Light My Fire Spork
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Less than $5 for a set of two
The biggest possible bang you will ever get for your buck when it comes to a lightweight, durable, multifunctional eating utensil. I bring this with me every place I go, and eat every meal with it, and it still looks and performs the same as the first day I used it. If you can find a better way to spend a couple dollars, I'd like to hear it, because for me? It doesn't get better than this.
- 3-in-1, spoon/fork/knife, multifunctional design
- Won't scratch non-stick cookware
- Dishwasher safe
- Lightweight and easily packable
- Zero. Absolutely none. Does everything it should, and does it well.
- Short. Better tilt those MH meal bags to reach bottom.
Until you're making the big bucks and can afford the titanium equivalent, this is the best possible utensil you can get for your money.
The LMF spork isn't just that. It's a fork that's, well, a full fork. No truncated, frustrating prongs to poke pointlessly at your steak with. Legitimate tines.
Better yet, one of those four tines has a serrated edge to it. Yep, it's a knife, too.
Now, I know you're wondering, "Why in hell would I put a cutting blade in my mouth?" Don't sweat it. The serrated edge isn't surgically-sharp. It simply puts some teeth there to make it easier to cut things with the side edge of the fork. You'll never cut your mouth, and for all the meals I've eaten with this, and for as quick as I've eaten them, I've yet to suffer an injury.
Naturally, you've can't have Larry and Curly without Moe — there's a full-sized spoon on the other end of this double-sided utensil. Much the same, I like that it is only spoon and nothing more. Eating soup with a spork is more of an unnecessary challenge than it needs to be. LMF makes sure that's never a problem you'll suffer from.
I've eaten every meal I've ever had while camping with this utensil.
Heck, if I don't feel like doing a lot of dishes, I even use it to measure and stir and cook with.
That said? Don't leave it sitting in a hot pot or pan. Or leaning against one (mine is stuck straight into the food in the above photo). It is heat-resistant, but not heat-proof. The Tritan Copolyester is durable, the finish is matte, and the texture is almost micro-pebbled so it doesn't slip out of your hand (especially convenient when using it to cook). Moreover, since it isn't metal, you can move this thing however the heck you want about in your non-stick pots and pans, and it won't ever scratch them a bit. Unlike metal, it doesn't conduct heat, and is safe to the touch, too, when cooking.
For your number-counters and math folk, it measures 6.6" X 1.5" and weighs .2 oz. I always keep a spare tucked inside my GSI Crossover Kitchen Kit (nested inside my Pinnacle Backpacker cookset). It nests in with the rest of those cooking accessories as if it isn't even there. There's simply no excuse not to pack one of these with you.
The heat-resistance is also a bonus in that it makes this sport dishwasher-safe, so you can just toss it in with your regular dishes when you get home from your trip.
This is literally a one-piece cutlery set you can fit in one hand, and is so well made and built that mine looks as good as the day I bought it.
REI has these on clearance for less than $2 each currently. You'd be hard-pressed to find another spork at that price that does as much and lasts as long as this one does. Quite honestly, probably the single biggest bargain a beginning backpacker can score.
Only drawback to mention is the length (again, it measures 6.6" X 1.5"). If you're hoping to make your Mountain House meal good-to-the-last-drop, tilt that bag to the side and get at it that way. Better than having to get all "Medieval Times" about it and get food on your hands.
Everyone should own one.
You wouldn't let a friend eat with anything less than this, would you?
I didn't think so.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $2
This is a fantastic utensil. I even use it in my lunchbox for work.
- None so far
I thought I was going to need two of these, one to hold food and the other to cut. But, the knife portion works very well on its own. Fits nicely into a Yoplait cup and can cut a pork chop. It's the all in one utensil.
I purchased one at a mountaineering supply in Tennessee and loved it. Two weeks later I went to a local parks department backpacking expo, and they were giving them away. I might just replace all my flatware at home with these things!!!
Source: bought it new
- Easy to clean and reuse
- Fun colors
- Reasonable price
I love these sporks! I have several and use them often. They are durable and lightweight. They have a knife, fork and spoon on them so it saves room in your pack and is eco friendly. They are great for camping, hiking, or even to take in your lunchbox for work.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $4
Lightweight, cheap enough to lose without worrying about.
- Bright colors (easy to see in the dark)
- Wide tines make food hard to grip in fork mode
Not a bad product for the money, could use a hole drilled for string (personal preference). I haven't tested it at high temps.
Price Paid: $2.99
The LMF (Light My Fire) Spork is made of heat resistant plastic, has a spoon head on one end and a fork on the other and the fork end has a serrated cutting edge.
My general assessment is that the LMF Spork is a convenient and acceptable quality plastic eating utensil for backpacking use.
I first bought one after using one a friend owned. I noticed that it was lightweight, yet strong enough to stir thick foods. The fact that it had both a normal spoon and a real fork ends was surprising, as most "sporks" are just a more rounded spoon with short slits or notches on the outside edge of the spoon.
I have owned multiple LMF Sporks for several years now, and can attest that they have held up well. I have not had one break yet. I have bent mine in a nearly 90 degree angle, and have not had any break. The heat resistant polycarbonate plastic they are made of has also proven effective. Only once have I ever-so-slightly melted the edge of one, because I left it in a fry pan on full heat for several seconds by accident.
The "knife" edge of the fork is convenient for "cutting" food items into smaller chunks while eating, just as one often might with a normal fork. But it is not functional as a real knife for any true cutting.
I usually cook more than the "just add hot water" type of meals, and like having the additional options that the LMF spork offers. I recognize that one reason I like the LMF Spork is purely a personal preference: I really dislike actual sporks. The bowl of most are an annoyingly round and blunt shape. The "tines" are rarely long or sharp enough to use as a real or functional fork, and that jagged edge doesn't allow for smooth or effective spreading either.
In summary, there are multiple features and reasons that prompt me to recommend the Light My Fire Spork:
>A Real fork end
>A Real Spoon end
> The Fork has a convenient "sharp" edge
> High resistance to heat (for plastic)
> Won't harm non-stick cookware
> Quite rigid yet still retains some flex
> Multiple sporks nestle perfectly together, taking up very little room.
> Weighs less than virtually all other plastic or metal cutlery, even titanium.
> Costs a fraction of most other utensils design for backpacking.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $2
Everyone else has pretty much said it all. What more can you write about a spork?
I will warn you, I've seen one of these melt when used to fry bacon in a lot of hot grease...so don't do this! For my uses, stirring noodles in hot water, it has worked fine. Not one broken yet.
Also, you do tend to get your hand in the food or vice-versa, when you use both ends to stir/eat. That's what a good sleeve is for I guess!
The only complaint is if you need to actually cut something with it you need two: one to hold the food and one to cut.
It's a spork. It's what you get for two dollars. I used to stop by Wendy's to grab free utensils. This is better.
Price Paid: permanently borrowed from a friend
I have only used this spork on a few camping excursions, but when I did use it I found it very delightful and useful. It has a sloped design which makes it a lot easier to eat with, and since it's plastic the cleanup is a dip in the creek.
I have been very pleased with this spork so far, but it is only a piece of plastic after all, so I will probably get some titanium utensils that will most likely hold up for longer.
Price Paid: $2.39
Pros: It's a spork!
Cons: It's a spork!
Seriously though, what else can be said for an idea that is tried and true. Spoon for soups and chili and the fork side for noodles and such. Sometimes you're using your spoon and realize you need your fork. No need to look for one, just lick it clean, flip and there ya' go.
Now, don't think you're going to eat a steak with this. Then again, if you're on the trail eating steak why wouldn't you be using your hands!
Me, I stick to Ramen noodles, Backpacker's Pantry, and Mountain House meals. This is perfect for that and stirring your coffee.
Honestly, for $2.39 at Walmart, you can't go wrong.
Giving it 4 stars because the idea of integrating a knife is a waste. You can use it to cut your noodles or cut boiled veggies, potatoes, etc. but that's it.
Price Paid: dont recall
I found this to be a nice and serviceable product. I personally prefer a fork and spoon rather than just carrying a spoon as some u.lers do. So I thought I'd try this combo. Both the fork and spoon are serviceable for whatever you use them for.
But the small serrated portion is useless for anything other than a back-scratcher. It is under normal usage, unbreakable but after repeatedly bending it slightly to put it into my cookpot it broke in two.
So I went back to my 30+ year lexan fork and seperate spoon, handles shortened and holes drilled in them.
Price Paid: $3
This is a handy must-have for the trail or any trip where grub's gonna be! Made of lightweight polycarbonate material, this spoon and fork combo weighs 0.35 ounces and has a length of 6.7 inches. It's heat resistant material which means no getting soft when stirring a boiling pot. I got a chance to test it out in the Tennessee mountains and noticed its pot friendliness because it didn't pull up any of the non-stick surface on my pots. The spork also features serration on one side of the fork to help you hack away at some sausage or slice through some hearty pancakes! The spoon did pretty well in my "soup test," but I felt the depth of the spoon could have been a bit deeper, though it does the job just fine. In my backpacking trips I managed to fit it in my MSR cook set pot.
Over all, I can tell that this utensil is pretty darn durable. It's available in a variety of trendy colors like: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and pink. It is dishwasher safe and it's just plain simple! Get this spork for your next venture and you may have a few jealous eyes staring back at you...
Price Paid: $2.50
At first I thought this was the perfect utensil. Seemed very sturdy and light — an all-in-one device ready for backpacking. Unfortunately, the first time I tried to use it on a trip it broke in half (clean break too) while trying to eat some cooked ramen out of a freezer bag in 60 degree weather. Still, not bad for the price, but just like pairs of socks - take 2.
Price Paid: $2
I only gave it half a star because it is weak and fits weird in hand. I broke two of these on the same trip. I had to go back to my titanium spoon. I am still looking for another lexan or plastic solution.
Not very practical. Very lightweight. The fork part isn't very deep and won't stab deep into food. It fits odd in the hand too. It has kind of a knife part to it that doesn't make sense seeing as though you'd need a fork to hold food down while you cut it. I bought them cause they are all in one, and super cheap but I think next time I go into the woods I'll buy something else.
Price Paid: $6
Broke too easily. I had to use other friends utensils for 40 days.
Price Paid: $3
Flimsy and weak. Mine only lasted a few months before it broke in half. On the plus side it's cheap and lite.
Price Paid: $1.49
Bought a couple of these at closeout from REI.com last month. I keep two in my frame pack for outings and one at work for snacks in the shop.
Easy clean up, lightweight and durable so far. I know the Ti ones are probably much more durable in the end, but for two bucks, I couldn't beat it for my needs. Highly recommended.
Price Paid: $1.50
I love this little utensil. The size is perfect for backpacking and any other use away from home. I have used this thing at all-weekend conferences and everywhere in between.
Price Paid: $10 @ REI
This thing is the bomb. Four colors for everyone in the family. Light as a feather. Tough to break. I would buy it again.
I really like it. Sure it's not fine silverware, but it works and it is lightweight. I took it on a 1-week scout camping trip as a backup to my lexan knife, fork, and spoon. I ended up using the Spork every day because it was easier to carry in my pocket, always ready to eat, instead of getting the knife and fork from my tent. It was a lot simpler to clean up, too.
One drawback is that the cutting edge is biased for right-handers, so I didn't use it much.
Price Paid: ~$3
WE LOVE IT!!! My husband and I pack our spork everyday in our lunches; if it is to eat our yogurt overs it is always in our bag! Also great for our camping trips. Price is right, lightweight and durable. However, not the best cutter.
Very lovely design. My girl and I were so much fascinated but I haven't felt free using them since I broke the first one I bought several years ago. Plastic is not at all durable. So I had another titanium one ever since.
Price Paid: under $2
The light my fire spork works great as a utensil for eating but don't try and cook with it. It will melt if you try and use it for flipping your backcountry pancakes.