I must admit that I usually pack a proper stainless steel knife, fork and spoon whenever I go camping. It’s just one of those things that I enjoy when eating – a weighty piece of cutlery to fill my hand and make the experience and enjoyable one.
Sure, plastic cutlery has its place, and Titanium cutlery saves a few grams, but to my mind they leave a meal lacking a certain something. Like the difference between recycled loo-roll and the one with the puppies – they both do the job, but one’s a nicer experience.
And so to Trekmates Stainless Steel Spork…
I spent an entire long weekend eating every meal with this little device (and a knife on occasion) and was pleasantly surprised. It’s solid; robust; proper. It feels like, if you needed to, you could tenderise a steak or bash in a nail. And I like the fact that the eating end is the eating end – none of this 2-ended “get your dinner down your wrist” nonsense which some Sporks are designed to do.
The Trekmates spork has a flip-out wire handle, so it stores at half its size. The design is extremely simple with a sliding clip pushing the wires apart so you don’t get a spoonful of custard collapsing in your lap. I also found the wire to be perfect for carabiner attaching my spork to other things – very handy.
The bear-paw design of the spoon means you can prod things easily, but short prongs mean that noodle dishes are going to be a problem. I suppose that the type of person who takes ‘just’ a spork camping could easily manage to use it as a shovel though.
Priced at £4.99 it’s much cheaper than a Titanium spork, but more expensive than a small plastic one. I dare say that it’d last a lifetime though, which you probably couldn’t say about the plastic alternative.
SUMMARY: Falling somewhere between proper cutlery and a plastic utensil, the Trekmates stainless steel spork makes the camping meal experience a little more solid and weighty. I like that. The shape of the spoon head is going to make some meals a struggle, but avoid noodles and you should be OK.