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March 02, 2013
bookofjoe's Favorite Thing Revisited: Titanium Spork Version 2.0 by Light My Fire
Just five days after I featured Snow Peak's elegant utensil, I happened on this iteration which is better in every way than Version 1.0 — which I thought was the apotheosis of a great spork.
Shows how little I know of the world.
But I digress.
A chance remark last Saturday in Washington, D.C. by Margaret McCartney while we were lunching at the wonderful Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian, to the effect that she and her family use sporks with an integrated knife when they go camping in the Scottish Highlands, led me to direct my Crack Research Team®™© to find out more.
They returned with this wonderful tool (pictured above), indeed possessed of a knife along one side of the fork that won't cut or even bother your mouth but will serve a knife function well enough.
Several other improvements over Version 1.0:
• The spoon, being isolated from the fork end, allows for a closed rather than tine-filled distal end, enabling increased volume of solids and, perhaps more importantly, liquids such as soup to safely transit the hand-to-mouth space.
• Likewise the fork, being isolated from the spoon end, affords longer tines and thus better functionality in its purer incarnation.
• The clunkier look and feel of this tool compared to the sparer design of Version 1.0 (below)
at first made me frown. But then I realized that where you're most likely to be using it, you probably won't care all that much about how elegant the handle is, seeing as you may well be wearing gloves or mittens and want something more substantial to grab on to.
All in all, a very nice piece of kit.
It weighs 19 grams vs. 14 grams for Version 1.0.
For those who've forgotten such things, an ounce = 28 grams.
A snip at $9.58.
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Also available in lighweight (but durable) plastic from REI and other fine camping supply companies
Posted by: Todd | Mar 3, 2013 8:43:08 PM
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