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Cutlery includes any hand held implement used in preparing, serving and eating food in western culture. A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler. Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually refers to knives and other cutting instruments. Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the more

Cutlery includes any hand held implement used in preparing, serving and eating food in western culture. A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler. Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually refers to knives and other cutting instruments. Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.

Flatware, knives and cutlery are essential in the preparation and eating of food. Knives are of high importance to a chef, with them paying large amounts of money for a knife set and taking exceptional care of them. They are extremely sharp as they are frequently used. Knife sets are widely available for household use, though they are not to the quality of a professional knife set. Flatware, or cutlery as it is known in the UK, is also widely available from many shops and also online. They are commonly made from steel and in some cases have a plastic handle. They are also able to be manufactured in many styles and shapes to fit with themes of rooms and events. They are available in sets, containing knives, forks, desert and tea spoons with soup spoons and desert forks also available.

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