What You Need to Know About Table Settings Slideshow

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Dinner Knife

It’s meant to be used to aid in picking up food with the fork (and before the 16th and 17th century, when forks became more popular, it was used with the spoon), not for lifting food to the mouth, or licking. When setting the table, place the sharp side towards the plate — some say it’s like saying f-you to your neighbor if you face a knife blade out.

Jane Bruce