A brief history of cutlery

The term “Cutlery” derives from the old-time cutlers who used to make iron knives. Originally from the French (they use the Latin 'Cultellus' for knife), cutlery is a Middle English word for our language and it can show us how cutlery does date back quite far into the past.


It goes without saying that cutlery has been around for many centuries. In fact, the first noted time of use around a table was around the mid-17th century. At that time, the forks were the first type of cutlery to be used formally. Before this though, the use of cutlery was not seen as necessary, and not generally used around formal table settings.


Interestingly, cutlery was believed to be invented 300,000 years ago by our forebearers. Early cutlery was made using flint and stone and was used specifically for skinning and cutting through animals to make the meat easier to handle. During the iron age, however, many types of cutlery were used and invented, thanks to the new technology. Cutlery then advanced further and even began being made from stainless steel during the 19th century. In fact, this ended up setting Sheffield on the map from 1890, as the major steel-producing region in England. Even as of today, Sheffield cutlery is prized all over the world for its quality. However, as of today, quality cutlery can be found even online and they are widely used and commonplace in every home.


Knives and the other models of knives have been around for a considerably longer time. As we have mentioned earlier, forks are a relatively modern invention. In fact, they were brought over during the 17th century from Italy by an English traveler who happened to see them. At first, he was ridiculed by the others and was even given the insult "furcifer" or "fork bearer". Nevertheless, after some time, people started to see the benefits of forks. During the mid-19th century, they were being produced in masses specifically during the industrial revolution. Forks have been used on the continent from the 11th century, and so actually arrived relatively late to countries like Britain. Since their arrival, however, they have obviously become very widely used. Also, it did not take long for people to adapt to the cutlery using way of life.


When it comes to spoons, they have been around since early civilization. Interestingly, the ancient word for the term “spoon” from the Greek and Roman was cochlea. The meaning of that term was “spiral-shaped snail shell”. When it comes to the northern European region, spoons were tended to be carved mainly out of wood. Once again, English did not take much notice of the spoon until the mid-19th century. That is particularly because drinking soup from bowls was thought to be very rude at that time. 


As of today, cutlery is mass-produced and they come in plenty of styles. You can even buy top-quality cutlery through online stores as well. classycutlery.com is one of those online stores that offer elegant cutlery and other tableware.