CRKT Eat’n Tool: Product Review

“High Speed Low Drag Tactical Taco Bell Ninja Spork”

columbia river knife and tool, eat'n tool, steel spork, multi-toolYa know, maybe it’s me (and it very well could be…) but every once in a while you run across something that just makes undeniable, irrefutable sense. I love food, and you could even go so far as to say it is without a doubt my one constant vice (and joy) in this world. With that being said, I have, from somewhere unknown, become obsessed with avoiding the waste of food, and frequently find myself going to great lengths to preserve each and every bite. Let’s put it this way, when your taco comes apart (you know what I’m talking about, ’cause you’ve been there) and you lose that precious glob of meat with tomatoes(!) and sour cream (that you paid extra for!) and you can’t stop devising a course of action to somehow get it off the wrapper and in your mouth without “caveman-ing” it with your hands in front of god and country (which has happened, when backed into a corner!). This is the tool for you. I myself have been a dedicated fan of Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) since early on in their introduction to the knife world and was immediately impressed with their quality, innovation, and always a big motivator to me, cost.

The Eat’n Tool, as it is called, is one of the latest efforts from CRKT’S ID Works division in which the typical mission is to blend form and multiple functions into an everyday user imperative item. I admit I was skeptical at first but was drawn in by flashbacks of assorted catastrophes at fast food venues, fashioning an ersatz utensil out of a salsa or ketchup packet. You would think that, as history dictates, this would be made for temporary use and with that, would not hold up to heavy repeated deployment. Again I was wrong. Made out of surprisingly thick steel and engineered to hold up better when load bearing than a standard kitchen utensil, it is complimented by several built-in features including a flathead screwdriver (in a pinch)/pry edge for getting into tight spaces like a lid off a canister, as well as a series of metric wrench apertures (10, 8 and 6mm), and followed up by the quintessential can opener. The spoon itself is in “spork” configuration, and history has been less than kind to the humble spork, as it has been much maligned and it’s reputation abused. I gotta say, upon closer inspection, and if you have a realistic defense-oriented mindset, you’ll notice a unique hourglass shape followed up by what can only be described as a finger hole dead center in the tool. These observations, along with the already definite sturdiness leads the observer to extrapolate another “use” for the tool edge and those “teeth” incorporated into the design, if push came to shove, and as it is truly meant for “Eat’n” it might pass for a non issue when boarding a plane (just say’n).

The Eat’n Tool comes in a couple of finishes, “Institutional Silver” and “Food Safe Tactical Black”. Underlying base material is either chrome steel or stainless, and all units come with a non load bearing carabiner to attach to webbing, packs and such. Once again, the price is way too affordable, and I consider this one of those really inexpensive gift ideas that for the right person, the “Cool Quotient” far outweighs the economy of the purchase. In other words, a great, unique gift that actually fits a need most don’t anticipate until the time comes. Highly recommended.

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