August 19 2011
There are a number of purchases that are incredibly personal – finding the perfectly fitting bra, for example, or the ideal (for you) perfume. Some of these buys may take a lifetime of searching for. Another is cutlery.
I’m always interested to see if a restaurant’s cutlery suits me – if the weight and balance are spot on; if it feels comfortable in the hand and scoops or cuts just so, without effort. More often than not it doesn’t. But these days this is of academic interest because a few years ago, I found my cutlery for life.
It’s not incredibly expensive. It wouldn’t suit everyone, as its looks are modern, and square-ish and a little bit retro. But I know I will always be happy using it because even four years down the line, opening my cutlery drawer and taking out a set of David Mellor Café cutlery (first picture) lifts my spirits each day. Why?
Well, like all truly personal choices, it’s a little hard to explain. But I do like the fact that it’s solid and dependable (no handles to snap off), isn’t too delicate or elegant or long (these tend to sit too insecurely in my hands), and the stainless steel is great quality (they look as good as new).
Also, I don’t think you can underestimate how much difference it makes purchasing an object you have actually seen made. For I don’t recommend you buy your David Mellor cutlery from the Sloane Square store in London, but from the Hathersage factory shop in the Peak District, yards from the famed round factory (second picture), built by the late David Mellor, which you can visit on weekdays and observe the work of a great British design label still intact.
Café cutlery is £39 for a five-piece setting.