72835Re: EDIT: OWNER REVIEW - Light My Fire Spork
- Feb 2, 2007Hello,
Are you looking at the first version, which I initially posted on Nov.
24th, or the new version, which I reposted on Dec 27th, where I made
the basic format edits, based on the comments Ted made on my first
review? If you are looking at the repost, please let me know exactly
where the problems are, as I thought I'd caught all of the basic
In case you don't have it, here's a copy of the revised version, which
I initially (re)posted on Dec 27th.
OWNER REVIEW - Light My Fire Spork
Name: Rae Goodman
Height: 5' 2" (157 cm)
Weight: 155 lbs (71 kg)
Email: raefrog at hotmail dot com
Location: San Francisco
I've been hiking since high school, starting on pieces of the AT. I've
hiked, camped, and done overnight bicycling treks, primarily in and
around California. I work in outdoors programming for ages 13-26, and
have led trips for 1-50 people. So far, I'm a 3-season hiker, doing
mostly easier hikes, since I'm often taking first-timers with me. I've
never kept much track of my gear weight, since I've always been using
borrowed gear and often carrying group gear. I'm currently planning an
'08 AT thru-hike, and I'm trying out ultralight gear, researching and
buying an item at a time.
Product: Light My Fire Spork
Weight (listed): 0.2 oz (5.7 g)
Size: 6.6 x 1.5 inches (16.8 cm x 3.8 cm)
Price: US $3
This is listed as a "spork" but it's not really. It's a two-ended
utensil, with a fork on one end and a spoon on the other. The fork has
a serrated "knife" edge on one side.
I bought this the second I saw it in REI. I don't like sporks, since
they aren't very good as either a spoon or a fork, but I also don't
want to carry two separate utensils made of metal or heavier plastic.
I've used this at home and out camping around CA, and I love it. It's
practically weightless, durable, functional.
Since it's two-ended, I'm holding onto the fork while using the spoon,
or vice versa. So, I have to decide which utensil I want to use for a
particular meal, or keep cleaning it between using each side, or just
get my hands dirty. I don't mind just using one utensil per meal,
especially since camping meals are usually pretty simple anyway.
The polycarbonate is strong and slightly flexible. The tines of the
fork are long enough to be useful in stabbing items or eating pasta,
unlike sporks. And, unlike disposable plastic utensils, the tines
don't break off or bend out of the way when I'm trying to stab
something a bit tougher.
I haven't found the serrated plastic "cutting" edge of the fork to be
very useful. It's not sharp, so about all it might be good for would
be cutting cheddar cheese or similar, but the non-blade edge of the
fork works just as well for that. Neither the serrated or the smooth
side of the fork would cut a tougher item like meat or hard cheese.
Also, I always carry a knife when camping anyway, so it's not like I
need the "blade." The serrated edge was rough on the edge of the mouth
when eating the first few times, but I got used to opening a bit wider
to avoid scaping the side of my mouth. It's not bad, unless I've
already got a sore or chapped lips.
The spoon end is large and deep enough that eating soup is easy. The
bowl/ curve of the spoon is deeper than most camping spoons I've seen.
And, unlike sporks, the depth of the bowl that's useable for soup
isn't reduced by having notches for the spork "tines" cut into it.
It claims to be heat resistant, which so far I've found to be mostly
true. I've run it through the dishwasher and used it on hot pots
without any trouble, and it's mostly been fine. It does have a small
scorch mark on the back of the spoon and I'm not sure how it got
there. (I suspect one of my housemates used it and left it leaning
against the edge of a pot while something was cooking). But, it
doesn't matter much and I keep using it.
It's also nice that it's plastic and can be used on non-stick
cookware. I usually use metal silverware and therefore can't use
nonstick cookware without getting little bits of Teflon in my food.
This spork is long enough to use in fairly deep containers, especially
when using the fork end holding onto the spoon end makes it easy to
reach further down. I eat out of a ¾ L gladware plastic screw-top
container that's about 3.5" in diameter by 6" deep. However, this
isn't a "long handled spoon" like the Firelite 8.4" titanium spoon.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this "spork." It's function,
lightweight, and durable. It's a great alternative to lousy sporks.
The price is excellent, too.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
> Hi Rae,
> Seeing as this is your second review I could not understand why I was
> seeing so many edits with the basics of the review. Upon pulling your
> first review I saw that Ted had all the same edits that I was getting
> ready to write up. It seems you wrote two reviews at the same time.
> (The date is a pretty good give-away.) Could you please put all of the
> work that Ted did and the experience you gained to good use and rewrite
> this to reflect it please?
> Repost here when it is fixed.
> Thank you,
> Raymond Estrella
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