The Modern Fork
By the next century the immoral fork had become a dinner standard. Americans, however, were late to its use. Knives were imported from Europe and many people used a spoon or another knife to steady food while cutting it. By the mid-18th century most forks had a modern look of four curved tines. The curve aided in scooping up food and gave a clearer view of the food being cut. Imports of forks were scarce and American factories were slow to produce the modern utensil. In the meantime, the colonies instead favored spoons to hold food. Forks finally became popular in the United States by early 19th century, making them the ubiquitous tool they are today.