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BDW13's picture

Hello all,
Sorry if this has been asked already, but when I searched, I couldn't find anything. Does anyone know the purpose or use of the clips on older carving forks? It seems as though the newer models have done away with them, but I can't find any information on what they were used for in the first place. Was it simply a rest, and if so, why didn't the knives have them?
Thanks,
Brian

Adele's picture

I tried to google so I could (post #68642, reply #1 of 15)

I tried to google so I could see what your talking about, but came up with nothing.

Hopefully some of the more mature members will know what your talking about, because I've not ever seen them. (More mature- so much nicer than old fogies! Hahahaha!)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MEANCHEF's picture

When you open them you can (post #68642, reply #2 of 15)

When you open them you can set the fork down on the table without the tines touching the tablecloth. They act like a stand.

jkvogel's picture

I've seen them described as (post #68642, reply #3 of 15)

I've seen them described as safety guards to protect the carver's hand. But no idea how it's supposed to protect anything......

Gretchen's picture

What Mean Chef said--it is a (post #68642, reply #4 of 15)

What Mean Chef said--it is a "rest" for the fork when not in use.

Gretchen
schnitzel's picture

I think it's a safety guard. (post #68642, reply #5 of 15)

I think it's a safety guard.

Adele's picture

Ha! Amazon UK Shoot, I (post #68642, reply #6 of 15)

Ha! Amazon UK Shoot, I can't put a picture in.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Gretchen's picture

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-A (post #68642, reply #7 of 15)

schnitzel's picture

http://www.goantiques.com/det (post #68642, reply #9 of 15)

Gretchen's picture

The problem with that is that (post #68642, reply #11 of 15)

The problem with that is that just because a "dealer/seller" on EBay says it, doesn't make it true. I have a dear friend who is a dealer, goes to England to buy at the markets. She came home with a brass "thingy". It had a knob on top, and then descended to a point. NICE piece of brass. I have forgotten what he told her it wassome sort of a borer (which indeed it does look like!!). It is, of course, an old plumb bob for a carpenter or a surveyor. I collect some antique tools and could tell from her description on the phone! There are many "dealers" who have no idea what it is they are selling. There are knife "gurards" but they are usually a part of the handle of the knife, and are rigid, as it is on a silver knife I have. The scrimshaw handled antique one I have actually pushes both ways to retract, so if you hit it with the carving knife it would not stop it! Just my opinion and experience. ;o)

Gretchen
schnitzel's picture

You've edited your post (post #68642, reply #12 of 15)

You've edited your post questioning why it's retractable. Easier storage, I would think, anyway...
This company has a carving fork which has a built in retractable knife guard.
http://www.kitchencraft.co.uk/
OR...
http://www.kitchencraft.co.uk/content/knives/product_13.asp

Gretchen's picture

It's quite obvious we can (post #68642, reply #13 of 15)

It's quite obvious we can both be correct. I'll be the first to say it.

Gretchen
Gretchen's picture

To answer your question about (post #68642, reply #10 of 15)

To answer your question about the knives, they had their separate rest--often crystal/glass/silver/china. I'll take a look for them. My niece collects them!

http://www.knife-rests.co.uk/

Gretchen
BDW13's picture

Thanks for all the comments (post #68642, reply #14 of 15)

Thanks for all the comments and ideas. Happy New Year.

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