WMF Bistro Party Forks, Set of 4
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- Bistro party forks; designed by Peter Baurle
- Crafted from 18/10 stainless steel with a high-polish finish
- Styling blends slender necks with flared handles and faceted tips
- Working ends are modern, functional, and comfortable
- Dishwasher-safe; full range of coordinating Bistro pieces available
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Perfect for cocktail hour, holiday entertaining, or the buffet, these WMF Bistro party forks, designed by Peter Baurle, are great for assorted tapas or appetizers. Bistro is crafted from tarnish-resistant 18/10 stainless steel with a high-polish mirror finish. Arguably the most distinctive design in the Bistro lineup, the party forks feature a tab grip and three curving prongs. The shape is modern and stylish and works well with cheese, oysters, prosciutto, strawberries, and pickled asparagus tips. These forks blend easily with existing flatware collections, are dishwasher-safe for simple cleanup.
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The fork is concave (curves inward) on one side and convex (curves outward) on the other. In all of the pictures, the fork is shown convex side up. In the picture, it looks like there is a hinge or small hole at the junction of the prongs and the handle. But there isn't a hinge, and there isn't a hole, either; the fork is one piece of metal that has been molded into a form that is dimensional rather than flat. There is a small indentation (or button from the other side) that aids the forks in stacking together, which is what's showing up in the picture. The pictures also have a horrible shadow. The finish in the photo makes the forks look dull (or buffed down), but they are shiny, like they are described in the text. The lighting in the photograph was just bad. I almost did not buy the forks because of the strange impression from the picture, but the button aids in the functioning of the fork, it does not get in the way of the design, and doesn't look odd in person. The company needs to post new photos so you can have a better idea of what you'd be buying.
Using the concave side, the fork has an extremely good fit and feel in my hand. My thumb fits naturally into the concave handle, and my fingers wrap naturally around the other side. Because of the design of the tines, they allow you to get a good grip on the food you're picking up. The forks will work best for picking up items from a buffet table or plate. The middle tine is lower, creating a bit of a cradle when combined with the handle, and making the fork ideal for picking up rounded items like olives, carrots and celery. The design of these forks will keep people's food from falling off their forks and back onto the table.
I've used the fork to get olives out of a bottle, and managed to stab the olive without getting my fingers wet. :) They will be great for getting pickles out of a bottle! Initially, it seemed like the fork would be good for scooping up dips, such as humus. But I tried turning the fork around in my hand, and the tines poked at my palm, making it uncomfortable to use as a spoon. I guess that's why it's called a FORK. Ha, ha.
The order of 24 came in a box with six cards of 4 each, labeled for individual sale, so the extras can be given out as party favors. That's good, because your guests will love them, and want their own.
They aren't really cheesy, but they sure aren't what I'd call substantial either. Now that I have them, I can't even really think of what one might practically use them for. Squid probably don't make the most appealing cake fork. Ceviche, maybe?
The price is right, but in the end, I haven't found a very practical application for these interesting little forks.
These are cool-looking, light-weight, but in the end I find them to be more of a gimmick than of real value. Unless one entertains a good number of guests pretty frequently with party foods, these are a bit of an overkill in the "well-stocked kitchen" department. If I had tons of drawer space and entertained frequently (as stated above), these would add a special little something to the party and act as conversation starters if nothing else. But for the occasional gatherings with friends and family during the holidays or for a birthday, I am not sure these are needed. During the rest of the year they'd just be in the drawer, taking up space.
So - neat idea but for me personally not essential by a long shot.