The Right Way to Use Your Fork and Knife

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How to Use Cutlery

Good table manners say a lot about an individuals' personality and upbringing.It is important to know the right way to use the cutlery.


  1. When you use knife and fork, the knife is held in the right hand for cutting and the fork in the left hand.
  2. While using a fork with a knife, the prongs face downwards.
  3. Eating just with the fork, one must hold the upper part of the handle between the index and the middle finger and the thumb holds the fork steady.The prongs of the fork face upwards and the ring and the small fingers support the other fingers.
  4. When you hold the knife, cover the end of the knife with your palm and rest the index finger about an inch down the handle to help you press firmly.
  5. Cut a portion of the food for a mouthful, do not cut the entire food into small portions before eating.
  6. For a sit down meal other pieces of cutlery are also laid but only two pieces are used at a time.
  7. When eating do not wave your cutlery in the air to emphasise a point.
  8. Put the knife and fork straight on the plate after use with the blade of the knife facing inwards.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I put my food in my mouth with the knife while eating with the fork and the knife?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Not a great idea. It is surprisingly easy to cut yourself if you do that, depending on how sharp the knife is.
  • Question
    Which cutlery is placed on the far right, the spoon or the knife?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The knife is placed directly to the right of the plate with the cutting edge facing the plate. The spoon is then placed to the right of the knife.
  • Question
    Should a left-handed person hold a fork in his left hand and a knife in his right hand?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, that is typically how it is done.
  • Question
    How do I place my cutlery after eating?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Place your cutlery on the plate with the fork on the left and the knife on the right side, and the knife's blade facing inwards.
  • Question
    So if the chicken has bones in it, how do I cut it with the knife?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can put the fork right next to the bone, and then use a knife to pull it off the bone.
Unanswered Questions
  • How should I cut harder food items with the table knife if they blunt?
  • If you are left handed how do you handle the cutlery?
  • What type of spoon is placed before the knife?
  • How do I use a fork and spoon?
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  • If you have dropped a piece of cutlery do not bend to pick it up but ask for another one.

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