Talk:List of eating utensils

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The word "utensil" is a synonym for "tool". It is a man-made device. Hands and fingers are not utensils. Tortillas are not utensils. A balti is a pot, not a utensil. A runcible spoon is fictional, and a nonsense word. Finally, I've removed the dictionary definitons because lists do not need them. That's why the links are there. Kafziel Talk 13:17, 26 January 2007 (UTC)


I wonder if there is a name or article for an eating utensil used for pushing food onto a fork? While one may ordinarily use a knife for this purpose, my grandmother had a hoe-shaped device that was part of a place setting for children in Holland. I don't know what the Dutch name for it was, or whether it may have been used only there or in broader use. Шизомби (talk) 16:26, 2 June 2008 (UTC)


Do "hands" belong on a list of "utensils"? Jwesley78 (talk) 04:55, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Hands do not fit the definition of utensil. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jwesley78 (talkcontribs) 05:00, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Be that as it may, it is useful to note that not all cultures use utensils. Not sure bread counts as a tool, but I added a note for completeness. -- Beland (talk) 02:24, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
Even though it is true that not all cultures use utensils, this page is about utensils. For this reason I would support the removal of hands and bread from this list. Gluons12 (talk) 18:34, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Deletion proposal: What is the point of this page?[edit]

I don't see the point of this page at all. It's a very partial list of cutlery which doesn't include simple everyday items like caviar knives or asparagus forks :p In all seriousness this article serves no purpose, it should just be a category list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gymnophoria (talkcontribs) 21:42, 15 August 2012‎

I disagree. It should be expanded, to serve as a glossary of what each piece of cutlery looks like and is most commonly used for. —WFC— 22:00, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Indeed. See Wikipedia:Categories, lists, and navigation templates for a full explanation, of why we allow overlap like this. -- Quiddity (talk) 01:12, 16 August 2012 (UTC)
Since the last comment, I have done quite a bit of work on one of this list's sisters, List of food preparation utensils. It's still unfinished and rough around the edges, but an example of what can be achieved here. —WFC— 17:16, 7 September 2012 (UTC)


Moved spoons out from under "Western Cutlery." Spoons are clearly used by cultures outside of the west, notably in Asia.