Arthritis can make just about any physical activity a painful proposition and eating can be a particular challenge that actually requires fine control of one’s hands. Conventional forks and spoons are made for healthy hands, requiring a glutton to rotate the hands considerably from the neutral position. This can be painful and very uncomfortable if joints are inflamed and arthritis is raging.
The EasyFork is a new device that helps people with pain in the hands to eat with more control, comfort and confidence. The working side of the EasyFork is bent, allowing the user to hold the utensil with the thumb facing upward while scooping up the food without straining the wrist. Moreover, the large ergonomic grip helps maintain control and the silicone of which it’s made is comfortable on fragile hands. The EasyFork is currently available for preorder through an Indiegogo campaign that’s raising funds to manufacture the utensils in large quantities and help bring the price down from the current, already reasonable it seems, $22.
Here’s a video with Vadim Gordin, the designer of the EasyFork, demonstrating how it works and what led to its development: