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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.

‘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.

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.

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