A snail fork is intended for use when eating snails from the shell or from a snail dish. Some manufacturers use the term "escargot fork" instead of snail fork. It is sometimes confused with a cocktail fork, and a cocktail fork is occasionally used in place of a snail fork. However, the snail fork has two, long, pointed tines used to spear snail meat. A typical snail fork measures approximately 4-1/2 inches in length.
Snail forks are not part of any standard table settings, although some manufacturer's patterns or collections will have matching snail forks available. Snail forks are available in several grades of stainless steel, so be certain to note if the utensil is made from 18/10, 18/8, or 18/0 stainless.