Author: Sharron Wall

utensil is a major attraction in the kitchen.

Why Chefs Love SwipStix

Salads are a perfect partner for the Swip utensil.

When a chef has gone to the enormous effort of styling a plate to appeal to the eye as well as the palate, the least we can do is eat the food with the same respect it was prepared. Stabbing is just not on. That’s why chefs appreciate your using the Swip. It selects the morsel you want to enjoy and lifts it effortlessly off the plate.

Forks hold meat down well enough, and they get the food to your mouth, but they are little help when plating, and do not treat salads with the delicacy they deserve. Evolving menus require a more interactive eating tool.

Use the Swip for salads and sushi, certainly, but also try swipping up sauce.

The design of the Swip eating tool was thoughtfully done.

Swip Cuisine

Today’s menus call for eating tools that are more nimble than chopsticks and more versatile than forks–tools that elevate the food, not just stab or skewer it. Now that food culture has evolved away from its ethnic roots, and has become cuisine-entertainment, the time is right to add something new to the cutlery tool box. #theswips #foodietools #notjustasushitool

A food lover should be able to eat with the same level of interest and attention as the person who plated the food. A restaurant patron should be able to artistically deconstruct the presentation on the plate with the same care as the chef who prepared it. #foodie #foodieculture

Swips are at home on your kitchen or dining room table.

The Swip creates a conversation between the eater and the cook – it allows them to Share With Interest and Passion.  #swoop—dip—sip

The Swip is the culmination of a 20-year multidisciplinary challenge: it took the skills of a master carver, a tool-and-die maker, and a creative cook, combined with a deep passion for Nature to create the Swip. Designed by Tom Littledeer, patented by Leading Edge Designs Inc., and manufactured in Canada. They are available at Archer Hard Goods and at 844-UTENSIL.

Design process

A Brief History of Eating Utensils

  • Chopsticks are simple, historical eating tools that have not changed much in 3600 years.
  • Chopsticks take some skill to manipulate, but are somewhat limited in their ability to pick up certain foods.
  • Disposable chopsticks are simply not sustainable.


  • Forks have only been around for a few hundred years.
  • Forks were originally intended to hold meat in place while slicing or butchering, They stab, poke and pin down food well.
  • Metal forks can be cleaned by hand or in a dishwasher, but care must be taken to clean between the tines where food can get stuck.
  • Disposable forks are usually breakable, inefficient, and too short to properly fit in vessels. If not recyclable, they end up in landfills.


  • Swips have been researched for over 20 years and were released in 2015.
  • Swips are designed for efficiency, cleanliness, durability and elegance.
  • Swips are easy to grip, hug the food gently, pick up some sauce, and sit with their tips off the table.
  • Swips are made out of the safest plastic available. It can be recycled in a plastic facility or disposed of in the garbage where it remains stable, sequestering carbon and will eventually be mined.


A Brief History of Eating Utensils

Consider the Fork, Bee Wilson:

Cultured Gourmands; Development of Eating Utensils (Wong, E.):

and on a simpler note:

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