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#204429 - 07/08/10 09:44 PM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: CAL]
Tarzan Offline

Registered: 02/02/08
Posts: 146
Loc: Washington
My cousin was in the German Army and they have a neat nesting set of spoon, fork, butterknife and a gizmo that holds them all together that doubles as a can opener. It is heavy as all getout, but they work, don't bend, and the knife can be sharpened to the point where it will actually cut something besides bologna.
If weight is really an issue, I just take the spoon and use the knife blade from a swiss army knife. In all candor, how useful is a fork?

#204430 - 07/08/10 11:31 PM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: Tarzan]
Richlacal Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
How useful is a fork,you ask?Besides coleslaw,have you ever tried eating salad/steak with a spoon,or tried roasting meat over a fire with a butterknife or spoon,or gig a frog/fish with a spoon or butterknife,or taken the fork from the usual nesting trio,& everything still holds together?

#204431 - 07/08/10 11:37 PM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: Richlacal]
jzmtl Offline

Registered: 03/18/10
Posts: 530
Loc: Montreal Canada
There's also this French army knife.


#204480 - 07/10/10 01:09 AM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: jzmtl]
BillLiptak Offline

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 259
I liked mine, until it snapped after a few months. Too many people also made this complaint so I went with a snow peak spork.

#204509 - 07/10/10 09:56 PM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: BillLiptak]
MarkO Offline

Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 137
Loc: Oregon
What are folks doing to break them ??

I like mine though they see light & limited usage (so far).

#204522 - 07/11/10 01:35 AM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: MarkO]
chickenlittle Offline

Registered: 06/06/10
Posts: 102
Loc: Canada
I confess to being cheap.
I get all my camping cookware from the local goodwill store.
Silverware is still very reasonable.
I tend to buy separate forks and spoons. I like big spoons.
Chopsticks are surprisingly useful once you get used to them.
They let you poke, stir and pick up stuff.

#204528 - 07/11/10 03:27 AM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: chickenlittle]

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1828
the Spork was a nice idea that went bad.made cheap and without a real cutting edge or tines.i use Army surplus,the older the better.
i could gut a deer with the spoon if i had too.

#204565 - 07/11/10 11:44 PM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: jzmtl]
Hikin_Jim Offline

Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: jzmtl

That's actually a pretty cool knife. Is the blade deployable with the fork and spoon still attached? I assume that the blade is not a one hand opener.

OK, now to dork out a bit. smile I actually weighed some various types of cutlery on my wife's kitchen scale. In each case a spoon and fork were weighed (I typically rely on a CRKT folder for a knife).
Stainless Steel (flimsy) - 1.83 oz
Aircraft Alum (Sea to Sum) - 0.92 oz
Jet Boil plastic - 0.81 oz
Good ol' Lexan - 0.67 oz

Yeah the Sea to Summit aircraft aluminum spoon and fork are half the weight of stainless steel, but still the difference is only about 1 oz. Note however that I used some pretty cheap, flimsy stainless steel. More substantial SS would of course weigh more.

I generally would not recommend buying the Jetboil brand plastic fork and spoon because they're pretty expensive for what they are, but I got a set thrown in for free when I bought a Jetboil stove. I like them because they're telescoping. When extended, they can reach down to the bottom of my freeze dried meal or MRE. When collapsed, they fit inside my pot, pretty convenient.

Lastly, I threw in good ol' Lexan. I bought my set in 1987. Still going strong. They're light and cheap, but of course they're no where near as durable as metal. They're a heck of a lot better than a plastic fork and spoon that you'd buy at the grocery store though! Perfect for you hikers/campers that tend to lose things.

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#204576 - 07/12/10 02:36 AM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: MarkO]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Originally Posted By: MarkO
What are folks doing to break them ??.

Either sudden impact or repeated flexing in my EDC bag.

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#204578 - 07/12/10 03:21 AM Re: Thoughts and Opinions on... The LMF Spork. [Re: ironraven]
Mark_M Offline

Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 295
Loc: New Jersey
+1 on the Sea-to-Summit eating irons. Good length, nice size spoon, strong. I have a set in my camping kit and another in my BoB.

I also have the REI titanium spork. Not really happy with it though. Too short, the tines of the fork are shallow, and the spoon dish is a bit small. I wound up putting it in my EDC for emergency lunch disasters.

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