OR - Light My Fire Spork - Original - Mike Curry
- For this month's call, I humbly submit for your editing pleasure, my
humble spork . . . and I agree with Ray . . . it can be hard to
write about simple items, so I welcome any thoughts you have!
Let's see, if I write one owner review a month, I could build a
brownie point pyramid as big as Ray if I lived to be . . . yea,
let's face it, medical technology can't extend my life THAT long!
Oh, yea, and HTML is available at http://tinyurl.com/32ac33
LIGHT MY FIRE SPORK - ORIGINAL
BY MIKE CURRY
October 04, 2007
NAME: Mike Curry
LOCATION: Aberdeen, Washington
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 205 lb (93.00 kg)
I've been backpacking, climbing, ski-packing, bushwhacking, and
snowshoeing throughout the mountains of Oregon and Washington for
the last 25 years. I'm an all-season, all terrain, off-trail kind
of guy, but these days (having small kids) most of my trips run on
the shorter side of things, and tend to be in the temperate
rainforest. While I've carried packs (with winter climbing gear) in
excess of 70 pounds (32 kilos), the older I get the more minimalist
Manufacturer: Light My Fire
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.lightmyfire.com" LINK TEXT = "www.lightmyfire.com">>
MSRP: None Listed
Listed Weight: .32 oz (9 g)
Measured Weight: .4 oz (11 g)
Other details: Available in 15 colors. Larger sizes are also
I have used my Light My Fire spork on approximately two dozen
backpacking nights with a variety of meals. It has been used with
both stainless steel and teflon-coated aluminum pots, in conjunction
with both a lightweight white gas stove and a homemade alcohol stove
(side-jet pop can type).
Meals I have prepared and eaten with this spork include my usual
variety of backpacking fare, including mostly rice and noodles. It
has also been used in the field to prepare other items, including
freeze-dried meals and no-bake cheesecake.
So far this fork has only seen summer use, and has not been used in
temperatures below freezing.
The Light My Fire spork is a spoon, fork, and knife combined in one
utensil. It measures approximately 6 3/4 in (17 cm) in length,
which in my experience is a good compromise between being big enough
to use, yet saving as much on weight as possible.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Spoon?
Fork? Knife? Spork!">>
One end of the spork is a spoon, the other end is a four-tined fork,
and the outside edge of the fork is serrated to serve as a sort of
knife. The serrated edge does rub against my hand when I use it as
a spoon, but after several uses I don't even notice it during use.
It is constructed, according to the manufacturer's website, of
polycarbonate, and is available in 15 colors. I personally selected
bright red so as to more easily keep track of it, both to avoid
stepping on it, and to help reduce the odds of accidentally leaving
it in camp.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION = "Spork
For most of my meals, the spoon end receives the most use. It is
moderately sized spoon, similar to a typical teaspoon. The sweeping
profile of the spork allows me to use it much like a normal spoon.
It works best for rice, soups, small pasta, and similar foods. The
fork is similar in size, but the broad, relatively short, tines
limit its use. It isn't that the fork isn't useful, but rather that
the slippery material combined with the short, wide tines make it
less effective than a normal fork in picking up items like ramen
noodles. The fork is still my preferred side for noodles and many
The knife, in my experience, is more of a crude cutting instrument
than a true knife. For example, if I were spreading peanut butter
on something, I would use the spoon side. If I were trying to cut
ramen noodles into shorter lengths, I'd usually use the knife edge
(though the spoon works, too). I've tried to cut through some
pieces of rehydrated jerky I put in a rice dish with the knife and
though it was able to cut through it required a good deal of effort.
One feature I greatly appreciate is the material used, which doesn't
scratch my teflon-coated pots. It has withstood standing in boiling
water for short lengths of time, and has suffered no damage. In
fact, with all its use, it looks exactly like the day I bought it.
No wear, no staining, no scratches. The material seems very durable
in normal use. The fork is somewhat flexible, though, and I am
careful to place it in areas I won't step on it, as I'm not sure how
it would hold up. This causes my only source of worry surrounding
Perhaps the greatest feature, at least for me, is the ease of
cleaning. The material is easy to clean, and the design includes
smooth edges and open fork tines and knife edge serrations making
clean up a snap. There are no nooks, crannies, or rough edges for
food to catch on, and even the somewhat sharp edges of the knife
serrations are open enough to easily release residual food during
THINGS I LIKE
*Very light weight
*Selection of colors available
*Good basic functionality for meal preparation and eating
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
*Worring about accidentally stepping on it.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.
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- Hi Mike,
Thanks for the review, and for putting up the HTML. I just have a
couple edits then you can put it here;
***So far this fork has only seen summer use,
Edit: do you mean the "spork"? Or are you saying the "fork end" has
only been used in the summer?
***One feature I greatly appreciate is the material used, which
doesn't scratch my teflon-coated pots.
EDIT: Teflon is a trademarked proper name, hence the cap
***THINGS I DON'T LIKE
*Worring about accidentally stepping on it.