Cliffset Starter Kit Cutlery
(Photo/Sean McCoy)

Cliffset Portable Cutlery Review: Keep Your Fork to Yourself

Cliffset portable cutlery launched to provide easy-to-clean kits containing a fork, knife, spoon, and on-the-go cleaning solution for daily use anywhere. It may have accidentally made one of the greatest camping kits yet.

I’m on day two of elk camp, and my buddy’s walking around shirtless, his bull elk tattoo shining in the sun. He’s got a cold, but that doesn’t stop him from reaching into the can of sauerkraut with his fingers to grab some grub.

Gross, yes, but a reality just the same when the going gets feral out in the woods.

And when it comes to dinnertime, especially after long, hard days of mountain climbing, hiking, or biking, dishwashing can become a little, shall we say, casual.

Cliffset Starter Kit Portable Cutlery
Cliffset Starter Pack’s portable cutlery contains a nesting knife, fork, and spoon, and a refillable sprayer and cleaning tool; (photo/Sean McCoy)

Enter Cliffset. This personal cutlery kit is the sustainable, sanitary solution to eating in the wilderness I never knew I needed.

In short: The Cliffset Starter Pack ($44) includes a sturdy 18/8 stainless steel knife, fork, and spoon, plus a cleaning tool and refillable sanitization sprayer and lemon extract for cleaning. It comes in a great, durable carrying case and works beautifully.

Cliffset Portable Cutlery Review

I’m going to keep this short. Do you know how a knife, spoon, and fork work? Great, then you know how the Cliffset product works.

But to go further, they’re well made and very practical. The knife has a butter knife shape, but a moderately sharp serrated edge. The spoon and fork are a little smaller than normal kitchen fare. But they work well and are sturdy and nice.

Cliffset Starter Kit's fork and cleaning tool
(Photo/Sean McCoy)

You may ask “what cutlery isn’t portable,” and I’d say, yeah, good point.

But the slick little carrying case and cleaning tools make a strong case for this kit. Take it with your lunch to work. Use it when you pick up carryout and skip the throwaway plastic garbage.

Or, as I have found, it’s amazing to take camping.

My wife and I each have our own kit. We each manage our own among our personal camping items. And I’ve found it to be one of the pieces of gear that I stow away carefully, ready for my next meal.

Keep It Clean

Tossing silverware into a case isn’t a revolutionary idea by any means. But the kicker to Cliffset is that it also includes a very practical cleaning kit.

cliffset cleaning spray
(Photo/Adam Ruggiero)

The Cliffset Starter Pack comes with a bottle of cleaning solution (water, alcohol, and lemon oil), a cleaning implement, and a reusable spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle about two-thirds full of cleaning solution, and you’re ready to rock.

The spray bottle sits inside the cleaning implement — give a spritz or two on a dirty utensil and get cleaning. The implement has a curved end, which matches the inside curve of the spoon. The edge is flat for scraping your knife. And three notches perfectly align with the three gaps between fork prongs — so you can scrape everything clean.

This is simple and effective — and packs a lot of utility into a small package. If there’s a knock on any of it, it’s that the top of the spray bottle can be stubborn to pop open. We recommend watching Cliffset’s quick tutorial so you don’t break anything.

Also, the spray bottle comes with a plastic lid that could be easy to lose. So be careful where you set it. Or just leave it at home.

Plus, you can fork over an extra $18 and buy a reusable cotton cloth that fits snugly inside the carrying case. But any ol’ napkin or (clean) rag will do, so it’s up to you.

Cliffset also sells refills of cleaning solution for $8. If you have your own environmentally friendly recipe for cleaning solution, you can always DIY it.

Conclusion

If you camp much, particularly car camping, or eat a lot of meals on the go, this is a great way to cut down on single-use plastic.

At $44, the Cliffset Starter Pack is not cheap, but it’s certainly not going to break the bank. And it’s genuinely nice to have a sturdy implement — and sanitation — when the going gets a little feral.

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