Hot or Not: The Knork

Some people don't want to fuss with a knife at the table; they cut their meat and vegetables with the side of their fork instead. The Knork is a fork with specially curved sides that will cut straight through nearly any food. The sides aren't sharp, though; the Knork cuts well because of its curve and angle.

What do you think about this? Would you give up your knife and fork and replace with a Knork? More on the Knork and its picnic version below.

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We saw how well the Knork cuts hard foods - even baby carrots, like the rep at the Housewares Show demonstrated for us.

We are old-fashioned and think that the good manners of knife and fork are preferable to this utility-utensil, but we do think it holds promise for picnic-ware. The rep gave us several disposable Knorks, and these work nearly as well. If you're serving crunchy vegetables and thick steaks at your next outdoor barbecue, these might be a good option. You can buy directly through their website.

Box of 24 plastic Knorks, $5 at Knork's website

Knork official website

(Images: Knork, and Faith Hopler)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.