We are having a dilemma and as you may note, it has to do with dinner forks. We purchased a full set of everyday lagostina flatware as a gift for my parents. The dilemma?? The forks don't pick up the food - they are too dull, or just may be cut in a shape that doesn't support picking up food.
Although we all could use to lose several pounds, my parents have purchased other everyday flatware with the same results. My mom today actually said that she may need to go to garage sales (she has never been to one) to get some vintage forks that actually pick up food.
Haven't noticed this. Have used recent flatware, still able to stab food. They don't have to be THAT sharp to work, really. :-)
That said, I've seen some designs that come to think of it could be a little iffy. If the fork is rounded, almost spork-like, then you could have trouble, or anything else that makes some/all of the tines particularly large/wide.
Now, you may want to clarify (if you haven't personally witnessed what they are talking about) that they mean piercing the food as opposed to scooping. Because some designs have rather narrow forks which would make scooping difficult. So be certain they are referring to the stabbing as opposed to the scooping as far as what's not working for them. ;-)
And yes, for the record, I can't figure out how you would scoop a leafy salad. I pierce it with the fork. And again, I haven't run across a fork that wouldn't do it, be it in regular use for 40 years or brand new, so that is very odd!