WORLD BUILDING: Eating Utensils

in which I take a quick look at what my characters could possibly use as eating utensils.


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Every day items: eating

Some things may not be thought of before writing a story, but in the end you just might need that tiny detail. After all, when your hero arrives in a tavern and she doesn’t have any eating utensils with her and is served soup with bread, how is she going to eat it if everyone else assumes she brought her own utensils? So, today I answered this question for my own fantasy story:

How do your characters eat?

Nowadays we’ve got forks, knives, spoons, sporks (spoon + fork), knorks (knife + fork; or is there another word for it?), chopsticks and possible some other utensils I haven’t mentioned. But how was that several centuries ago? What did the medieval men and women use to eat. Well, from the old ages there were the knives and spoons. At some point the picker made it’s way into the household (the top utensil in the above photo). It was quite a while later that forks were introduced and made common.

In Fantasy

Even though The Infinity Saga is a fantasy story, any utensils I introduce have to fit in the setting. I decided not to have forks as common items yet. Which means my characters will have a knife and spoon and probably a picker, like in the above photo. But forks is a whole other story. Forks are more of a status symbol. You may find these strange devices in some courts, but many people don’t see the use of a double toothpick claiming it doesn’t work.

eating utensils
eating utensils

Dragon Riders & Forks

Some of the #dragonriders may be at least familiar with forks since they may have visited various courts. At the #Dragon City court, though, forks are to be thought amusing toys to play with, but not ideal eating utensils. Why use a complicated thing when you already have the ideal tools for the job?

Mages & Forks

Some #mages see forks as tools for their craft, but certainly not something to use for eating. Most of them laugh when they someone trying to eat with such a weird thing.

Common people & Forks

Common people don’t use forks. They think it’s for those uptight noblemen and -women and as one of them said:

“To be ‘onest wi’ ya, it ain’t easy at all, no missy! Be careful, or yo’ll get tha’ pointy end in ya tongue!”

Photo credits

Instagram embedded photo ©: History Answers
Featured photo ©: National Education Network
Other: Unknown photographer

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What do your characters use as eating utensils? Why those items? Share it in the comments below!

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