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Carving fork with lever?

Discussion in 'Kitchen Cutlery & Tools' started by meako, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Oddly I have never seen one like this.
    It was only 1$.
    Anyone know what the moving part is all about?
  2. OldNavy


    Sep 14, 2013
    Tri-pod to keep the serving set from touching the Table cloth after use. you prop it up then lay the carving knife across the back of the fork. so no meat juices gets
    on Grandma's best Lace. Have an old Antler Handle set.

  3. iSaur


    Mar 6, 2006
    When raised, it's a guard to protect your hand, in case the knife slips while slicing toward the fork. Old Navy, I haven't seen that tripod arrangement before, but it appears to incorporate a guard as well.
  4. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    Please help me understand how this works. I may be carving the wrong way.

    A similar dodad was patented as a "guard."
    https://books.google.com/books?id=H...zgK#v=onepage&q=guard on carving fork&f=false

    Another patent as a guard in 1915
    https://books.google.com/books?id=5...TgU#v=onepage&q=guard on carving fork&f=false

    These guys saw their guard as also serving as a rest in 1875
    https://books.google.com/books?id=l...DgU#v=onepage&q=guard on carving fork&f=false

    Wusthof says its a "finger guard."
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
  5. Sullie


    Mar 20, 2013
    Ha....I always thought it was to grab the meat while placing it on the platter....but now looking at the pics that doesn't seem practical. I'll ask my wifes grandpa what he says. He always uses one

    Edited to add: I'm sure I have asked someone while watching them carve up a ham or turkey and that's the answer I got...but my wifes grandpa is the most recent memory of using one like that and he never used it to grab the meat....or for anything actually?
  6. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Thanks for the replies guys. Old Navy -that is a beautiful old antler carving set.
    I'm pretty much going to write off most of what I've read about this thing so far(the theories are many) because I just don't see how it works.
    There's no way this fork will stand up using that lever as a prop. The end of it is round .
    Do you lay the fork on its side ,deploy the contraption,and rest the knife on that? I believe that Nanas tablecloth would become befouled with meat juice,gravy,and lumps of crackling in no time-HOW WOULD THAT WORK? it is a vexing conundrum.
    A meat serving grasper? It makes me laugh just thinking about the bloke who thought of that back in the day.
    The knife guard? why didn't they just make a real guard? -that one is borderline because it would work maybe.
    The advantage of escaping from the dinner table unscathed by knife lacerations to the fingers is likely outweighed by the risks posed by the amount of food that has (I know because I just cleaned it out) accumulated in the hinge pin crevice over the years.
    Not at all appetising I can assure you.
    In conclusion my best guess is a technological step sideways that was successfully marketed as the latest thing of it's day. Possibly invented by a rumpled boffin,nutty professor type character who was inept at using the carving set and came up with a solution.:)
  7. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I always saw that used and used it myself as a prop to keep the tines off the table. Open it horizontal and rest it on the two-prong side. I'm surprised by TL's guard patents. Maybe the confusion goes way back.
  8. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    You find no value in what the inventor who patented the device or the company that manufactured the fork with the device had to say? Tough sell.
  9. reamm

    reamm Banned BANNED

    Apr 27, 2015
    Do you think so Thomas?
  10. Kurt Risser

    Kurt Risser

    Aug 9, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
  11. Kurt Risser

    Kurt Risser

    Aug 9, 2018
    I believe this is not a lever or a stand, but a platter rest. It can be used to hold the folk in place on rim of a serving platter. I would upload a photo if I could do so.[​IMG]
    meako likes this.
  12. tim37a


    May 18, 2010
    I think it is an auxilary handle to hold the fork with the second hand while jamming it into a tough piece of meat.

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