The Light My Fire Titanium Spork was provided by reuseit.com for review purposes.
My fascination with Titanium products was rekindled 4 years ago when I returned to backpacking. I did some research and found a lot to like about Titanium. It is very strong for its weight. It is toxic free. The metal is nonporous and does not scratch easily. Most of all it is easy to clean.
For those unfamiliar with a Spork, it is a single device that combines the functions of a spoon, fork and knife. The spoon part of the Spork is about the size of a tablespoon. The fork is similar to a table fork except that the tines are spaced farther apart.
I have been using a plastic Spork for over a year and will find the differences interesting. A quick look shows that they are almost identical in size. The plastic version is almost half the weight. When I measured the weight, I got 10 grams for the plastic, and 19 grams for the Titanium. At this point I really appreciate the sturdiness of the Titanium Spork. I will write more about this in my next report.
The following is from the package for the Titanium Spork
An extreme Spork (spoon, fork, knife combo) for extreme sports or anything else you can come up with. Same design as the classic Spork.
The Spork Titanium brings the aerospace toughness and lightness of titanium to your next outing regardless if it’s at the top of Everest or the top of your street. Features; non-corrosive, non-magnetic, and biocompatible. Melting point: 1,300 C. Dishwasher safe.
Check back in about a month when I will have more to say about this amazing Spork.
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Titanium Spork update 12-8-2010
When I am reviewing anything I try to incorporate the item into my daily activities. I don’t like having surprises on a backpack so I try equipment out before going on a backpack. I have been using a plastic Spork backpacking for about 2 years. The Spork replaced plastic ware from fast food restaurants. I started using the Titanium Spork at all my meals. Breakfast was a good start as what I eat at home is almost identical to what I eat backpacking or car camping. My routine breakfast consists of oatmeal and a banana. I used the spoon to slice my banana, this worked well even on bananas that were not quite ripe enough. I noticed that if I used the knife to cut up the banana, I had to clean the knife end if I did not want to get my hands sticky. That is one of the disadvantages of using an all in one device. The spoon size is excellent for oatmeal. I have also used the Spork fork to pick up sliced pieces of sausage. The fork on the Titanium Spork is better than the fork on a plastic Spork, and almost as good as a regular kitchen fork for picking up food items. The differences being on the spacing of the tines on the fork and the thickness of the tines. With a little practice, I now very seldom drop anything with this Spork.
Soup was next on the menu to test. My second most popular meal backpacking is noodles with a foil package of salmon or tuna fish. I made noodles and found I liked the action of the Titanium Spork over the plastic Spork. To eat the noodles, I used the fork end to twist a bunch of noodles on the tines of the Spork and then placed the noodles in my mouth. That technique made eating the noodles easier. The fork end was quickly licked off and then I used the spoon end to finish up the soup. I had better control with this Spork and I was surprised that there was very little heat transfer through the metal.
I like mashed potatoes and the easiest way is to use a potato masher, I don’t like to carry a special piece of equipment even when car camping. Most kitchen forks don’t have the strength to mash a potato. However the Titanium Spork has more than enough strength to do the job. It does require a little more effort than a conventional masher but it is a lot lighter and more compact. I did carry baked potatoes on a backpack and having a good way to mash them would have been very useful for me. The potatoes were consumed on the first day of the backpack.
I baked a chicken breast and a boneless pork chop and found I could cut the chicken with either the knife or the spoon on the Spork. The pork was too difficult to cut with the spoon, but the knife worked well. I was able to cut the thick pork chop with one hand using the knife as a saw. I had the knife blade almost vertical and used a sawing action and the meat cut easily without sliding around much.
I have been using this Spork for all my meals at home. Cleaning the Spork is easy. Very little sticks to the highly polished spoon and fork end of the Spork. This being the holiday season, I will be attending several functions. There is always a lot of good food, but when it comes to the eating utensils they are usually the disposable kind. Another thing that happens quite often is a lack of forks. Since the Spork is small and compact, I may be bring my Spork along for these emergency occasions.
I did notice a slight negative. Shortly after I started using my Spork for my meals at home I noticed marks in my Corelle bowl. The marks had to have been caused by my Spork. My guess is the highly polished Titanium forms a thin coat of Titanium dioxide on the surface of the Spork and this causes marks on the dishware.
I think the strength is as good as any silverware I have ever used. Check back in about a month when I will have more to say.
Titanium Spork a last look
Even though I was outdoors a lot during this period, I only had the opportunity to use the Spork on one hiking trip.
I hiked this with 2 friends of mine from the ski club. The temperature was about 12 F and there was a slight wind at the summit. Hiking up, there were several steep areas near the summit where traction devices would have helped had I put them on. At the summit, we made tea with my friend’s stove. The sky was slightly overcast but the views were very nice. This is very near Mt Moosilauke, but not nearly as difficult to climb. I drank my tea from the kettle. The Spork was used to squeeze the tea bag. I was not interested in getting my hands burned on the hot water or wet for that matter. After our tea break I put on my traction devices since going downhill is always a lot harder for me. I had no problem with slipping on the way down. This was my first major hike in snow this season. This was a 5 mile hike which we did in about 5 hours.
Light My Fire makes a Titanium Spork as well as a plastic Spork. Both are good products, the difference comes on how the product will be used. My experience with the Titanium Spork is that it is more versatile in that I can use it in a hot fry pan and not worry about melting. It is also more sturdy for cutting, mashing and lifting items out of a fire. What did surprise me is when I was eating very hot soup with the Titanium Spork it did not burn my lips as some heavy stainless steel ware I have. I put my Spork on the flame and it took a few minutes before the end I was holding started to get too hot enough for me keep it in the flame.
I am very pleased with my results and will be adding the Titanium Spork to my my camping gear for use on all my trips. I wish to thank Light My Fire and 4alloutdoors.org for the opportunity to do this review.