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Jul 14, 2010 05:19 PM

Forked off

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.


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  1. Are you saying that they want to "stab" the food with the fork? I could be totally wrong but I was raised that the fork is for "scooping" not "stabbing." I'm totally willing to be corrected on this. Grew up too many decades ago in the South :)

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    1. re: c oliver

      We were raised that some foods are meant to be stabbed, but maybe we are just weird. How do you pick up food that is more substantial in texture, like crispy romaine for salad, or a tomato wedge?

        1. re: c oliver

          For every single type of food? Why the prongs then? Why not use a spoon?

          1. re: itryalot

            Again, I'm willing to be corrected on this :) The tines of the fork are for holding the food in place while cutting.

            1. re: c oliver

              Interesting; I am not being sarcastic either. Thanks for the verbage - tines. Couldn't remember the word and didn't want to wait or look it up.

              1. re: c oliver


                Not that this site is totally reliable, but sounds like we are both correct.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Depends on which side of The Pond you're on. Europeans spear the meat with their fork, then convey meat to mouth; Americans cut it, then scoop. I've adopted a middle of the road strategy.

                2. re: itryalot

                  I'm going to have to get a wider fork. Sliding a fork under a whole hot dog and then eating it off the fork is causing too many to hit the floor. Especially when I'm walking around.

          2. 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!

            1. My oneida good stuff pierces quite well, but never seen anything like my parents's. Those are some useless forks.

              1. Could you please post a picture or link to the forks in question?

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                1. re: E_M

                  Will take a photo when I go to my parents'.