It sounds simple enough…but there is a skill to properly holding one’s knife and fork to yield peak performance of the utensils and to present one’s self with proper social grace.  In either the American or Continental style of dining, the following is the correct manner in which to hold the knife and fork:

  • Grasp the utensils’ handles in the palms of the hands.
  • Place  the index fingers on the back of the fork and knife.
  • Gently apply sufficient pressure on the top of the fork and knife where the tines/blade meet the handle.
  • Cut from the top down.
  • Do not apply too much pressure — food will fly off the plate.
  • Use proper “finished” and “resting” positions when not using the flatware.

 

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