These Web pages all depict a salad knife in a formal table setting:
These Web pages offer to sell or rent salad knives:
I’ve never encountered a salad knife as part of a set of utensils, and the salads I’m familiar with don’t need a knife. The pictures of salad knives are not consistent sizes or shapes, and some look identical to dinner knives. I’m left with the following questions:
- Is a salad knife a real thing, or is this a creation of low-quality Web content, mis-translation, or sales tactics?
- When is a salad knife necessary? I.e., what kind of salad needs to be cut with a knife?
- What properties of a knife make it suitable for salads? I.e., what is a salad knife supposed to look like?
(Searching the Web is difficult, because “salad knife” primarily returns plastic lettuce-cutting knives like this.)