to hold, will be a great addition to your daily dining table. Why not learn about cutlery etiquette and enjoy a slightly more special meal time with your favorite cutlery?
Konohino Dougu Shop's cutlery is created by cutlery artist Hiro Kashihara based on the concept of ``cultivating cutlery.'' The works can be viewed on the homepage.