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?