By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Consider the spork. I know I do. All the time. Because really, what other form of cutlery offers the same combination of utility and elegance?

Stop what you're doing and admire the lean, graceful lines of the Vargo Titanium Spork (via www.vargooutdoors.com).

The versatile, do-it-all nature of sporks would make any proper, need-a-separate-utensil-for-everything Victorian lady quake in her dainty, lace-up boots. But I digress. Here are 7 standouts in the Wide World of Sporks.

1. Eddie Bauer Light My Fire Spork

This ever-cheerful, heat-resistant and dishwasher safe spoon-and-fork combo offers a serrated edge on one side of its fork for easy side cutting. Bring on the pancakes!

Light My Fire Spork 4-Pack (via www.eddiebauer.com)

2. CRKT Eat'N Tool

It opens bottles! It opens cans! It has three hex wrenches, a flathead screwdriver tip, and a caribiner! Most importantly, this stainless steel multitool features a spork so you can sit down to eat after all that labor. I suggest this Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese for an inaugural meal.

The Eat'N Tool from Columbia River Knife and Tool (via www.crkt.com).

3. Snow Peak Titanium Spork

Lightweight, durable, and, like the songstress Sia, it's titanium! Available at Nordstrom.com, REI.com, and ThinkGeek.com, which proclaimed it the "Spork of the Gods," ideal for consuming vast quantities of victuals at any feast.

The Snow Peak Titanium Spork (via www.nordstrom.com).

4. MSR Folding Spork Set

Your new go-to BPA-free cutlery folds up teeny tiny to take up almost zero space in your lunchbox or daypack or back pocket, always ready to dig into a bowl of chili or maybe a skillet brownie. #Protip: They fit into MSR's insulated mugs for super efficient packing. Now what are you going to do with all that extra space?

MSR Folding Spork Set (via www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/).

5. EcoStainless Spork

These wee lil' sporklets are SO charming. Imagine pulling one of these from your handkerchief next picnic season when it's time to eat pasta salad. Stainless steel, durable, lovely.

EcoStainless Spork Set (via www.honeycolony.com).

6. Vargo Titanium Spork

This corrosion-resistant work of art adds beauty to your day, whether you're slurping up a Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait or enjoying some hearty ropa vieja.

Stop what you're doing and admire the lean, graceful lines of the Vargo Titanium Spork (via www.vargooutdoors.com).

7. MoMA Ramen Spork

Hope my nephew isn't reading this, because this is heading his way for Christmas from the Museum of Modern Art. Easy enough to take along to his favorite ramen restaurant, but good for ramen at home, too.

MoMA Ramen Spork (via www.momastore.org).

Sporks: They're not just for camping! Or, KFC eatin'. Or Vietnamese pho noodle slurping. Learn more about their history here.


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