Splayds (or Splades) are a combination of fork, knife and spoon in one utensil.
cutlery. noun. the knives, forks, and spoons that you use for eating food. The usual American word is silverware.
It seems that the utensil’s name came from the verb “to splay” meaning to slant, slope or spread outwards. However, it’s also a nice combination of spoon and blade. According to the Splayd company, more than five million Splayds have been sold over the years, in countries around the world.
At even the best dinner parties a splade (an implement combining a spoon, a fork, and a blunt blade) was used to load the food from lap to lip.
1851, from flat (adj.), which was used from late 14c. of plates, dishes, saucers in a sense “shallow; smooth-surfaced” + ware (n.). Originally as distinguished from hollow ware; U.S. sense of “domestic cutlery” recorded by 1895.
Sami Muirhead likes to call a splade a splade – so don’t tell her it’s called a spork. If you want to shake up Christmas lunch this year, I have a good debate for your table that revolves around ‘splade’ or ‘spork’. I always call a splade a splade. I refer to the kitchen utensil that is a hybrid of a fork and a spoon.
A fork, a spoon and a knife all rolled into one. Call them sporks, knorks or buffet fork! Incredibly social, they’re made for parties, picnics or buffets. These handy helpers are the perfect way to enjoy your main course and polish off your dessert with ease.
Ballard trademarked the word “spork.” Later, the Van Brode Milling Company filed a patent to make plastic sporks. The utensil quickly became a hit. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was the first restaurant to offer sporks to customers, but others quickly followed! Today, the spork patent is owned by Plastico Limited.