The fork crown. I don’t know the origin of the term, but what a beautiful term it is. In Italian – ”testa forcella”. Che bella! In its simplest description, an area of metal onto which the fork blades and steering column are joined during the assembly process to yield a complete fork—nothing more, nothing less. For such a basic task, the shapes and styles of the crown may vary widely, generally to coincide with the framebuilder’s idea for the intended purpose of the assembled bicycle. Unless of course, he has no idea, or there is no intended purpose. In which case, he orders a fork from a catalog.