Why do we use knife in the right hand and fork in the left hand eating meal?

@XoyyoX (1055)
China
April 17, 2009 3:50am CST
Is it a must for us to hold the knife in our right hand and fork in our left hands when we eat meals? what is the reason lying behind this? i guess mose people in the world are right-handed, and our right hand has more strength and power so that most of us use right hand to cut meat or some other food iwth our right hand?
3 responses
@chookie1971 (2275)
• Australia
17 Apr 09
That is certain a very interesting question. For me, I have been doing it all my life so it is habit for me. To try and break the habit, it would be difficult for me.
@XoyyoX (1055)
• China
17 Apr 09
but why? my dear Sis, one of my students asked me this question this afternoon, and I do not know know the answer, as a native English speaker, would you like to find out the reason why? thanks
• Australia
17 Apr 09
I have no idea why, but it was the way I was taught
6 Oct 12
My uncle said we set our knife across the top of the Plate, and then switch our fork to the right hand because during the pre revolutionary war days that would be a symbol to the other patriots at the table that you were with them and not with the British or Tories .
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Apr 09
I've found it easier to apply pressure and cut with the right so use the knife with right hand. It's much easier to pick and hold down with the left hand.