Has German any word tahvel (tahfel) meaning a fork?
Where did you find that? Estonian tahvel is indeed from German Tafel or at least influenced by it but I only find the meaning blackboard, which is one of meanings of Tafel in German as well.Tahvel is Estonian (fork) maybe from Baltic German?
From Gabel in general. A Heugabel is only one special kind of fork. More precisely, it is from Gavel, the Low German version of the word. Most medieval German loans in Baltic languages are from Low German and not from High German. The German settlers in the Baltic were Low German speaking and Low German was also the language of the Hanseatic League.Right, maybe kahvel. Sorry. Is Estonian kahvel < German Heugabel (heyfork)?