List of eating utensils

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Wooden and plastic chopsticks
A Western-style, formal place setting. It includes a butter spreader resting on a crystal stand; a cocktail fork, soup spoon, dessert fork, dessert spoon and an ice cream fork, as well as separate knives and forks for fish, entrée, main course and salad

In some cultures, such as Ethiopian cuisine and Indian dining, breads or hands are used in place of utensils.


"Fun Dip" is a type of candy in the United States, where a solid candy "dipping stick" is used to convey flavored sugar to the eater's mouth. The dipper is first licked to provide moisture, and then dredged through a small pouch with the flavored sugar, so that the sugar sticks to the dipping stick.

Some single-serve ice cream is sold with a flat wooden spade, often erroneously called a "spoon", to lift the product to one's mouth.

Prepackaged tuna salad or cracker snacks may contain a flat plastic spade for similar purposes.


Combination utensils[edit]

A utensil called a Spife used in Aer Lingus meals.
Four types of spork

Over time, these utensils were combined in various ways in attempts to make eating more convenient or to reduce the total number of utensils required.

  • Chopfork – A utensil with a fork at one end and chopsticks/tongs at the other.[1]
  • Chork – Pointed and slightly curved tongs, which can be used like chopsticks (as pincers) or as a fork (for spearing).[2][3] A different kind of chork is a fork with a split handle, which can be broken in half to make two chopsticks.[4]
  • Forkchops – Used in a pair, these are basically a pair of chopsticks with a small fork and knife on the non-pointed ends.[5]
  • Knork – A knife with a single tine, sharpened or serrated, set into the anterior end of the blade. (from knife and fork)
  • Pastry fork - A fork with a cutting edge along one of the tines.
  • Spoon Straw – A scoop-ended drinking straw intended for slushies and milkshakes.
  • Sporf – A utensil consisting of a spoon on one end, a fork on the other, and edge tines that are sharpened or serrated.
  • Spork – Spoon and Fork
  • Splayd – Spoon and Fork and Knife
  • Spife – Spoon and Knife.

Utensils for specific foods[edit]

A fondue fork

Some utensils are useful only for specific foods.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "And all I got was this lousy.. Chopforks!". Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  2. ^ Gim, Sarah J. (2007-02-16). "Chork: Chopstick forks for your Asian fusion cuisine". Slashfood. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  3. ^ Cognito (2007-03-27). "The Chork - AKA The Chopstick Fork". Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  4. ^ "From Spork to Chork « Will BLANK For Food". 2010-06-02. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  5. ^ Tisah Tucknott. "Cheater Chopsticks - Forkchops Lets Westerners Eat Like Asians (GALLERY)". Retrieved 2013-05-30.