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, which closely model those used from the early Iron Age to the Middle Ages, 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.