Angoel (angoel) wrote,

I'm getting old. I can tell this because I occasionally prefix my sentances with 'when I was young'. Speaking of which...

...When I was young, things were much better in the cutlery front. You could buy cheap sets of cutlery, hung on a convinient rack, to bring out when you needed to cutlerise guests. Those days, seemingly, have passed, and cutlery racks have gone extinct. Possibly the cheap convinience was too much for the companies that produced them. People bought the rack, and then did not purchase replacements. The cheap cutlery manufacturers sold themselves out of existance.

Instead, we are left with the predatory cutlarists. The people who sell pieces of cutlery individually; "Come and buy me," they chant; "this small spoon will only set you back a fiver. Keep buying, and over the next two years of issues, your collection will grow to a complete cutlery set complete with gravy straining spoon". The people who sell cutlery in a box handcrafted of bongon wood from the tropical rainforests, in the misguided belief that your neighbours will wish to come round and admire your perfectly matched set. The people who sell sufficient cutlery to accessorise dinner parties for five thousand. The people who sell cutlery chipped out of blocks of solid platimum using their diamond rings.

It's a failure of the modern world. It was all so much better in my youth. I mean, all I wanted was a cheap hanging cutlery set...

ETA: I'm aware that these sets are available online - after all, everything's available online. But they're rare, where they should be ubiquitous. Amazon and John Lewis, each of which contain more items than I can shake a very large stick at, contain one such set each. And the amazon set isn't even currently available. Hanging cutlery sets are useful. They shouldn't be harder to find than bonsai kits. Blast it.
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