Olde English Bokes Of Curtesye (Books of Courtesy)
admonished readers not to spit across the table, butter bread with their thumbs, or wipe their teeth and knives on the tablecloth! Still, uncouthness often reigned, even at a noble's table. Utensils like these were used from the Viking and early Iron Age to the Medieval period and had to compete with the convenience of fingers. The handle for each hand-forged piece is given the traditional blacksmith's twist and the knife is capable of holding an edge. To minimize rusting, keep oiled following these instructions.