Thursday, August 23, 2007

Table Manner - finished position of knife and fork

When I was small, I read an article about the table manner. I was fasinated by the finished position of knife and fork. The finished position is different in different countries.

I've tried to find this information in the internet, but I couldn't find any good articles on this topic. None of the articles talks about the table manner for all countries in the world. Each article only talks about 1 or 2 countries.

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Argentina
  • cross fork and knife in the middle of the plate


British
  • knife and fork together at four o’clock
  • fork on the left and knife on the right
  • knife blade facing in
  • fork tines facing down

Canada, United States
  • place knife and fork (tines up) side by side on the plate at the 10:20 o'clock position, with the handles of your silverware at the four
  • fork on the left and knife on the right
  • the blade of the knife facing the fork
  • fork tines facing up


Columbia
  • place the knife and fork horizontally across the plate


France
  • knife and fork on the plate together in the middle


Germany
  • place fork and knife parallel across the right hand side of plate


Italy, Switzerland
  • place knife and fork (tines up) side by side on the plate at the 5:25 o'clock position
  • fork on the left and knife on the right
  • the blade of the knife facing the fork


These are all I found so far....
If you know more, please let me know.


Source:
Family Education
Wikipedia
Admin Prof
BBC
eDiplomat

1 comment:

Nash_nl said...

Very informative
It would be even better if there are photo illustrations.