A monumental change for our ancestors occurred nearly 400 years ago. Following this day in 1637, our ancestors started using dinner knives for the first time.
Prior to Richelieu’s invention, diners typically used hunting daggers to spear their morsels, which were then conveyed to the mouth by hand or with the help of a spoon. Richelieu’s knives soon became the rage among the French court, and soon everyone who was anyone in France had a set. Table manners improved greatly as a result.
The fork had existed since biblical times. However, the fork remained a relative rarity in the West until the 17th century.
You can read more in an article by Tony Long in the Wired.com web site at http://goo.gl/BvfH3
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