Friday, November 02, 2007

In Praise of the Lowly Spork

The folks at Industrial Revolution sent me a cool mini candle lantern to check out (more on that later) and in their note said, "We threw a spork in the package too." Poor spork - it's just an afterthought.

The spork is actually a beautiful and supremely practical piece of travel gear. It performs multiple functions, it's light, and it's compact. Plus it's cheap. Right up my alley. It's a spoon, it's a fork, and in this model, it's even a knife! (There's a serrated edge on one side of the fork.)

Yes this Light My Fire Spork - made in Sweden even - is an elegant piece of indestructible plastic that comes in a rainbow of colors. It's obviously a useful piece of gear for a camping trip, but would be a worthwhile addition to any round-the-world backpacker's list as well. This is especially true if you're heading to the land of chopsticks or a place where the favored utensil is the right hand. I can think of quite a few train or bus journeys where I would have given half my 50-cent meal to someone who could make my life easier by giving me a spoon, a fork, or - even better - a spork. Get your own for $2.99 at Amazon.

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