Reasons to ditch your spork before your next backpacking trip:

Sporks as we know them have actually been around for centuries. They were used for eating terrapin and ice cream in the 1800s. Samuel W. Francis gets credit for the first patent on a utensil filed in 1874, titled “Combined Knives, Forks and Spoons.” Finally, in the 70’s Van Brode Milling Co. gave life to the term “spork,” (Wilson). Sporks became wildly popular for fast food restaurants and later in the camping community because of their hybrid ingenuity. They were celebrated in the backpacking world for being cheaper, lighter, and easier to carry than a set of utensils.

But, I’m done celebrating the spork. There’s a reason prehistoric man used a simple spoon. I’ll start by asking a few questions.

1.	When is the last time you used the fork portion of your spork?
2.	Are you using the plastic version with the fork at one end and the spoon at the other?
3.	If yes, how many have you broken? (if zero, be prepared it’s coming)
4.	But they make titanium sporks! (see question 1)
5.	How many times has the fork end penetrated a plastic bag in your food kit?
6.	Is the short handle leaving you with peanut butter on your knuckles?

I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting down. It’s 2018 and it’s time to upgrade the Light My Fire four pack of sporks you purchased in 2003 (I bet you only have one left by now anyway). 

I’ll leave you with good news. There is a solution to the Sporkidemic. I present you with the Toaks titanium long handled spoon with a polished bowl! 

Titanium keeps your spoon from breaking. The long handle keeps food off your hands and your hands out of your food. The polished bowl makes it feel like you’re using real silverware like a civilized human. I see it as a win, win, win.

Follow the link below to join the revolution of spoon users:



"Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat" by Bee Wilson


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