Staying well fed while traveling through the backcountry requires a few choice tools, one of them a proper eating utensil. Although it’s possible to carve a stick into some crude instrument, it’s certainly not ideal. Whether you eat freeze dried meals out of the bag or cook your own gourmet camp feasts; sometimes your hands don’t get the job done either. This is where the mighty spork comes in. One of the most tremendous feats of human engineering to date, the spork has revolutionized backcountry nutrition. Armed with a spork, one may gorge themselves on either soup or salad with ease.
My favorite spork isn’t really a spork at all. In fact its more of a knife-spoon-fork, or knork, if you will. The Light My Fire Titanium Spork combines a hefty spoon on one end with a stout fork on the other. One edge of the fork comes equipped with a serrated edge, which happens to work surprisingly well.
Campers, backpackers, hikers, and bushcrafters alike have praised titanium for its many useful qualities. Non-corrosive, non-reactive, non-magnetic, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, heat resistant, lightweight, durable, and completely biocompatible. First, titanium will not rust or tarnish like other materials. It’s also one of the strongest materials known to man. This means your titanium implements will last virtually forever with proper care. Titanium’s strength to weight ratio is extremely high, meaning added durability and lower pack weight. Because it’s both heat resistant and completely biocompatible, titanium gear is excellent for camp cooking. Heating titanium leeches no harmful chemicals, and leaves no metallic aftertaste. Many of these properties make it an excellent candidate for human prosthetics and medical instruments, for which it is used extensively.
As for its functional characteristics, the Light My Fire Titanium Spork is designed for maximum utility. Conventional sporks often sacrifice too much in combining both utensils into one piece. Because the spoon and fork are on opposite sides; the spoon retains its capacity, and the fork keeps much of its piercing ability.
Ergonomically, its shaped very nicely and agrees with the hand quite well. It is short and stout compared to other longer, more slender products. While this sacrifices reach, it increases resistance to warps or bends. Although it is slightly more expensive to comparable products, the few extra dollars are worth it.
- Weight: 0.7 ounces
- Length: 6.75 inches
- Material: titanium