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Old 02-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Carving Fork

I bought myself a carving fork. I never had one before and just used a cheap SS kitchen fork like the second image.

I have a set of Henckels Pro S knives and the matching fork was more expensive than I thought was appropriate.

While wandering around Costco Saturday, I walked past the Gunter Wilhelm display/demo booth. It's been there forever and they demo and sell individual pieces. I have all the knives I need but have always wanted a carving fork with sold/heavy tines for moving roasts and serving slices.

GW had this carving fork in the first image on display for $39.95. I bought it and used it last night for a 7-8 pound roast chicken and it works great.

The Costco GW booth sells all their knives for $29.95-$39.95 each with the cleaver going for $49.95.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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Nice!!! A good carving fork makes such a difference!

I've always used the same one for the past 25 years - it's from a carving set my parents got as a wedding present in 1960 :)
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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The only way to go. Straight tines make carving so much easier.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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I am a sucker for estate sales. I have (more than) several sets of carving forks and knives. O look, it's at this unbelievabe price. Still in its' presentation box. Were they ever used? Nice long thin blade on the still sharp knife(s), some forks have a fancy twist betw/the handle before the tines straighten out again.

With all the fancy tools taking up drawer space, I am not a "carver". I slice and dice really well, and tear the meat if I forget to let it rest long enough, ahem. I have successfuly carved a turkey or three, not just pulled the meat off the bone and cut in pieces. Even so, after all these years, I refer to illustrations in a cookbook How-To while the roast cooks, just to make sure. I am blessed wth 2 Expert BIL's who are good carvers at holiday time, or when we made a roast for special dinners. And a SIL who likes to clean the carcass after dinner for tasty bite leftovers. I shoulda stayed married just for this.

For everyday at home types of roasts, I usually grab a dinner fork and use a sharp knife, usually, tho not always, a carving knife.

Did I mention I am left handed, and pretty near everything is backwards and what's on the platter does not take readily to reversals.

Well, I expect its should be a bit of a la-de-da experience. Carving forks do help anchor and hold better when properly placed. Ahh, Hams, Now this is when I like to use a carving fork. I knew there is one time it works better.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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$40 for a fork? Ouch, I got mine from my mom, looks almost identical to yours and it was free lol!
America is expensive! That is about R360. I could buy a weeks worth of food with that.
I think I need to move!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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It looks like a nice one, Andy.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #7
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I bought myself a carving fork. I never had one before and just used a cheap SS kitchen fork like the second image.

I have a set of Henckels Pro S knives and the matching fork was more expensive than I thought was appropriate.

While wandering around Costco Saturday, I walked past the Gunter Wilhelm display/demo booth. It's been there forever and they demo and sell individual pieces. I have all the knives I need but have always wanted a carving fork with sold/heavy tines for moving roasts and serving slices.

GW had this carving fork in the first image on display for $39.95. I bought it and used it last night for a 7-8 pound roast chicken and it works great.

The Costco GW booth sells all their knives for $29.95-$39.95 each with the cleaver going for $49.95.
I have one almost identical to that that I bought at Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago. It is one of my better gadget purchases. it's strong enough to stick it into the cavity of a capon and lift it out of the pan and onto the cutting board without any other utensil. The straight tines make positioning it for carving easy. I have a good carving set that I inherited when my father died, but while I like the carving knife in the set, I swap the fork for this one. Not that the one in the set is a bad one, but this dedicated carving fork is just a better design.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #8
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I have that fork! I have the 11 piece Gunter Wilhem set I bought about 8 years ago and I am quite pleased with them. More pleased, in fact, than I was with the Henckles I had prior to buying the Gunters.

I did have a slight problem with two of the knives, but they replaced them immediately without argument. I realize it's just a fork, but I think you'll be happy with it, and know that if you ever have any problem with it, they will replace it free of charge.
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... it's strong enough to stick it into the cavity of a capon and lift it out of the pan and onto the cutting board without any other utensil...

I ued it to pick up a 7.8 Lb. roaster chicken with no flex/bend.
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I am a sucker for estate sales. I have (more than) several sets of carving forks and knives. O look, it's at this unbelievable price. Still in its' presentation box. Were they ever used? Nice long thin blade on the still sharp knife(s), some forks have a fancy twist between/the handle before the tines straighten out again.

With all the fancy tools taking up drawer space, I am not a "carver". I slice and dice really well, and tear the meat if I forget to let it rest long enough, ahem. I have successfully carved a turkey or three, not just pulled the meat off the bone and cut in pieces. Even so, after all these years, I refer to illustrations in a cookbook How-To while the roast cooks, just to make sure. I am blessed with 2 Expert BIL's who are good carvers at holiday time, or when we made a roast for special dinners. And a SIL who likes to clean the carcass after dinner for tasty bite leftovers. I shoulda stayed married just for this.

For everyday at home types of roasts, I usually grab a dinner fork and use a sharp knife, usually, tho not always, a carving knife.

Did I mention I am left handed, and pretty near everything is backwards and what's on the platter does not take readily to reversals.

Well, I expect its should be a bit of a la-de-da experience. Carving forks do help anchor and hold better when properly placed. Ahh, Hams, Now this is when I like to use a carving fork. I knew there is one time it works better.
I went to school when they didn't let you be left handed. Today I am grateful. I can carve with either hand. And you are right. Nothing is made for lefthanders. Try opening a can with a manual can opener. I still do it with my left hand.
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