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Reviews > Cook and Food Storage Gear > Utensils > Coleman SS Nesting Utensil Set > Owner Review by Sheila Morrissey

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Date: October 24, 2007

Name: Sheila Morrissey
Age: 27
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.7 m)
Weight: 155 lb (68 kg)
Email address: geosheila(at)yahoo(dot)com
City, State, Country: Goleta, California, USA

I enjoy hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and Los Padres National Forest with friends and my dog. Including consumables, my pack is usually around 25 lb (11 kg). I always cook hot dinners on my trips.

Manufacturer: Coleman
Year: 2001
Manufacturer’s Website:
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 2.2 oz (62 g) for the set
Listed Length: N/A
Measured Length: knife and fork - 16 cm (6.3 in), spoon - 14.5 cm (5.7 in)
MSRP: US$5.00

Each nested utensil set includes one nearly flat, large spoon; one short-bladed knife; and one flat, sharp, three-pronged fork. Metal prongs wrap around the base of the spoon to hold the fork and knife in place when all three utensils are nested together. The fork has a deep bend in it that accommodates a smaller bend in the knife, helping to hold all three utensils in place.

I own a couple of these sets of utensils and have used one myself on many of my camping and backpacking trips. During my use of the utensil set, temperatures ranged from 5 F (-15 C) to 110 F (43 C) and altitudes ranged from 280 ft (85 m) below sea level to 11,000 ft (3,350 m) above sea level.

I own these utensil sets because they were cheap and I didn't want to potentially lose or bend my regular utensils on the trail. Despite years of being tossed around with my camp kitchen gear, my utensil sets have held up perfectly. They are not bent or scratched and they still nest securely together. Typically, when backpacking, I only bring one utensil set for two people to share since most meals can be eaten with either a fork or a spoon. If a spoon is necessary, I trade off with my hiking partner. The knife very often goes unused, but if I don't carry it, the fork won't stay nested with the spoon.

The utensil sets are short enough that one set can easily fit inside the cooking pot that I most often carry backpacking. However, the short lengths of the utensils are not always ideal, such as when eating out of a bagged backpacking meal or stirring food at the bottom of a deep pot. The spoon has a large head, making it awkward to eat from. It is also quite flat, making it nearly impossible to use for soups, but great for shoveling rice. The knife is a little sharper than a butter knife and has a pointy end that I've used several times to rip open difficult plastic food packaging. The knife is good enough for slicing cheese but, since the blade is so short, the block of cheese (or another food item that I'm slicing) has to be rather narrow so I don't end up filling the big bend in the knife where it nests with the other utensils. The nesting bends in the knife and fork both tend to fill with food, but the bends are large enough that the utensils can easily be licked clean and washed normally with my dishes once I'm back home. I have no idea why the fork prongs are so sharp, especially since the knife already has a pointy end for ripping packaging, but they seem unnecessarily (and painfully) pointy. I've actually caught the fork prongs on myself and on my gear loads of times when I didn't pack the utensil set inside my cooking pot. The fork prongs are also flat. I never realized how awkward it is to eat from a flat fork until using this set.

  • The utensils are nested, so they don't get separated in my pack
  • The knife is somewhat sharp and has a pointy end for opening packaging
  • The utensils are short and so fit inside my cooking pot
  • Inexpensive
  • Fork and spoon are too flat
  • Fork is unnecessarily pointy
  • Knife has a short blade
  • Short handles don't work well when eating a meal out of a bag
  • Heavy
I use these utensils when camping simply because I've always used these utensils when camping. They are in my box of gear I quickly grab stuff from when I pack my bag. It's a terrible excuse. Really, I should just bring a plastic spoon instead. These utensils just add unnecessary weight to my pack. I hardly ever use the knife anymore, but the other two utensils wouldn't nest so nicely if I left it at home, so I convince myself I'll use it, but I don't.

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