DORO Grill Fork, Set of 2

Is January too cold for gathering around a fire for some S’mores? Some of us think not, and will shortly add this set of 2 DORO Grill Forks to our carts. Simply thread a stick through the holes of the fork to keep it in place, and you have a sturdy fork for vegetables, sausages, or marshmallows, take your pick.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.50
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Exacto Series by Karl Zahn

Do you use an Exacto blade? If so, you can now trick it out to be a fork… or a butter or cheese knife, if that better suits your usual lunch fare. Karl Zahn has created the Exacto Series for Shop Cooper Hewitt (in conjunction with “Tools: Extending our Reach”), and now you can be prepared with your very own set of semi-clean utensils at your work area, at any time- such convenience!*

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Price: $7.00 - 35.00
Available from: Shop Cooper Hewitt

Design Letters Arne Jacobsen Kids Cutlery Set

Do you think people would look at me funny if I chose to eat all of my meals with a kids’ cutlery set? Not if they recognized Arne Jacobsen’s typography, right? This four-piece alphabet cutlery set is pretty cute, and, if I had kids, I would insist they use these until they could say the alphabet forwards and backwards. This set was designed by Arne’s grandson Tobias Jacobsen, and belongs to the Design Letters tableware set.

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Price: $29.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Italian Travel & Camping Silverware

If you’re planning any adventures this summer- day trips or longer camping journeys- having the right tools is necessary for enjoyment and, in some cases, survival. You’ll have to eat no matter where you go, so make sure you have appropriate utensils for nourishment. This set of spoon, fork, and knife with bottle opener is lightweight and travel-sized, making it perfect for any journey.

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Price: $79.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile


Spork, knoon, fife, knork. Only two of these things exist as far as I know, and I give you two guesses to pick the other one (other than the Spork, of course). It’s the Knork, as you could probably tell from the title and the picture, and it’s a combination knife/fork. I don’t know how well it works, but you can find out with $5. Could be worth every penny for the novelty, and who knows, you might just simplify your utensil selection after trying it out.

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Price: $5.00
Available from: Knork

Spork & Cork

What to do when you’re away from home and without utensils? Pull out the Spork & Cork from your bag, desk drawer, or glove box and chow down. The all-in-one eating implement is hand-shaped from a single piece of Certified organic bamboo and it’s lightweight and compact enough that you’ll want to bring it along on any adventure.

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Price: $10.00
Available from: Bambu Home

WASARA Bamboo Utensils

We all know plastic cutlery is super cheap, but we also know it’s not very durable and certainly not very nice to look at. Maybe there’s an alternative? An alternative that perhaps is both beautiful and compostable? Meet the WASARA Bamboo Utensils. These utensils accompany the WASARA tableware collection, and, similarly, are intended for single-use occasions (think picnics, parties, etc.). Each one securely attaches to the edge of a WASARA plate or bowl thanks to a slit incorporated into each handle, so say sayonara to awkward balancing acts when adding food to your plate or making new acquaintances. More info on composting below.


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Price: $6.95
Available from: Branch

Fork-Knife Chopsticks

If you’re a klutz when it comes to chopsticks, this might be a good alternative. It’s a knife and fork set that interlocks to become a pair of spring-loaded chopsticks. Now, while this seems quite clever, I doubt that many people in a restaurant would congratulate you for bringing your own utensils, so perhaps this is more of a stay-at-home item.

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Price: $10.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Tablée Wooden Cutlery

Will this wooden cutlery break? Possibly, if you press down too hard. Do they look cool/interesting? No doubt. These look very similar to some wooden cutlery I posted back in ’09, yet unfortunately the price is quite a bit more. I’ve included a few more wooden cutlery options below at lower price points.

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Price: $5.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Bamboo Flatware

I think every kitchen needs a large wooden spoon for cooking. It just has that warm, welcoming feeling when using it, and won’t burn your hand when you touch it. Having that minaturized into flatware for eating sounds like a good idea to me. Made from fast-growing and renewable bamboo, and supposedly the knife won’t ever lose its edge.

3 piece place setting.

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Price: $4.95
Available from: Crate&Barrel

Mangia Flatware

Maybe it’s not picnic weather just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for it. This flatware is pretty clever in that the fork and spoon fit inside the handle of the knife, and then all 3 snap shut inside the cover. That means you have your own flatware for picnics, camping, or, if you’re particularly OCD, at restaurants.

Measures 7″ long x 1.5″ wide.
$16 per set

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Price: $16.00
Available from: Plastica

5-Piece Place Setting by Zaha Hadid

I’ll admit that the soup spoon might look a little funky to some, but if it didn’t, I wager the set could be mistaken for any generic place setting you might find in your gay uncle’s attic. Hence the unexpected and etheral forms of this stainless steel place setting by Zaha Hadid (winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize – the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for architecture), brought to Earth in a mesmerizing mirror finish.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Availability: Buy 5-Piece Place Setting by Zaha Hadid here

Otto Black Matte 5-Piece Place Setting

Black flatware… 1 cool point. Matte black flatware… 2 cool points. Stainless steel matte black flatware… cool point overload.

Produced in Europe
Manufacturer: TableArt
6-piece place setting available here.
Other black matte flatware and kitchen utensils available here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $122.00
Availability: Buy Otto Black Matte 5-Piece Place Setting here

Wood Chopsticks (Set of 24)

With all the dreary weather that fall and winter can sometimes bring, you might as well stockpile some brightness for your tabletop with these colorful chopsticks. Might make a good host/hostess gift as well.

“Traditional Japanese chopsticks get a colorful make-over in this set of 24 Wood Chopsticks (1994). The round, lacquered wood utensils come in an assortment of 12 different hues, offering the freedom to mix or match colors, depending on your mood.”

Materials: Wood, lacquer.

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No longer available.

Spork – The Perfect Outdoor Eating Utensil

The ubiquitous spork strikes again. It might be slightly uncouth, but it’s certainly handy to have in certain situations.

These eating tools have a spoon on one end, and feature a four-tine fork and knife — with a sawtooth blade — on the other. Super lightweight and extremely durable, they’re ideal for back packing, picnicking, lunchbox, briefcase or boat. Made of a heat-resistant (won’t melt in boiling water) polycarbonate material, they are machine washable and friendly to non-stick cooking surfaces.

Comes in Small and Medium for eating, and Large for cooking, stirring and serving.
Small: 6.5″ L x 1.5″ W, $5.95
Medium: 7.75″ L x 2″ W, $7.95
Large: 10″ L x 2″ W, $9.95
Buy it here.