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Light My Fire Titanium Review

The classic, two-sided design gets a significant upgrade in the form of this titanium model.
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Price:  $18 List | $16.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Does not break, easy to clean, large capacity
Cons:  More expensive than most
Manufacturer:   Light My Fire
By Sara James ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 10, 2019
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  • Eating - 35% 6
  • Durability - 30% 9
  • Cooking - 20% 7
  • Cleaning - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Light My Fire Titanium spork would be a welcome sight in many adventure guides' meal kits. Based on the same Swedish design as the LMF Original, the titanium version is superior to its plastic sibling because it simply does not break. The double-ended set up is controversial, with some celebrating the versatility of the spoon, fork, 'knife' combo tool, and others finding the utensil uncomfortable to hold. Those who are concerned about hygiene will find themselves sticking to one side of this tool per meal.


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Pros Does not break, easy to clean, large capacityFamiliar feel, long lasting, versatileSuper lightweight, quality material, comfortable to eat withGreat for JetBoils and dehydrated food bags, lightweightDurable plastic, excellent value
Cons More expensive than mostToo short for deep potsDoesn’t reach the bottom of dehydrated food bags, priceyAwkward shape for eating, doesn’t pack wellUncomfortable to hold, not very sanitary
Bottom Line The classic, two-sided design gets a significant upgrade in the form of this titanium model.This model is a utilitarian, familiar, and practically indestructible on-the-go utensil, earning it our Editors' Choice Award.This is our favorite model for long distance backpacking due to its durability despite a very minimal weight.This extra long utensil is the perfect tool for camp cooking but not without a minor sacrifices in comfort.This durable plastic utensil performed well across the board and boasts an inexpensive price tag, earning it our Best Buy Award.
Rating Categories Light My Fire Titanium Snow Peak Titanium Spork Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork - Long humangear GoBites Uno
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Specs Light My Fire... Snow Peak Titanium... Vargo Titanium ULV AlphaLight Spork -... humangear GoBites...
Material Titanium Titanium Titanium Aluminium alloy High-temp nylon
Measured weight (oz) 0.7 oz 0.6 oz 0.3 oz 0.4 oz 0.5 oz
Length 6.75" 6.5" 6.5" 8.5" 6.5"
Dishwasher safe? Yes Yes Yes No Yes - Top Rack

Our Analysis and Test Results

The double-sided design allows the user to select the tool depending on the meal at hand. The spoon and fork are highly suited to the task: the deep bowl enables you to enjoy a healthy dose of your favorite soup and the tines of the fork are sharp enough to spear a piece of meat. The cerated side of the leftmost fork tines can function as a cutting tool, but it does not replace the need for a knife as part of a camp kit.

This spork, uniquely, comes with a carrying bag. Although white seems like a poor color choice for this mixed mesh nylon bag, it is otherwise a functional addition to your toolkit and helps prevent your spork from contamination by the filth in your backpack.

Performance Comparison


A convinient tool for your adventure lunch box.
A convinient tool for your adventure lunch box.

Eating


The spork's large scooped bowl is a great soup spoon, and the larger carrying capacity also means it excels are ladling mountains of oatmeal into your mouth. The sharp tines of the fork are effective for stabbing chunks of meat and function well at the most fork-related tasks. The claim that this utensil also serves as a knife is a slight stretch of the imagination in our assessment. The serrated edges provided some slicing power against certain food items such as sausages or chicken, but this 'knife's' capabilities were not much greater than the side of a narrow spoon or fork.

The larger bowl held a larger capacity of soup than most.
The larger bowl held a larger capacity of soup than most.

For some, the iconic double-end design is the selling point of the LMF spork, while for others, it is the pitfall. Each end is well suited to specific eating tasks, but for a meal that requires both ends, you either have to compromise your hygiene or clean your spork mid-meal. You're also forced to hold the utensil in the middle, which most testers found less natural. Otherwise, you can hold this spork by the spoon bowl or the fork tines, but again, doing so is awkward.

The multi-tool nature of this tool made it well suited to a variety of cooking tasks.
The multi-tool nature of this tool made it well suited to a variety of cooking tasks.

Durability


The titanium model showed no signs of wear and tear during our testing period. In order to see if we could spot signs of decay, we even borrowed a 5-year-old model and put it under the lens for close inspection. Aside from the branding wearing down, we could see no evidence that this spork had survived over 1000 uses: this is the type of tool you may pass onto your offspring.

More expensive than most  you can expect this tool to last you a life time.
More expensive than most, you can expect this tool to last you a life time.

Cooking


The double-ended design means this tool is suitable for a wide range of cooking tasks ( frying, scrambling, stirring, labeled, whisking) even if it did feel awkward in hand. The titanium material was not kind to our Teflon pans, leaving multiple scratch marks after some vigorous stirring. On the other hand, the titanium is adept at scraping cast iron pots clean.

Aggressive stirring with this tool scratched our Teflon pan.
Aggressive stirring with this tool scratched our Teflon pan.

Cleaning


The titanium material makes this utensil conducive to the quick lick cleaning method. The indentation of graphics on the central part of the handle is prone to collecting extra grime, which is annoying since such branding is unnecessary to the spork's function.

The lick clean method was a winner with this easy to clean tool.
The lick clean method was a winner with this easy to clean tool.

Value


If longevity is factored into our value analysis, this spork is a reasonable purchase. It may cost significantly more than other models we tested, but we are also confident that this spork will see more meals than the non-titanium counterparts. That said, there are other titanium and aluminium alloy models we tested that we expect to stand the test of time similarly. All of them cost less than the Light My Fire Titanium.

One of the authors  Sara  cooks up some eggs and veggies in Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.
One of the authors, Sara, cooks up some eggs and veggies in Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.

Conclusion


Most people are willing to spend the extra money on a product that lasts as this one does. Lightweight and versatile, it would be a welcome addition to any adventurer's summit pack and would also be suitable as a day-to-day lunch tool for heavy-handed utilitarians.


Sara James