In the US, most people use their right hand to eat (unless, of course, they are left-handed). They cut their meat with the knife in the right hand, then lay down the knife and shift the fork to the right hand.
In Germany, the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right hand – and it stays there for the whole meal. Some people consider it rude to put the knife down, especially if you don’t put your left hand on the table. Food is cut one little piece at a time, directly before eating it. You don’t cut up your meat before you start eating.
For some reason, I eat with the knife in my left hand and the fork in my right hand. People always ask me whether I’m a lefty – which I’m not. I just find it more logical to do it this way.
Those of you who have been to Europe, have you noticed the difference? Was it hard to adjust?