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Pros: Spoon and fork are separate, has semi-functional knife edge.
Cons: Plastic, Inelegant.
Best Uses: Backpacking, car camping.
Manufacturer: Light My Fire
The Light My Fire Spork can twirl pasta and hold soup, but its cumbersome design and brittle materials make it a runner-up to the other products tested. For something elegant that will last for years, try our Editors' Choice, the Snow Peak Titanium Spork. It may not have a separate spoon and fork, but it works almost as well, has a great design, and is much easier to clean. For ultralight backpacking we recommend the Sea To Summit Alphalight, which, at a scant .3 oz, is .06 oz lighter than the Light my Fire Spork. See our complete Sporks Review to see how they scored in head-to-head tests.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This spork can twirl pasta and hold soup like no other. The spoon and fork are separated, which means, for pure functionality, the Light My Fire spork is unrivaled. It has a neat but almost useless knife edge built into one of the fork tines. The Light My Fire Spork was the second lightest of the products tested, heavier than the Alpha Light by only .06 oz.
Copolyester is brittle. The knife edge snapped off while testing and the fork tines feel fragile. The plastic has an unusual texture and is often difficult to clean. It also has a relatively low melting point. When a tester used this spork while cooking with a cast-iron skillet, the metal got hot enough to melt the tips of the fork tines.
The shaft is wide and bulky, which makes the utensil rather unwieldy. Eating the same meal with both sides of the spork would be a great way to get hands and clothes covered in food.
The Light My Fire Spork is best used for car camping or backpacking. Because this spork can't really be used for cooking, its applications are more limited than the other sporks tested.
Of the products tested, the Light My Fire Spork is by far the best value. It might not be as durable as the others, but an individual Light My Fire Spork sells for as little as $2.50. You can also purchase the Light My Fire Spork Four Pack for $10 or the Light My Fire Titanium Spork for $17.
— Atherton Phleger
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