As any frequent camper, hiker, traveler knows, there’s tremendous value in items that combine multiple functions of complete utensils set into one well-designed package. Less stuff to pack, less weight to carry, more utility. The spork, a portmanteau of spoon and fork, perfectly illustrates this concept. Its hybrid pronged bowl design first gained a US patent registered in 1874, while a more familiar design was registered in 1978. These days, the multifaceted flatware can be found everywhere, from campus cafeterias to mile-high tray tables.
For the purpose of this article, we’re primarily interested in the durable, reusable metal sporks designed for backpacking and camping, but are also useful for everyday carry (you know Field Mag staffers keep that MF thang on them at all times).
Long, short, folding, stainless steel, titanium–just when we think the spork has seen it all, there’s new designs and gadgets waiting for us to test. Scroll through to checkout the best spork designs for packing on your next camping, backpacking, or regular travel trip.
10 Best Metal Sporks for Camping, Backpacking, Travel, and Everyday Use
The iconic Japanese titanium spork from Snow Peak is the gold standard for camping utensils. The ultralight eating utensil weighs just 16 grams, measures 6.5 inches in length, and is available in a range of solid and anodized colors (hi-vis means less easy to lose, of course). Should you feel that combo flatware should favor forking over scooping, check out the new and absolutely outrageous Titanium Foon ($15), an alternative design that specs an emphasis of fork tines over spoon bowl.
Similar to Snow Peak but even lighter in weight, the conventional Alpha Light Spork from Aussie outdoor gear brand Sea to Summit is our top pick for the ounce counting ultralight hikers among us. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, the streamlined design is sleek, functional, and sans any unnecessary bells or whistles. For the maximalist weight weenies, Sea to Summit also offers a full titanium spoon, fork, and knife (and carabiner)set for $25.
Titanium newcomers Silverant clearly surveyed the spork landscape when they devised their long-handle titanium spork, offering a whopping 220mm (8.6-inches) of reach down into your instant bagged meal at camp or into the crevices of an ice cream pint at home. Despite the elongated handle, this spork still weighs less than other normal-length fork spoon type utensils! So go ahead and cut down your toothbrush handle; I’ll be packing this wondrous titanium long handle dessert spoon.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of survival knives, but are you ready for this high-quality, EDC-worthy utility spork? Knife and multitool specialists Gerber pack nine functions into the Devour, a clever two-piece combo consisting of a 7.6-inch long handle spork with a snap-on piggyback tool that tucks away on the underside of the handle. Yes, one of those functions is of course, a bottle opener. The 23.5-gram 7075 T6 aluminum tool likely won’t save any lives, but it may make yours a tad easier. (Plus it would surely be MacGuyver’s pick if he was a backpacking spork user.)
There’s no official rule book to follow on sporks–throw a fork and a spoon on the same handle any way you'd like, and you’re in the game. Filtration water bottle maker GRAYL recently entered the adventure cook and drinkware space with a design that follows the looser spork ethos with a double-ended titanium spork—a serrated edge is thrown in for good measure, too. We commend them for the smart design—and for resisting the urge to combined spoon, fork, and knife into a single product name.
GSI Outdoors have been in the camp kitchen game since 1985 and possess exactly the kind of specialty know-how to conceive this galaxy-brained cutlery set. The stainless steel spork unit can be used on its own or with an included pair of chopsticks to create a long-handle kitchen tool aiding in turning every camp meal into zero waste fuel to keep you happy out there.
Camp cookware brand Full Windsor designed their Splitter to serve the camp chef and diner by combining a 10-inch titanium handled spork and spatula capable of quickly snapping together into a set of tongs. Sauté, serve, and enjoy your camp meals with this magical multi-faceted utensil.
If you frequent noodle shops or Asian eateries, you’re probably no stranger to their bowed-handle soup spoons. Japanese camp cookware brand Soto retranslates the utensil into a next-level camping spork, ready to dig into your favorite fresh or instant camp meal. Its extra-deep spoon fork uses featherlight titanium paired with a folding stainless steel wire handle to save both packing space and carry weight, so why not show up to the soup dumpling spot with your own silverware? Made in Japan.
We’re happy to make an exception for sustainable lunch and dinnerware brand Humangear’s non-metal spoon fork combo, though we have a hard time calling any utensil a spork where a pronged bowl is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the Uno separates salad fork and spoon portions onto opposite sides of its reusable, dishware-safe high-temp nylon body. Still prefer titanium? Checkout the Ti-Uno Spork ($14).
Sporks generally don’t take up too much space in the mess kit/lunchbox, but lightweight camp gear brand MSR made their BPA-free, dishwasher safe plastic spork foldable for the fastidious packers out there. In its deployed state, you get a 4.3-inch camp spork that folds down to 1.5 inches. Available as a spork set of four in addition to separate forks and spoons. Folding cutlery for all.