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The Truth About Sporks: CRKT Eat’n Tool vs. TAD Titanium Short Spork

All Hail the Mighty Spork

Sporks are the King of the Utensils. Why be content with using multiple utensils with your dinner? Certainly a tool that acts as a spoon and a fork is vastly superior. The CRKT Eat’n Tool even throws in a couple of other tools such as a bottle opener, two screwdrivers, and 3 wrench cutouts.

We here at The Truth About Sporks decided to put both of these tools through a series of tests. The results speak for themselves.

Apple Test:

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Apple Test: Advantage CRKT

I used each tool to peel and slice an apple. The sharper edge on the TAD did a better job of peeling the skin when the spoon portion was used. However, the large screwdriver on the CRKT peeled translucent pieces, and when you combine a downward press with the back of the tool to split off a large piece, you can then use the screwdriver to slice it into smaller pieces.

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The CRKT screwdriver actually slices passably.

 

Pineapple Test:

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I started by sawing the top off with the TAD fork tines.

These fine tools managed to completely mangle the pineapple. The jagged rips left behind pieces positively seeping with juice. Channeling my inner barbarian, I abandoned my efforts and bit right in like a fruit-eating beast.

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I used the handle of the TAD to slice off hunks.

Ramen Noodles:

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Ramen are a backpacking staple. Sriracha not included.

If you haven’t been able to tell, this review is a bit of an April Fools Day lark. But the two tools are nice to have. The TAD Titanium Short Spork was a groomsman’s gift I received when standing with my buddy Ian. The CRKT Eat’n Tool came from Dan Zimmerman from his personal collection.

In the interest of bringing you something of value, I tried the tools on two camping staples – Ramen and a Fluffernutter Sandwich.

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Advantage: TAD

The deeper bowl and larger tines of the TAD made it a better soup spoon.

Fluffernutter Test:

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reach…you can do it…

 

The wide back of the CRKT and its shorter reach leads me to prefer the TAD. However, both spread the peanut butter and marshmallow cream efficiently.

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Achievement Unlocked: Fluffernutter Deliciousness.

 

Conclusion:

Material and Styling:
CRKT: Utilitarian. Powdercoated, stamped aluminum.
TAD: Badass textured titanium. Skulls. Because Skulls.

Advantage TAD.

Overall Utility:
CRKT: Shorter tines than the TAD, multiple tools and edge options.
TAD: Just a Spork. Longer tines and deeper bowl.

Advantage CRKT

Food Test Winners:

Apple: CRKT Multiple edge options and the screwdriver makes a great slicer.
Pineapple: Draw. Let’s face it. Sporks suck at processing pineapple.
Ramen: TAD. Better spoon and longer tines make this the hand’s down winner.
Fluffernutter: Draw/TAD. Both did a great job. The TAD has a slightly longer reach for deeper jar-extraction.

I know that this is a silly review, but both tools are actually quite nice. I would be happy to have either in my pack. Both are functional and useful, especially when paired with a knife.

Happy April Fools Day everyone from your friends at The Truth About Sporks.

Discussion

5 responses to ‘The Truth About Sporks: CRKT Eat’n Tool vs. TAD Titanium Short Spork

  1. I really like my snowpeak titanium spork (from thinkgeek). Never go camping, but it rides around in my weird edc-ish kit in my backpack. Has saved my butt on several occasions when I needed to eat but had no other utensils.

  2. The problem with short spoons/sporks is the same is the same as the Australian Food Ration Extraction Device (FRED), more commonly called a F@cking Ridiculous Eating Device. Namely that you can’t eat with it without getting food on your hands. Longer is better, just ask your girlfriend.

  3. The GSI Kung-foon works well for me, although it
    sees more use at oriental buffets than in the deep dark woods.

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