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The Wonderfully Versatile Knork

The wonderfully versatile knork – the perfect eating utensil

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Have you heard of knorks? Up until recently I hadn’t but in fact it’s a piece of cutlery that’s existed for over two hundred years! Famous users included Horatio Nelson and the children author Roald Dahl’s father who used preliminary forms of the modern knork.

The modern knork is a stylish and innovative piece of equipment which can really help you if you only have the use of one arm or you have limited dexterity. It combines the cutting capability of a knife with the spearing capabilities of a fork, hence the name knork. The modern knork came into being when its inventor Mike Miller was trying to come up with an easier way of eating pizza!

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Now there are a huge range of knorks and whole cutlery sets available. In 2004, Knork Flatware was developed and this range includes a steak/butter knife, one for salad, a tablespoon and a teaspoon. All the range  is designed with comfort and safety in mind. The Knork range really does just keep on growing. You can also get one with a contoured foam handle (pictured) which can be even more helpful if you have dexterity problems as it fits snugly into the palm of your hand.

The knork is usable by both left and right handed people and is extremely safe to use without either a sharp or serrated edge. In fact, it is near impossible to cut yourself with a knork. The knork’s “knife-edge” isn’t sharp but can comfortably and safely cut through most foods when used in a rocking motion. It’s not difficult to master and becomes second nature after awhile!

Dining with a Knork

Knorks are great if you just want to use one hand or have poor grip or limited dexterity, they’re fantastic for camping and travel and they’re also wonderfully convenient if you’re going on a family picnic!

The knork is truly an ingenious invention and as the range grows and expands it seems there will soon be a knork for every occasion!

A knork is a knife and a fork when space is limited, it looks like an ordinary fork rather than a special piece of cutlery. The rocking motion when you put the knork on it’s side is the clever part. It ‘cuts’ food without any danger or hurting your mouth when you use it. A genius invention that fits nicely inside a trabasack for ‘al fresco’ dining, take one wherever you go.

Trabasack: a testimonial from one of our first customers

Trabasack: a testimonial from one of our first customers

On YouTube you’ll find a video from Dr. Mark Edworthy who was one of our first customers to buy the Trabasack back in 2009. In this video Mark discusses exactly how useful his Trabasack has been and exactly why he “would be lost without it”.

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The Trabasack is an inventive and original lap tray which doubles as a bag and has become extremely popular amongst wheelchair users for a number of reasons. Mark describes the Trabasack as “unique” and says he’d “never seen anything like it” and also has found it “incredibly useful” in the two years he’s had it.

With its multifunctional use as both a tray and a bag Dr. Mark describes the surface as “beautifully flat…which I can use for writing or even put a mug of coffee on” and also notes it has “proved to be pretty indestructible for the two years I’ve had it.” This is a great testament as Trabasack’s truly are designed to last and if yours does need a wash, you can simply put it in a regular machine at 30 degrees and it’ll come out as good as new.

As a wheelchair user, Dr. Mark explains how he can use the extra straps of the Trabasack to attach it to his chair when travelling and then when getting on and off trains via ramps he does not have to worry about it sliding off or getting lost. Throughout his travels Mark uses his Trabasack to carry his laptop and notes and finds it “quick to access” due to its “easy to use zips”.

Using your Trabasack as a food tray

Fascinatingly, Mark has found another use for his Trabasack over the years, one which we may not have envisaged previously. He discusses the common problem of going out to eat in restaurants as a wheelchair user and how many restaurants simply aren’t designed with accessibility in mind. However with your Trabasack in tow, Mark explains how you “can put the plate straight onto the Trabasack, no fuss, simplicity”.

Dr Mark considers his Trabasack essential and as mentioned says “I would be lost without it” which is a true sign of exactly how useful and valuable your Trabasack will become once you’ve bought it.

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