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Splayds (or Splades) are sporves, a combination of fork, knife and spoon in one utensil.
A splayd beside a pie

A Splayd/Spnorf (plural 'Splayds') is an eating utensil combining the functions of spoon, knife and fork. It was created by William McArthur in the 1940s in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[1] It is similar to the American spork. There are several manufacturers.

In addition to an overall spoon shape with four fork tines, it has two hard, flat edges on either side, suitable for cutting through soft food. They often have a geometric rather than rounded bowl, with two longitudinal folds in the metal.

They are often used for eating chopped foods like rice-based curries, in place of a chopsticks or knife and fork.

The UK licensee for the manufacturing and distribution of "Splayds" during the 1970s was Viners of Sheffield. At that time they were one of the biggest cutlery manufacturers in Great Britain.[2]

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  1. ^ Mackenzie, Michael. "Splayds - our national shame". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ Tweedale, G. The Sheffield Knife Book. ISBN 1-874718-11-3.

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