Different kitchen utensils serve different purposes. A knife is used to cut fruit, vegetables and even sandwiches. A spoon is used to scoop out foodstuffs or ice-cream to eat, stir a broth, and for various other purposes. A fork is used to pierce fruit pieces in a fruit salad, pick them up and put them in the mouth to eat. It keeps the hands clean and the food hygienic. A kitchen fork is used in combination with a knife or a spoon to eat food. It is a healthy way to keep the bacteria on your hands away from the food you consume, especially when it is not always convenient to wash your hands with soap before eating. Using such cutlery for eating used to be largely a western concept, but people in India too have now realized the hygienic benefits of eating with fork and knife or spoon.
Kitchen forks can be made of several types of materials. The most common ones are the steel forks, which are easy to wash and durable enough to last you for years. There are also brass and copper ones, which are supposed to have health benefits. And then there are silver forks, which are used in rich households and posh hotels. There are also wooden forks, which are rare and therefore considered a novelty. Forks can have two, three or even four tines, which are the elongated prongs used to pierce pieces of fruit or food to pick up and eat. Some are made of plastic, and are the use-and-throw types, used mostly by street vendors and fast food restaurants. The durable kitchen forks, the ones made of metal can even come with a tough plastic-encased handle for a better grip.
There are two kinds of fork etiquettes which are prevalent. There is the European style and the American style. The European style is the one in which a person eating food uses the fork with the left hand. In the American style, the user uses the fork with either hand. Sometimes, a fork is used exclusively, without combining it with either knife or spoon, especially with foodstuffs like noodles. In some restaurants, as many as three forks are placed on the table; one for salad, one for the main course and a third one for dessert. The placement of the forks on the plate is also meant to indicate whether the diner has finished eating their food, or is still eating. When the forks are placed on the plate at an angle, it means the diner is still in the process of eating, while keeping them straight together side-by-side indicates that the diner has finished eating.
While you are searching for forks online, you might consider purchasing other related items on Paytm Mall like table knives, spoons and the stands to keep them on the dining table. Stands also come in different types. There are the ones on which you can hang your knives, forks and spoons, while there are others like a container in which you can place your cutlery with the handle upside.