Set of 4 Vintage Koi Fish Knife / Chopstick Rest are made of white porcelain with a hand applied blue glaze so that each is unique. A beautiful fun and functional addition to any tablescape no matter what cuinsine you are serving! Two sets available
DIMENSIONS: 3" L x 1" W x .5" D
FACTS & HISTORY: Knife rests in their modern form were invented in the late 17th century or early 18th century, but earlier ones, possibly just wood, were used during the time of Henry VIII. They were invented to save the knife, fork, and tablecloth from being stained by cooking fluids. Later, however, they were developed in sets.
A chopstick rest or Hashioki (in Japanese 箸置き) is tableware, similar to a knife rest or a spoon rest, used to keep chopstick tips off the table and to prevent used chopsticks from contaminating or rolling off tables. Chopstick rests are found more commonly in restaurants than in homes. They come in various shapes and are made from clay, wood, plastic, metal, glass, porcelain or precious stones such as jade. If the chopsticks come in paper sleeves, some people fold the sleeves into chopstick rests.
In East Asia, chopstick rests are usually used at formal dinners. They are placed on the front-left side of the dishes, with the chopsticks parallel to the table edge and the points toward the left, or to the right side of the dishes, with the chopstick points towards to the front.