All Hail the Titanium Spork!

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

Promising to add “a bit of civilization to the wild,” the Light My Fire Titanium Spork is a unique spoon-fork-knife utensil that gives eaters most all the necessary elements to scoop, stab, cut, and lift virtually all forms of food you might encounter during a trip outdoors.

I have used the Titanium Spork for a couple years now, and its stout, balanced design not only gets the job done, but its swooped handle and ergonomic contours feel balanced and capable in the hand.

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‘Titanium Spork’ by Light My Fire

I am apparently not the only one taken with the design. Distributed by Industrial Revolution of Redmond, Wash., the ti spork has been on sale since 2005. It’s been a successful product for the company, which reportedly sold nearly 1 million in its first couple years of production (plastic and titanium versions).

The design is unique. Normal sporks offer a semi-usable spoon-with-stubby-tines design. The Light My Fire model has the requisite “spork parts” — spoon and fork tines — but unlike a traditional spork, it puts one utensil head on either end, granting full utensil usage as you can switch hit during a meal.

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Close-up: Tines of the spork; notice outside serrated edge

Bonus: The ti spork has a small serrated edge on the outside fork tine. You can cut food into manageable bites with this edge, adding perhaps a rare flare of civility to a backcountry feast.

The titanium used to make this spork is touted by the company to have “high biocompatibility.” That means it is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, non-corrosive, and non-magnetic.

The ti spork costs $12 on Amazon.com and other online stores. It is short, stout, and durable, though more than capable for most any culinary challenge. Best part: The spork weighs a scant 17 grams, causing even the most crusty ultra-lighters (like me!) to consider “hauling” a spork along on a trip next time instead of going caveman as usual and eating with bare hands.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. A version of this post ran originally on Gear Junkie’s blog on VentureThere.com, a USA Today property.

Posted by EcoHiker - 05/16/2011 11:23 AM

I’ve used the plastic ones for years now, but I think it’s time to go Titanium! Love it, hail it, it is your king of sporks!

Posted by David Haines - 05/17/2011 11:55 AM

Is it too optimistic to feel this is the last eating utensil that I will ever need to buy?

Posted by Jeff G. - 05/17/2011 12:52 PM

On some of these, those serated edges on the fork part cut your tongue or mouth as you put the fork in the mouth or pull it out. Any problem you have noticed with this?

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 05/17/2011 01:05 PM

Tongue cutting? No issue here. Our kids use it even.

Posted by Greg Friese - 05/17/2011 06:17 PM

I am not convinced that this actually a spork. To me it looks like a spoon and a fork that share a single handle. In my opinion and practical experience a spork combines a spoon and a fork into a single serving/eating surface.

Nonetheless I am captivated by its smooth lines and obvious utility for situations that demand a spoon and a fork, but don’t demand simultaneous spoon and fork combination.

Posted by n miller - 05/18/2011 10:10 AM

Yes, I have the plastic version and the serrated edge is sometimes uncomfortable when pulling it out of my mouth.

Posted by Nick "Fred" Behr - 05/24/2011 03:41 PM

This in deed may be the last eating utensil you’ll ever buy. I’ve been rocking the straight up ti spork for a few years now. The spoon/fork/knife is nice but I always have a real knife on hand so I prefer a spork on one side and a handle on the other. Much cleaner then flipping around something and grabbing the used side with your dirty hands.

The only way to ruin it is to lose it which I’ve tried. One morning while cleaning out our fire pit my perfectly shaped spork was discovered with a nice rainbow finish to it. Damn varmints. Another plus – temp resistance – works as a great handle grabber or can be stored in a fire over night to prevent jealous tentmates from stealing it.

Posted by Berry - 08/11/2012 05:31 PM

How do you use a knife without a fork?

Posted by Aaron - 02/25/2013 04:09 PM

Oh, would that it were available in lefty …

Posted by Chuck - 05/12/2013 03:51 PM

@Berry: That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking!

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