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Strange cutlery: what’s it used for?

Have you ever wondered about the odd cutlery that shows up in antique shops, or at fancy banquets in movies? In this quiz, we examine the strangest utensils ever to slice, stab, scoop or skewer. Can you guess what on earth they were used for?

Question 1 out of 9:

What would you cut with this unusual knife?

Silver knife with patterned blade
Question 2 out of 9:

Why does this knife have a clock?

Knife with a clock in the handle
Question 3 out of 9:

This is called a trencher knife. What’s it for?

Large trencher knife
Question 4 out of 9:

What’s the purpose of this curved blade?

Silver curved knife with decorated handle
Question 5 out of 9:

How about this short, wide spoon made from a cowrie shell?

Spoon made from a cowrie shell
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Question 6 out of 9:

How about these grand-looking tongs?

Silver serving tong with large flat end
Question 7 out of 9:

What would you stab with this fork?

Silver fork with decorated prongs
Question 8 out of 9:

And this one?

Long fork with barbed prongs
Question 9 out of 9:

Finally, which sea creature is this fork intended for?

Fork with five prongs

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