Good Deal, Good Idea!-except the

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Tmac from Pasadena, CA on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The idea here is obvious - pack one utensil instead of two. It's a good idea since one doesn't ususually use both a spoon and a fork at the same time when eating. But a "knife" on the same utensil...???
This XM size is great - the spoon is large enough for the lumpy sort of food one tends to eat when backpacking and the handle is long enough to reach down to the bottom of a big pouch of cook-in-the-bag freeze-dried backpacking slop without getting one's fingers caked with the slop. (I think the "regular size Spork spoon is too small and the handle too short).
The fork end is adequate as a fork, but a bit wide.
The saw-blade "knife", however, doesn't make sense. Being on the side of an outside tine of the fork, you have to be very careful not to saw the inside of your lip or cheek with the "knife" when eating. The width of the combined fork and knife makes this a bit tricky. Besides that, when cutting food, most people use a fork to hold the food in place as you saw through the food. But that ofcourse requires another utensil. I would rather use a real knife to cut and the fork on the Spork to hold down the food, not an additional Spork. Even a true minimalist would be better off with their razor blade than the Spork's "knife".
The obvious solution to the Spork's design flaw is to file off the teeth of the "knife". Easy fix, it's just too bad those Swedish designers at Light My Fire didn't think about that. Maybe they have really wide mouths or they've developed tough scar tissue on the inside of their mouths. Or both.
Still, at STP's sales price, the Spork XM is a good deal and I'll continue to enjoy my modified Spork XM.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Compact, Durable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight
  • Was this a gift?: No
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