• Weight 9 Grams
  • Size 170 x 38 x 17 mm
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  • Cost $3.95

Light My Fire Original Spork

Rating

Rating:       7.7 / 10

Value for Money    2.2

Comfort                1.5

Weight                  2.5

Durability              1.5

Light My Fire Spork Review

The Spork, or combination spoon/fork/knife is an attempt to reduce the number of cooking utensils as well as the weight you carry so for ultra-lighters you can’t really beat this option at only nine grams. I must admit I’m a bit ‘old school’ so am not a big fan of the Spork concept just as I didn’t like the idea ‘Splades’ (if you don’t know what a Splade is ask your parents…. or grandparents). My cutlery utensil of choice for hiking is still a long handled spoon. So keep this in mind as you read this review.

If you are eating meals out of bowls or off plates then this Spork works well. For those of us who eat of out bags or peanut butter jars then not so much. Apart from the lightweight and low purchase price, the uses for the Spork are limited.

As a double ended implement that has a spoon on one end and the knife/fork on the other I don’t find it comfortable to use as I have large hands. I find that I’m holding either a fork end or a spoon and in my hand so have to be really careful if I’m using both ends for a meal or I’ll spread food everywhere. As a counter to my thoughts Gill, whose hands are much smaller than mine, finds this Spork more comfortable but still felt that the handle in the middle should be longer.

The lightweight material is heat resistant but this really only applies to hot meals and soups not for using with cast iron pans over an open fire. In addition the length of this Spork means that if you are cooking with this Spork then you are very close to the hot end of the cooking process.

The knife component that forms one edge of the fork tines is not particularly robust and is really only useful with bread or breaking up cooked soft food; not for cutting meat.

For me this Spork is really best suited to three groups of people:

  1. The really hard core ultra-lighters who are probably not using a stove or eating steak anyway
  2. People with small hands
  3. Those who want a back up just in case

If you don’t mind the Spork concept and want to go as lightweight as possible then the Light My Fire Original Spork is a good starting point. At under $4.00 AUD it isn’t going to break the bank if you want to give it a try.

We Like

  • Ultra lightweight at only nine grams. It’s so light you wont even notice this in your pack
  • The size of this implement takes up very little room. Ideal for the ultra-lighters who want to lighten their load
  • Wide range of colours which means you will never mix up your spork with your partners. And everyone knows you have to be colour coordinated to hike properly
  • Spoon, fork and knife all in one means you don’t need to carry more than one
  • Heat resistant construction means you can use it for lightweight cooking duties
  • Its cheap at under $4.00 AUD so its handy to have as a spare and if you decide its not for you then it wont break the bank

We Don't Like

  • The ultralight weight of this Spork is also a negative. At nine grams it doesn’t have a solid feel in the hand and is not really suitable for cooking preparation because of the short length; only eating. I have large hands and it doesn’t feel comfortable to use as I am either holding a spoon or a fork head when using
  • The short length of this implement renders it almost useless for eating out of dehydrated meal bags unless you tear the bag down
  • The knife edge is really only suitable for breaking up cooked food or cutting bread, not for solid items like meat

Best Uses

  • Ultralight backpacking
  • Eating only, not really for meal preparation
  • People with small hands
  • As a backup

Buy One

You can purchase the Light My Fire Original Spork online from Wild Earth or Amazon

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Investment

$3.99 AUD

Other Versions

Spork has a range of versions however you will struggle to find the full range in Australian camping stores. The range includes:

Spork Little

Spork Titanium

Spork Lefty (for the 600 million left handers in the world)

Spork Extra-medium

Spork Large

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

The serrated cutting edge is visible on the side of the fork. This is for lightweight cutting only

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