SmithAir747
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For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:31 am

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:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/SmithAlien747/splayds_display2.jpg

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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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:39 am

They look like the sporks that fast food places like Taco Bell and KFC use.
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:18 am

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

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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:26 am

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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bill142
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:12 pm

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.
 
ozguy
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:14 pm

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.
 
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:44 pm

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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kiwiandrew

RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:04 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 2):
but certainly not something you'd find in a respectable dining establishment.

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Mate , what would you be doing in a respectable dining establishment ?  Wink
 
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RE: For Australians: Do You Use Splayds?

Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:37 pm

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