Re: [gardeners] Re: tools

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 11:21:27 -0700

>Also, do you know why one always faces the cutting edge of the knife 
>into the plate instead of toward the diner to one's right? Please 
>consider:  were the dangerous edge of the knife faced outward one 
>would run of risk of causing a fellow diner grevious harm. This 
>custom of courtesy to one's companions is of many centuries duration.
And how is one to pick up said knife, Pat?  The sharper edge always points
down when I pick it up.  I infer that is incorrect, so I would be drummed
out of polite society in the South, were I to venture there.  There have
been dining companions -- even Southerners -- upon whom I would have liked
to have used the sharp edge.  Margaret L