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Reviews > Cook and Food Storage Gear > Utensils > Light My Fire Spork > Owner Review by Elizabeth Davis

May 10, 2008

Name: Elizabeth Davis
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight: 125 lb (57 kg)
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City, State, Country: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking occasionally since I was about eleven.  During the last two years I have been hiking and backpacking every chance I get. I hike about twice a month, and more on holidays. I usually go on short backpacking trips of about two/three days and I enjoy wet, rugged conditions. I’d like to stay out longer in the future. I pack as light as possible, but I am not really a “lightweight” backpacker. Most of my trips are in the Southern Appalachians where temperatures range from 80 F (27 C) to 0 F (-18 C).


Manufacturer: Light My Fire
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer’s Website:
MSRP: none listed
Weight: 7 grams (0.25 oz.)
Product Information: Available in 15 colors, including metallic, the spork is a polycarbonate spoon-knife-fork combo.


    I have used this spork on about ten backpacking trips. I have used it in Pisgah National Forest and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in rain, snow, and sunshine. I have used it in temperatures varying from 10 F (-12 C) to 80 F (27 C). The variation in weather does not seem to have an effect on the function or texture of the spork. It has been used with a stainless steel pot and a MSR Whisperlight white gas stove. I have also used it to eat lunch from a plastic container during school.

    This spork is lightweight, and sturdy. It measures a useful total length of 6.5 in. (16.5 cm). I have used it for soup, pasta (of both the spaghetti and the shorter types), and to spread peanut butter and Nutella. I have found that I use the spoon end most often. The spoon end is useful for soup and short pasta. The spoon is deep enough to hold a bite of soup without it falling out. The fork end can be used for spaghetti type pasta, though not as easily as regular silverware. The tines of the fork are somewhat short and stubby, but they are still able to pick up pieces of pasta. The tines are not very useful for food such as carrots, peas (but then again, what forks do work with peas?!?), or any other small tough food. I have not found this to be a problem in the field, because I tend to eat pasta and rice on trips. The knife is a serrated edge on the outside of the tine of the fork.  The knife is not terribly useful for cutting tough objects. It can be used to cut bread, but it is rather short, only about 0.75 in (1.91 cm) in blade length. It can also be used to cut small vegetables, such as carrots, though it is a challenge. I find it easier to just carry a pocket knife to do any cutting for my dinner. The knife can be used to spread peanut butter-like substances, and in this case it is very useful because it saves me from having to clean gunk off my pocket knife.

    I especially appreciate the ease with which the spork can be cleaned. The polycarbonate is smooth, and can be washed easily. I can even get spaghetti sauce off without effort, and it does not leave residue.

    The spork is very sturdy. I have not noticed any signs of wear. The spork appears to be in like new  condition. It is flexible, and I can toss it in my backpack without fear of it breaking. The tines and knife are not very sharp, so I do not have to worry about it puncturing anything.

easy to clean


knife is not especially effective for cutting

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