Sea to Summit Polycarbonate Cutlery

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These are some of the few conventional plastic spoons…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars

These are some of the few conventional plastic spoons and forks on the market, in contrast to fancy shapes like plastic sporks etc. Plastic is good if you have non-stick camping pots, and want to keep them non-stick. Titanium or alloy utensils weigh a bit more and damage the surface easily; it's not advisable to use them for stirring food, or eating directly out of the pot or pan.

The Spoon:

Initially the Sea to Summit polycarbonate spoon did its (simple) job well, although I didn't particularly like the shape of the spoon. I prefer spoons that are not as wide as this one, to not make eating an exercise in face gymnastics. However, after about 1 month of use, the spoon broke. The head simply broke off.

I had similar problems with the Sea to Summit polycarbonate fork, and decided not to replace the spoon. It's dirt cheap, but I'd rather pay a bit more and have something that is able to withstand normal use, and doesn't leave me in the middle of nowhere without being able to quickly replace it.

The Fork:

For a couple of weeks, the fork worked fine. The only minor complaint I could have had was, that the fork had a couple of rough edges which weren't as easy to clean. But since it only costs a couple of cents, this can be overlooked.

However, after maybe 4 weeks of daily use, the fork lost its first tooth. There was no force involved: the tooth simply separated from the fork while stirring spaghetti in hot water. The fork was still useable with 3 teeth, but it only took a couple more days for the next tooth to follow the first one. Again, it simply separated in hot water.

Since the Sea to Summit polycarbonate utensils are very cheap, I replaced the fork when I passed the next outdoor shop. However, the new fork disintegrated after even shorter use. It seems that this particular kind of plastic is not able to withstand heat and moderate pressure very well - something that I definitely expect from camping utensils.

Yes, the utensils are cheap, but I don't want to start using my fingers for eating simply because my cutlery disintegrates far away from the next shop.

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Manufacturer's Description

Top quality polycarbonate cutlery in a refillable display box. Being adverse to having the corners of our mouths sliced open by poorly moulded cutlery we developed our own mould and ensure that our cutlery is delivered with nice oral friendly edges.

Visit Sea to Summit's Polycarbonate Cutlery page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

If the price of titanium makes you balk, then the Sea to Summit Polycarbonate Spork is sure to resonate with your thrifty good senses. The Polycarboante is just as light as titanium and food continues to taste great off the end of this spork! Lightweight, nearly unbreakable polycarbonate All the benefits of a spoon with tines Will not scratch Teflon-coated cookware As light as titanium and 8x less as expensive

- OMCgear

Sea to Summit Polycarbonate Teaspoon FEATURES of the Sea to Summit Polycarbonate Teaspoon Individual carded set of three utensils clipped together with a mini plastic carabineer In a five-utensil metal box set display with 20 units of each utensil style included Individual utensil refills that are available in packs of 20 to replenish the Box Set This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

Lightweight, almost unbreakable polycarbonate spork Will not scratch Teflon-coated cookware As light as titanium ? and much less expensive