Is Your Fruit Knife Ready For “Get to Know Your Customers” Day?

If you have fruit knives with your logo, you can use them this week.

Thursday, January 20 is National “Get to Know Your Customers” Day.   It happens

Fruit Knife Creations
Fruit Knife Creations

the 3rd Thursday of every quarter in America.

How can you celebrate this important day?

  1. As a business owner, you can use your promotional fruit knives to advertise your business.
  2. Advertise, or just communicate on social media to connect with your local customers. Don’t wait for the big box stores to do that.
  3. Ask your customers if they would like to see you get different items or services.
  4. Ask them if they like what they bought last time they were in your store.
  5. Use the chamber of commerce to hold learning sessions about your products. It costs you nothing but the membership cost.
  6. Give your customers a fruit knife that displays your company logo.
  7. Use a fruit knife to create a food display at your open house this week.

    Fruit Knife with a logo electro etched on the handle
    Fruit Knife with a logo electro etched on the handle

Tuesday October 5 is “National Fruit At Work Day”. Take Your Fruit Knife.

Carved Orange Using a Fruit Knife
Carved Orange Using a Fruit Knife

The first Tuesday in October is “National Fruit At Work” Day”. What a perfect day to take your fruit knife to work with you! It folds, and fits into your pocket for safe keeping.

What are the benefits of eating fresh fruit?

  1. Get energy. Fruits give you a natural energy boost.
  2. Get fiber. Fruits are rich in fiber.
  3. Get natural. Eat naturally, not out of the can; not processed, no additives. This is the healthy way to eat.
  4. Get better memory. Fruits are high in antioxidants, mono-unsaturated fats, folate, and vitamin k.
5-3/4" ivory plastic handle fruit knife 95-112whs
5-3/4″ ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs

 

The Sharp History of the Fruit Knife (Melon Tester), Vegetable Knife

The original folding fruit knife was made of silver and mother-of-pearl in the late

Watermelon Testing Plug Obtained With a Fruit Knife
Watermelon Testing Plug Obtained With a Fruit Knife, But It Looks Like They Are Doing a Little More Than Just Testing!

1700’s in England. Why those materials? Silver is relatively soft, but it is resistant to the citric acid that would eat away at steel. Also, silver has anti-microbial qualities, which would tend to keep the knife free from harmful growths of bacteria. Mother-of-pearl is also impervious to citric acid, and it adds to the beauty of the knife. The less expensive fruit knives had celluloid handles, which would also be resistant to the acid content of fruits.

Today, most fruit knives are made of stainless steel. Sometimes plastic handles are used, to make the knife handle last longer.

In America, the fruit knife became popular in the 1930’s. Many companies would have their logo imprinted on the plastic handles in their corporate colors. They would give these as advertising products to their customers. Many are found in the possession of knife collectors today.

 

PURPOSE:

These specialty knives are made with very long skinny spear blades. Some blades are serrated. They are used by fruit and meat inspectors to get a sample from deep inside the product. The inspectors can then examine the smell, texture, and color of the product.

Credits: Some of this information is from the book Advertising Cutlery, Richard D. White, 1999.

The Best Fruit Knife For Today’s Fruit of Honor

Fruit Knives for National Apricot Day
Fruit Knives for National Apricot Day

It’s fruit trivia time! Which fruit originated in China 4,000 years ago and is a relative of the peach? Your first guess might be the nectarine, right? It is, in fact, the petite and beloved apricot- a fruit rich in vitamins A & C. It made its way slowly westward from China, through the Mediterranean, and finally over to North America, where it mainly settled in California. California produces 95% of our country’s apricots. Yum!

How do you want to enjoy an apricot today?

  • Grab your fruit knife and cut yourself a fresh slice
  • Make a yummy tart or homemade preserves
  • Have an afternoon snack of dried apricots
  • Use your fruit knife to chop some into your morning granola
  • Plant a tree
Stainless Fruit Knife
Stainless Fruit Knife

The Fruit Knife Has a Surprise Dual Purpose This Month

Fruit Knife Art
Fruit Knife Art

The first week of January is New Year’s Resolutions Week.

The second week of this January is National Pizza Week.

This seems to be an ambiguous combination for the month of January.

National Pizza Week
National Pizza Week

Usually a list of resolutions include eating “less” of something. Can you imagine a list of resolutions including “eating more pizza”? Now that’s my kind of new year’s resolution. If I adopted that as a resolution, I’d have to also add these:

  1. Walk or run 10 miles a day
  2. Swim 50 laps a day
  3. Bike 20 miles a day
  4. Cut out all sweets for the month

Whew! And now I’m too tired to eat anything. Once I get my composure back, I

Fruit Knife for 2 Purposes
Fruit Knife for 2 Purposes

can use my fruit knife for 2 purposes.

  • to cut up some juicy healthful Fruit,
  • and of course, cut up the delicious Pizza.

 

 

 

Exotic Fruits That You May (Or May Not) Need a Fruit Knife For

Fruit Knife for #RootVegetableExoticFruitMonth
Fruit Knife for #RootVegetableExoticFruitMonth

When you hear the word “fruit,” usually the typical names pop to mind: apple, banana, pear, orange, peach, etc. But this month you’ll need to think outside the box, as it is Root Vegetable and Exotic Fruits Month. Have you ever heard (or tasted) any of these?

  • Kumquat
  • Durian
  • Pomelo
  • Mangosteen
  • Chom Chom

You can use a fruit knife to taste-test some of these fruits (although some have a hard outer shell, so you might need something a bit stronger!)

5-3/4" ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs
5-3/4″ ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs
4 3/4" Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
4 3/4″ Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss

What Do A Fruit Knife and Thanksgiving Have In Common?

Fruit Knife for sampling your fruit
Fruit Knife for sampling your fruit

Have you ever purchased fruit from the grocery store, only to come home, slice it up, and realize it just wasn’t as ripe as you had hoped?

Enter the fruit knife.

Before cutting up all of the fruit you might be baking with for Thanksgiving, have a quick taste-test by taking a small segment out with your fruit knife. If it’s not quite ready, leave it out to ripen for a few more days and it’ll be ready for whatever delish pie you’re going to make next week!

Happy Holidays!

 

4 3/4" Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
4 3/4″ Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
5-3/4" ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs
5-3/4″ ivory plastic handle fruit/vegetable knife 95-112whs

You Deserve A Fruit Knife In Your Life

Grab A Fruit Knife for #EatFruitAtWorkDay
Grab A Fruit Knife for #EatFruitAtWorkDay

What is your snack of choice during the work day? Something sweet, savory, or crunchy?

I’m not much of a snacker, but since today is Eat Fruit At Work Day, I think I’ll grab a fresh peach from my peach tree!

The best tool that farmers use to taste-test their fruits is a good ol’ fruit knife. Do you have one of these in your arsenal?

4 3/4" Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss
4 3/4″ Stainless Fruit/ Vegetable Knife 95-1712ss