Kitchen utensils are not often a heavily considered piece of gear in the woods. Packs, knives, guns, cooking vessels, sleeping gear and shelters are all things that are carefully considered and compared, until the perfect one is found. Flatware is one of those things that often slips through the cracks. I am guilty of quickly grabbing a fork and spoon from the tableware set at home before running out the door to head to my destination. Likewise, I’m also guilty of entirely forgetting any sort of eating utensil and needing to fashion chopsticks and serving paddles in the woods. I have a friend that enjoys the woods, and he always keeps a cheap spoon from a diner in his pocket. He often uses it for eating whenever he is away from home.
For a time, I followed his example and took a large tablespoon from a consignment shop into the woods with me, and had no issues. This past Christmas, my well-meaning mother bought me a titanium spork made by Sea To Summit and that’s what we’re going to take a look at today.
My first thought was that I would probably never use the thing. Plastic sporks from fast food restaraunts leave alot to be desired, and my first instinct was that my new spork would be similar. Despite this, curiosity got the better of me and I started using my spork, just to test it out. I ate cereal with it first, and it worked surprisingly well. The bowl was large enough, and the tines small enough, to make it a good shovel for solids floating in liquid. Next I tried it on some chicken, and was again surprised. The tines, though fairly small, were large enough to effectively hold the meat while cutting, and also to transfer bites to my mouth.
The spork comes with a small carabineer (made from titanium or aluminum, I do not know) clipped through a lanyard hole in the top of the handle portion. This annoyed me, and it has found a new home on the dangler loop of a knife sheath, to facilitate quick on-and-offs. The spork itself has a matte grey bead-blasted sort of finish, which has become polished in some spots on mine after a couple of months of somewhat frequent use. The spork is fairly thin, and very light. It tips the scales at a mere 17grams, which is just over half an ounce. It feels about as sturdy as any other typical eating utensil-which is to say that it should not be pried with, but will stand up to the heaviest of foods.
Titanium is highly corrosion resistant, as well as a poor conductor. Both of these things make titanium a prime material for cutlery. It is not going to rust if left wet, and it will not likely burn your fingers after sitting in a cup of hot soup, for instance. Besides this, its light weight (up to 45% lighter than steel) means that it is easy to carry around with you. All of this is practically meaningless though, unless I tell how useful this spork actually is. It is so useful that I have taken to carrying it as part of my EDC gear. I use it to eat lunch away from home almost every day, when I often enjoy leftovers from soup to meat and everything in between. I sometimes also take sandwiches, ramen, or other typical lunch fare. The spork handles all of these without a hassle. Iʼve even used my spork to eat a particularly sloppy peanut butter and honey sandwich before! After lunch, I simply give the utensil a rub-down under some running water, and it goes back into my bag.
Though, in general, I am not a fan of compromises, this spork is really a great compromise. The only possible change I would make would be to enlarge the size of it by a small margin, but I tend to like larger-than-average utensils. Sea To Summit executed their design effectively and gracefully, in a medium that leaves nothing to be desired. Though I am sure I would be just fine continuing to use my cheap consignment shop spoons, the spork adds an element of class to my meals. It is also fun to watch the tech-heads with the latest pocket computer ogle my titanium spork. Though the spork does not appear on Sea To Summit’s web page, a few weeks ago in a local Eastern Mountain Sports I saw the same spork, so it seems as though they are still being produced. The Sea To Summit titanium spork is a nonessential, yet incredibly useful piece of gear.