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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