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For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1659 posts, RR: 27
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

A question for the Australians on A.net:

Do you use Splayds, or have you used them in the past? If you're not aware of them, they're stainless-steel spork-like utensils with a straight cutting edge on one or both sides, and "Splayds" is their brand name, and are exclusively an Australian invention (post-World War II). If you use them or have used them, what is your opinion/experience with Splayds?

A photo of Splayds:


A lovely set of 18/8 stainless steel Splayds in an elegant velvet lined box.

I've seen them on eBay (Australian eBay mostly) and I've seen them sold on Australian websites.

For example, Splayds have their own website ( http://www.splayds.com ) but they seem to be out of stock of them. Also, the REMO General Store (another Australian online store) has them ( http://www.remogeneralstore.com ).

However, they are extremely rare and hard to find outside Australia, and even if you look on eBay, they're almost exclusively sold by Australian sellers.

Why are they so rare outside Australia, and impossible to find in the UK/USA/wherever else (either department stores, online, etc)?

Please let me know if you use/have used Splayds, and what is your opinion of these unique, iconic Australian national utensils?


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12198 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
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They look like the sporks that fast food places like Taco Bell and KFC use.

You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Meh - it's a piece of cutlery - very common in Australia, but certainly not something you'd find in a respectable dining establishment.


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3663 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

This reminds me of the Simpsons in Australia episode.

Outback Guy: You call that a knife (to bart's knife), This is a knife!! (holds out a spoon)
Bart: That's not a knife, thats a spoon.
Outback Guy: Ohh I seem you've played Knifey Spooney before ah mate!

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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8480 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Oh a Spork. No. I don't own them and I never will. They are tacky instruments and people shouldn't be so lazy as to not use two peices of cuttlery.

User currently offlineOzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

We've got them, I'm pretty sure mum and dad got them as a wedding gift. We never use them though, as far as I know they're boxed up in the back shed. We have friends though that only ever eat cakes/desserts with splayds...odd.

User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

We have splayds but never call them splayds. We use them for rice and curries and stir frys and the stuff you have in bowls.

User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5814 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
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They were a trendy gift especcially as wedding gift in the '70s and '80s don't actually know anyone that has a set tho!

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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8701 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2000 times:
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Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 2):
but certainly not something you'd find in a respectable dining establishment.


Mate , what would you be doing in a respectable dining establishment ?  Wink

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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3193 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

They are that common; I had heard of them but don't have any in our house.

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