Fractal cutlery that fringes off into hairy infinity

On the FractalForums message boards, a user called LhoghoNurbs has posted this wonderful contest-entry for a notional set of fractal cutlery. In a subsequent post, LhoghoNurbs explains that all the image manipulation was done in the GIMP, without any 3D modelling software. LhoghoNurbs wants a set of these, and so do I.

The set includes four pieces:

Cantor fork :: now you can pin a single kiwi seed. Twice in a row.

Recursive spoon :: it will never let you spill a drop of soup. Ever.

Koch knife :: to delicately cut hair-thin slices out of an egg. A raw egg.

The Infinity Set :: the set includes itself. As a subset.

Every piece of the set is inscribed with our Julia logo and our motto "The Infinities are Possible". Limited quantities. Unlimited price. The kiwi, the drop of soup and the egg are not included in the box, but could be ordered separately.

We are proudly presenting our latest kitchenware set featuring a design distilled for centuries by moulders all over the world; and based on the latest scientific breakthroughs. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


    1. I wish the fork was truly fractal, all the way down to the molecular level.  The tips would be a grey blur, but so wickedly sharp it would shred your lips and tongue.  For Science!

  1. It’s like William Gibson’s ceramic fractal knife

    1. Also, I think there’s a blade like that described in Snow Crash (1992). But I may be mis-remembering. Some Neal Stephenson novel anyway. It’s obviously an idea whose time has come.  I want one.

      1. You’re thinking of The Diamond Age, I think; there’s a nano-mechanical chainsaw, with a molecular, self-propelled edge. That was a pretty damned good moment in the book :D

        1. It’s also in Snow Crash — it’s the glass knife that the Aleut guy made. He used it to cut somone in half, lengthwise, among other things. [OK, strictly not a fractal knife, but a knife with a molecularly-sharp edge.]

          1. Molecularly sharp edge? Don’t forget “Death” from the Discworld series. Terry Pratchett has him wielding a blade that’s sharp at a molecular level.

    2. What about the super-sharp ceramic knives in Islands in the Net? They weren’t fractal — but with that sort of sharpness, cheapness, and durability — who cares?!!

      1. Well, on the microscopic scale, the utensils should have the same pattern seen in the photo, so it’s hard to imagine microbes finding a comfortable place to sit.

        Although probably the small print on the box says “The Infinity Set (for small values of infinity, approximately 4)”.

  2. Brilliant!  Want! (and to Sarcastic Rover, the “Mandelbrot Set” would be a clever name, but really not appropriate for the shapes. On the other hand, you could maybe start with a Mickey Mouse-shaped pancake and elaborate something that resembles the Mandelbrot Set. Hmmmm…..)

  3. I like it because I won’t have the memorize the how to set the table. I can instead order the cutlery by its fractal dimension.

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