No, it's not a barbell for mice, or a posh paperweight. No well-dressed dinner table is complete without a knife rest. Your grandmother knew how to protect the antique ecru lace tablecloth from roast drippings - the carving set never touched the fabric.
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Want one for your very own? Prices are reasonable - your favorite online auction site has them anywhere from $4 to $40, depending on quality and materials. Or keep an eye out at estate sales - once you know what to look for, they're everywhere.
Here are a few of the crystal knife rests we found over at eBay - click to explore!
This is by Sarah, who is up for one of our new writer positions. Welcome Sarah!