What Is “Cutlery”?

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If you are a restaurant or hotel waiter, you will most likely hear the term “cutlery”. Or you are preparing to attend Western – European style parties and still do not know how to distinguish and use cutlery sets. So what is cutlery? how does it use? What are the considerations when using cutlery? Q.ulinary Essential will answer your answer around the term “cutlery” in this article.

  1. What is Cutlery?

Cutlery implies implements used for cutting and eating food. It includes knife, fork and spoon. There are different types of knives, forks and spoons. A complete cutlery set may include butter knife, soup spoon, seafood fork etc.

  1. What does a complete cutlery set include?


Different knives are designed to serve specific tasks. Choosing the right knife makes it easier to perform that task. A knife can be designed for striking, chopping, tearing, dicing, spreading, carving or slicing. The difference lies in the blade of the knife whether it is pointed, blunt, serrated etc.

Dinner knife is sized between 9 ½ and 10 inches. It is used to cut and push food. It also serves as a replacement for salad knife if latter is not available.

Steak knife can be used in place of dinner knife or in addition to it. It can be serrated or non-serrated depending on specific steak cuts. It is usually four to six inches long.

Luncheon knife: slightly smaller than dinner knife, luncheon knife is used with luncheon plate to suit the size of the plate. Dinner knife is equally acceptable when luncheon knife is not available.

Fish knife is used when fish is served for dinner. Fish knife measures 8 ¾ inches with a wide blade and dull edge. The tip of fish knife aids in separating layers of fish and lift bones.

Dessert knife can be used for dessert, fresh or candied fruit. It can be used to cut cakes and pastries. It goes together with the dessert spoon.

Fruit knife: measuring between 6 ½ and 7 ¼ inches, fruit knife has a pointed tip and a narrow straight. The blade can be serrated or slightly curved. It is meant to cut and peel fruits.

Butter knife: small in size at 5 to 6 inches, butter knife has a rounded point so that it does not scrape the bread while spreading butter. Dinner knife is equally acceptable if butter knife is not available.


Spoons are used to transfer food from platter or bowl to mouth. There are different types of spoon for specific tasks.

Teaspoon : It is meant for stirring coffee, tea, soups and eating.

Tablespoon : A tablespoon is bigger than a teaspoon and is used for serving food from serving bowls.

Place spoon : It is an all-purpose spoon bigger than a teaspoon but smaller than a tablespoon.

Soup spoon : A large rounded spoon used for eating soup. An oval spoon is used in case soup contains meat, vegetables, bread crumbs etc.

Dessert spoon : It is used for eating sweet dishes and puddings.

Sundae spoon : Long spoons to reach the bottom of sundae glass and eat liquid or semi-liquid food like ice-cream toppings, floats, jelly etc.

Fruit spoon : Fruit spoon has an elongated bowl and a pointed tip that aids in cutting fruit and eating fruits like grapes, oranges and melons.


The two-tined fork is used cut meat while there or four-tined fork has other uses.

Dinner fork : Meant for the main course, dinner fork measures around seven inches.

Salad fork : Used for eating salad, in salad fork outer tines are notched, wider and longer than inner tines. It is six inches in length.

Forks with extra long tines : Such forks are meant for eating spaghetti, noodles.

Dessert fork : It is used for eating cake, pies and pastries. It is more or less similar to salad fork.

Fish fork : It is used for holding and serving fish. Tines are uniform in width and length.

Sea food fork : Sea food fork is ideal for eating crustaceans. Also called crab fork, lobster fork, it serves two purposes. The double-pronged slim end is used to pick sea food while the curved scraper is used to scoop out the meat.

Hopefully  that Q.ulinary Essential can answer your question about what “cutlery” is. Visit our site regularly to update for great tips and useful information!

For more reference:

⇒ Cutlery Pro – Professional Kitchen Knives


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