Did you know that the first forks were seen as an insult to God....until Charles 1st declared them as decent? You can read all about the history of cutlery in the link at the bottom of the page. It seems that throughout time clerics have been offended by the latest eating utensils!
The term cutlery derives from the French word for knife maker- it dates back to the 12th Century.
In the earliest times where cutlery was used, it would be normal to arrive at an event where you might eat, bringing your own cutlery. Thankfully this tradition has now died out so we can travel without a pocket full of weaponry - some of the earlier examples look quite vicious!
Read more about the interesting history here: