- Jan 23, 2011
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This, and not the other assumption.fwiw comment for *flatness* has to do with the handle i think
Obviously handle shape is entirely personal preference, and there is no prescriptive right or wrong. Some like flatter handles, others very bulbous/rounded shapes, or flat but deep (or grooved, etc), or formed such as GJ "Prism", which looks great and feels/handles beautifully im$.02o.
If the utensil/handle heft and balance is not good, no shape will be comfortable, so handle choice is not only a visual issue.
As for your question regarding materials alternatives to metal flatware, there are no great options yet, that I know of. Plastics all have the known drawbacks; bamboo is somewhat common but obviously not durable; ceramics are being researched, do not seem great yet, but will probably eventually develop.
The demand for alternative materials to metal flatware will always increase, though, as metal not only affects taste but also certain medical conditions.
Alternative materials (very possibly coordinated with 3-D printing for fabrication) will surely arrive, likely sooner than later. It will be interesting to see what develops.