- Salad fork?
- Dessert fork?
- Fish fork?
- Pastry fork?
I think most of us agree that this is a salad fork (see our earlier post, About Forks). So why is it called by the other names? We think it could be one of these reasons:
- The seller is too lazy to look it up
- The seller is trying to get a better price by calling it something more exotic
- The seller is trying to broaden the market for the item by giving it multiple uses (e.g., "This is a salad/fish/dessert fork...")
Many sterling flatware patterns include unique fish forks that may vaguely resemble a salad fork but generally are quite different. Many patterns also include pastry forks that also look different. So, to call this a fish fork or pastry fork is incorrect, we believe.
Now that brings us to dessert forks. We would like to receive comments about this because we are having trouble coming up with an example of a piece identified by the manufacturer as a "dessert fork". It is true that many people use salad forks when serving certain types of desserts. So, perhaps it is OK to use "dessert" as an alternate name for this piece. What do you think?
If you are looking for pieces with the names included in this post, make sure you have a picture and precise measurements for reference before you buy.
Let us hear from you about this.
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