The History of Cutlery

Cutlery is a collective term for the various metal tools used to cut, scoop, and serve food. The word "cutlery" is derived from the Latin "bestia," meaning "beasts," because it was originally used to cut and eat meat during feasts.

The history of cutlery dates back to ancient times when people used tools to cut and eat food. In ancient times, tools were made from materials such as wood, ivory, and bone, and they were used to cut and serve food. In the Middle Ages, cutlery was made of metals such as silver, gold, and copper. It was especially popular among the wealthier classes, who used it for dining during feasts and other important occasions.

During the Renaissance, cutlery became increasingly important and was used by people from all walks of life. It was made of metals such as silver, gold, and copper, and sometimes other materials such as porcelain and wood. In the 18th and 19th centuries, cutlery became increasingly popular, and it was made from various types of metal, such as stainless steel, brass, and copper. It was used for both formal and informal occasions and was often used for dining during feasts and other important events.

Today, cutlery is made from a wide range of materials, such as stainless steel, brass, copper, porcelain, and wood. It is used for both formal and informal occasions and is available in a wide range of styles and designs.


In 2013, Fie-Anne and Marcel started selling the Napoleon series from the EME brand. Both found it to be a particularly beautiful product. Starting small with just a few types of cutlery in a few colors, they began from a small attic room at home. Over the years, it has grown into a full-fledged company with a business premises and online sales of all types of Napoleon cutlery, in 19 colors, worldwide. Among their clientele, they can even count members of the Royal family and well-known Dutch personalities.

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EME-Napoleon believes in reducing the distance with the customer. Sales via the Internet are already so impersonal. Buying online is so different from buying in a store, yet has succeeded in reducing this distance by providing excellent customer service. And this is evident from all the positive reviews customers have given. The reviews of EME-Napoleon show that not only the product but also the service deserves 5 stars.

"Free shipping, neatly packaged, and even a free gift included! Just top-notch. A good combination of personal service and buying online."

The Origin of the EME Brand (1974)

The Mori family has been rooted in Lumezzane for generations, a land with deep historical roots in metalworking, particularly in the production of cutlery. In 1974, Egidio Mori, with his brothers already working in the sector as subcontractors of stainless steel cutlery products and components, started his business with the pragmatic approach typical of Brescia entrepreneurship.

From that ancient and hard traditional production, Egidio Mori's highly innovative entrepreneurial adventure flourished in the early 1980s with the presentation of articles designed by himself. A few years later, the production of cutlery with handles in colored resin began, which aroused strong interest from customers and the market, allowing the company to position itself at the top of world markets in a short time.

The Mission of EME

The strength of EME lies in managing the entire production cycle, supported by a highly specialized team and family members who personally oversee the production processes and maintain relationships with customers, employees, and suppliers. Behind the creation of a product always lies the need to meet and sometimes even exceed customer expectations.

EME adds value to the project, from concept to development, by entrusting it to designers who work in close collaboration with the owners with professionalism and skills to manufacture the perfect product. Therefore, EME stands for:

  • Development of new concepts. Not only cutlery, but innovation is also important. Collaborations with cultural institutions (La Triennale di Milano), with young designers (Prime Cup 01), and with professionals.
  • Constant quality. Special attention is paid not only to the product but also to the design, construction, and maintenance, to preserve the intrinsic characteristics of each model.
  • Value for money. Thanks to fully automated and constantly monitored production, the company produces items with excellent value for money.
  • EME's corporate policy considers the principles of dignity, health, and safety of workers and respect for the environment as fundamental. Consumer health is also protected by selecting steel and the best plastics to meet the requirements of non-toxicity and suitability for food contact.
  • Speed. Controlling the entire production cycle within the factory means that the company maintains a high quality standard and ensures the shortest possible quality and response times. Storing goods in the warehouse also shortens delivery times.


EME Cutlery Today

Years of experience, expertise, technology, and innovation, global export.
Since 2006, the second generation of the Mori family has successfully continued the process of growth and research from the perspective of product, distribution, marketing, and corporate image.
Quality, service, flexibility remain EME's strengths.

Every day, EME contributes to strengthening the image of "Made in Italy" products. The cutlery reflects the culture of the Italians who teach the true essence and meaning of the Italian lifestyle every day around the world through design, fashion, and food.

The cutlery is made with passion and precision in the largest cutlery factory in Europe: in the city of Lumezzane, a few kilometers east of Milan. Want to know how the cutlery is made? Take a look inside the factory.