The following was produced in partnership with Knork Flatware and its line of modern, innovative products designed for how you naturally eat.
Plastic utensils are degrading not only to the environment but also to the people forced to use them. Plastic utensils are a particular pain for parents, who must try to cut, scoop, spear, and feed with twisting polystyrene. This never really works, which is a big part of why so many parents dread eating on the go and avoid impromptu (and potentially fun) picnics. It’s also why so many parents–and this seems, anecdotally, to be more of a dad thing–carry silverware. Forks, knives, and spoons that once lay peaceably in grandma’s silverware drawer keep steady time, knocking against laptops jammed in a million briefcases. It’s both a ridiculous problem and an eminently solvable one.
A more sustainable solution emerges from insight about what people actually need to eat macaroni at a picnic table. That boils down to forks and, more specifically, forks that can cut and are well balanced enough that a child can use one without it ending up in the dirt. But those aren’t the specification that typically guide flatware design. There’s really only one variety of fork that fits the bill. It’s called the Knork and it’s the sort of thing that happens when smart people sweat the details. It has a finger platform that allows for small hands to control it. It has curved tines and a beveled edge so that it can cut. It is, in short, the platonic ideal of the on-the-go utensil.
But that’s not the first thing you notice about the Knork. The first thing you notice is that it’s sleek. It stacks nicely. It comes in pretty antique copper, black titanium, or matte stainless steel finishes. It fits easily into that briefcase pocket you thought was just for pens. (It’s no small wonder that the knork is now the inspiration for a whole flatware suite; it’s got great lines.)
The most noteworthy feature, though, is the beveled tines that let you cut and spear food one-handed. This ingenious bit of design means you can eat while defending against sippy cup spills and that you can cut into and spear your grilled chicken breast and scoop up a bit of Mediterranean quinoa salad, then reach over and feed your kid some tupperwared macaroni. You don’t have to port around the silverware drawer anymore.
Thanks to its design, the Knork also represents a sort of training wheels version of the knife. With a Knork, parents can let their kids cut their own food with a piece of either child-sized or full-sized flatware that poses no physical risk. The beveling lets the Knork cut through food but not through skin. Because it is so carefully balanced, it can be wielded like an edgeless saber by kids as young as three.
With a Knork, it’s possible to turn an on-the-go meal into a special, memorable moment with all the attendant benefits (and side dishes) of a family dinner. Get the full Knork dinner set and you’ll end up carrying around the classic, OG Knork, which moonlights as a fork, all the time. Why? Because it will help you look like a grown-up even when you’re reaching across the table to eat some of your child’s meal and it will make your child feel like an adult when he or she is reaching back.