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Unas10
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11/06/2012 07:53PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
My bride bought a set as a joke before we went on our last camping trip. That is pretty much what I think of them, a joke. They are not enough of a fork to stab a piece of steak and they are not enough of a spoon to clean out the oatmeal bowl in the morning. People must be buying them though, I see a lot of them in the stores. But, I wonder how many are seriously using them. We will be returning to our use of traditional flatware from now on.
 
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11/06/2012 08:11PM  
I have had the plastic ones break on me but I do like my titanium one. I do like the big light my fire one for both a flipper and a serving spoon.
 
11/06/2012 08:22PM  
I have a few of them.
They break. I don't like them. I especially dislike the multi-colored plastic ones I get at MWM or REI with the serrated edge on one of the fork tines so it can pretend it's also a knife. It doesn't cut anything except the side of my mouth.

They have little value for me.
 
11/06/2012 08:32PM  
No, not a good idea. Waste of plastic IMO
 
kennk
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11/06/2012 08:48PM  
The first time my son went backpacking with his Boy Scout troop (I'm an Asst Scoutmaster) I bought us each a Light My Fire Spork - thinking I was doing a smart thing - saving weight.

The first dinner was ... spaghetti. Sigh. A spork does about as well with spaghetti noodles as a spoon.

Ever since then we've carried Lexan utensils (knife/fork/spoon) and they've done great.
 
11/06/2012 09:30PM  
SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
 
sunnybear09
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11/06/2012 09:41PM  
I take two sporks, like the nice bright colors, they're easy to find. Then again, what I do to eat hardly passes for cooking. Mush-like foods are easy with a spork--cereal in the morn, Mtn. House at night. Just lick it clean, go catch fish.
 
PortageKeeper
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11/06/2012 09:48PM  
I have a couple, including one titanium. I never feel like packing them for a trip because, since they are meant to be a 'do all' utensil and you are only supposed to need one, if I do just bring one utensil and break or lose it, then I have none. If I bring my standard lexon spoon, fork and knife, then I have something to eat with besides a carved stick. I may go light weight, but common sense kicks in as well, and a set of lexon isn't that heavy or bulky.
 
11/06/2012 10:13PM  
I've used the plastic ones but have given up on them. They don't really work as a do-all utensil. I'm going to the aluminum set to be able to use them for very hot foods and hot oil cooking.
 
11/06/2012 10:17PM  
I like me some sporks. I usually take one per camper plus an extra one for cooking and breakage. Worst case scenario I whittle utensils. had to do that last winter due to a brain fart. i'm really good at making chop sticks;). But splinters in your lip suck!

Admittedly sporks aren't for everyone, cooking style/meal plan prolly has a lot to do with that.
 
Savage Voyageur
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11/07/2012 12:07AM  
quote gutmon: "SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
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I will agree, they are the best. They work with steak, chili, oatmeal, anything. I have that one and a shorter version made by SnoPeak. Lexon stuff hit the trash can after I tried these.
 
11/07/2012 12:56AM  
quote gutmon: "SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
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I am a light weight minimalist, we really like them too.

T
 
JoeWilderness
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11/07/2012 12:58AM  
Mrs. Joe and I each received one for Christmas a couple of years ago
from our grandson. Hers is green and mine is red. They go where we go.
 
11/07/2012 01:01AM  
hey timatkn-i'm sure you've caught lakers on spoons but have you ever caught one on a spork?
 
andym
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11/07/2012 02:33AM  
We've used the titanium ones for years. Works for us.

For pasta we use ravioli or other small pastas when camping. They seem easier to deal with than trying to drain spaghetti.

We don't like the plastic sporks. We were given some but I don't like the shape.
 
snakecharmer
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11/07/2012 06:54AM  
We've been using sporks for years. I haven't experienced any difficulties. Just follow the instructions in the Owners Manual and you'll be fine :)
 
11/07/2012 07:31AM  
Have used the cheap plastic ones for years with no problems.
 
11/07/2012 07:54AM  
It works for me. I like a long-handled one to reach the bottom of the bag easier.
 
11/07/2012 03:30PM  
quote tg: "hey timatkn-i'm sure you've caught lakers on spoons but have you ever caught one on a spork?"

Hilareous......Seriously though I've never caught lakers on either come to think of it.

T
 
11/07/2012 04:02PM  
quote timatkn: "quote gutmon: "SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
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I am a light weight minimalist, we really like them too.

I take a Ti spork with me all the time. Be careful when stirring the boil in the bag meals. They will tear plastic!!



 
11/07/2012 06:05PM  
I do not use SPORKS, cause I figure the handyness of real knife, fork and spoon are well worth the micro weight they add.

Here is what I use. Works Peachy. Sea to Summit Knife Fork and Spoon

SunCatcher
 
11/07/2012 06:20PM  
quote SunCatcher: "I do not use SPORKS, cause I figure the handyness of real knife, fork and spoon are well worth the micro weight they add.


Here is what I use. Works Peachy. Sea to Summit Knife Fork and Spoon


SunCatcher"

Looks good
 
HowardSprague
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11/07/2012 07:05PM  
Since I often cut my food with the edge of a fork, I'd prefer a fork/knife hybrid instead. A "knork" would feature regular fork prongs and a razor-sharp edge on one (or both, to accommodate righties and lefties alike) side.
 
Merganser
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11/07/2012 07:41PM  
quote gutmon: "SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
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I gotta give this a thumbs up too. Good as a spoon, decent as a fork. Certainly fine for stew or fish. Steak, well it'll get you by.
 
mocha
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11/07/2012 08:36PM  
i use a spork (spoon on one end, fork on other end, side of fork is serated for cutting food) and a squishy bowl. works great and easy cleanup! we don't really do any elaborate cooking requiring more dishes/silverware.
if a sharper knife is needed we have a filet knife.
 
11/07/2012 10:24PM  
quote SunCatcher: "I do not use SPORKS, cause I figure the handyness of real knife, fork and spoon are well worth the micro weight they add.


Here is what I use. Works Peachy. Sea to Summit Knife Fork and Spoon


SunCatcher"


That's the same set I went with. Nice stuff.
 
wetcanoedog
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11/07/2012 10:45PM  
another light-hiker gizmo that has infected our traditional way of doing things!!!--i still use my GI fork and spoon.
 
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11/07/2012 11:47PM  
quote kennk: "Ever since then we've carried Lexan utensils (knife/fork/spoon) and they've done great."
That's what we've always done. The lexan utensils do work great.
 
11/08/2012 09:00AM  
The ones we use have fork on one end and spoon on other end, they work really good and save weight, two thumbs up.
 
11/08/2012 06:29PM  
quote gutmon: "SnoPeak Ti spork is one of my favorite pieces of gear. Bomb proof, functional, right size (Light my Fire sporks are too big in my opinion), works great for soup, steak, oatmeal, rice, etc. love em!
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total agreement.
 
Beaverjack
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11/08/2012 06:55PM  
I agree with fitgers
 
dblwhiskey
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11/08/2012 07:22PM  
A quick little bit about myself as I am new here. I own my own semi truck and am on the road quite a bit of the month, and I do most of my eating in the truck as I have the luxury of a small fridge and microwave. The utensils I use are pretty simple I have a spork with spoon and fork on separate ends, a lexan set, and a sea to summit anodized set. I find myself using the spork or lexan most of the time as I don't like the rough finish of the anodized aluminum set. My wife and I put the extra sporks ( they came as a set of 4) in our vehicles for when we travel and forget to bring utensils.
 
11/08/2012 08:15PM  
Welcome dblshwiskey. Good to have you here.
 
bojibob
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11/08/2012 08:16PM  
Plastic ~ No Titanium ~ YES
 
DanCooke
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11/08/2012 09:08PM  
I do not care for them. I use a metal spoon.
 
kanoes
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11/08/2012 09:32PM  
lexan fork and spoon.
 
11/08/2012 09:35PM  
We use sporks exclusively on my trips and love them. We are weight-conscious campers so weight and gear is a big topic. We don't bring steaks and things like that (again, comes down to how much do we really want to carry) so they work perfect. They are brightly colored so easy to find and the knives do work good for our purposes.
 
mutz
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11/08/2012 10:49PM  
I guess I'm not so weight consious as some, I take a fork and a spoon. If I get that worried about the weight I will take one less sinker in my tackle box and even it out.
 
FOG51
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11/10/2012 02:38AM  
Fridge and microwave? What no hotub? Welcome to the site. Please be safe out there because as you know there's a lot of fools on the road.
 
11/10/2012 09:48AM  
I have tried them, not for me. Especially the ones with the serrated edge, I don't want to put a knife in my mouth when I am eating my oatmeal.
 
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