There is plenty of evidence that the people of very early times concentrated along the borders of the sea and large bodies of water. The shores of these waters provided shells which served as natural spoons with which to eat certain types of food. These were available long before man knew how to fashion metal into weapons or implements. Stone knives were made at a very early time, but they were fairly clumsy and apparently were used for hunting rather than eating. This was true even long after metal was employed.
Spoons have been found as relics from the table dating from a period long before knives and forks began to appear. Therefore, we may conclude that the spoon was the first of these implements to be used for eating purposes.