Monday, July 21, 2008

Knork Makes a Notch in Flatware Design



Recently I was asked to take a stab at using a new and innovative eating utensil called the “Knork®,” which is a cross between a knife and a fork. My family and I tried it for a couple of weeks and decided we really liked it! One family member has mobility issues and cannot easily manipulate a knife and fork, so this unusual piece of flatware is much easier for him to cut and pick up his food using only one hand.

At first glance this looks like an ordinary fork. However, when you turn it sideways you will see the head of the fork has a uniquely designed “finger platform” so that pressure can be applied without any discomfort to the fingertip. The outer tines are broad, beveled, and curved so the Knork® can easily cut through food, but isn’t sharp enough to cause an injury. The flatware is made of sturdy stainless steel with an enlarged handle for easier gripping and is available in several finishes such as satin, gloss, and matte.

Although the utensil is safe for children to use, they may find it difficult because it is heavier than most flatware. However, they should be able to easily manipulate the reusable Knork® plasticware, which is also convenient for traveling, the office, cookouts, camping, etc.

Check out the main Knork® website for more information. You can also buy this handy-dandy flatware at reduced prices on Amazon and eBay.

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Reviewed by Charlene Davis, a business writer specializing in start-up ventures, e-commerce, retail, and food.

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