The Ergohacks Verdict
Sporks, the 3-in-1 spoon, knife, fork combo is a camping thing, or so I thought. Two weeks ago, Light My Fire sent us a bunch in four different sizes and many different sizes and I discovered that a Spork lightens my bag and makes eating outdoors a whole lot easier. I have used it for camping, it is wonderful for camp cooking, serving and eating, but also for packed lunches, BBQ’s, picnics, out-of-the-bag impromptu lunches and my favourite, stop-at-the-farmshop-then-find-a-wood-dinner. There is always a Spork in my bag, a pair in the glove compartment and a set at home.
Light My Fire’s Sporks are durable and high quality – don’t buy the cheap stuff they break very quickly. Not that LMF is expensive – a Spork will set you back £2 and a serving Spork a bit over a fiver. Ours have lasted for almost 2 years now and we’ve only broken one in that time. They still look as good as new and we still use them for camping, packed lunches, BBQs and I still carry one in my bag and keep one in the glove compartment. It’s a brilliant invention. Everyone should have one. Highly recommended.
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The Spork works great as a spoon and my 4-year old prefer it as a spoon above all other spoons. The fork is solid and good for scooping and stabbing. The serrated edge that function as a knife is obviously its weak point. It works almost as well as a table knife for spreading and I prefer it over a standard and rocker knife for slicing cooked food on a plate. The Spork’s knife is not designed for chopping, cutting and dicing and it does not work wonders for food preparation. It does chop though, just roughly and unevenly and it requires a fair amount of pressure. I would recommend packing a chef’s knife if there is going to be any requirement for cutting things up, however in a pinch, it works pretty well with some effort thrown in. In the image below everything on the plate was chopped with a Spork Original.
I used to have a picnic backpack with cutlery, plates, cups and glasses, but now I only take a Mealkit 2.0 plus extra Sporks for a picnic for three. The original Spork weighs only 9g and fits into my tiny bag without noticeably adding to the weight or contents. I now always have a knife for cutting up fruit or sandwiches, a spoon for yogurts and a fork for salads.
The Sporks are heat resistant when cooking and safe for use with non stick cookware and two serve salad nicely.
The Spork Little are have no serrated edge and a rounder and thicker design. It weighs 8g and is easy to grip and use for toddlers. They are also perfect as teaspoons that fit into small yogurt pots and being heat resistant, stirs creamer or sugar into a cup of coffee or removes a tea bag from boiling hot water.
ize: Large (for serving) 25 x 5.3 x 2.6 cm, Extra-medium 20 x 3.8 x 1.7 cm, Original 17 x 3.8 x 1.7 cm and Little 14 x 3 x 1.6 cm
Item Weight: Large 32g, Extra-medium 16g, Original 9g, Little 8g
Colour: 24 different colours available.
Textile: Tritan, a BPA-free, impact resistent tough plastic
Environment: Indoors and outdoors
Optimised for right-handed use, left-handed versions available
The review is based on a selection of Sporks kindly provided by Light My Fire. This article as first published on 6 August 2015 and last updated on 13 July 2017.