Introduction: Knorkoon: the All-in-One Travel Utensil

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That's the "K-Nork-Oon" for those of you curious of its pronunciation.

The idea for this began when I made a stop in a local outdoors store and saw the Light My Fire Spork.  Naturally, I didn't want to pay the price markup for something I thought I could make on my own with things I already have.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

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You will need the following materials:
  • (1) metal spoon
  • (1) metal fork
  • (1) package J-B Weld two-part epoxy
You will need the following tools:
Just a friendly reminder: Always know the proper use of any of your equipment - read any manuals and take all safety precautions. Safety glasses are recommended in just about any endeavor including tools, so if you think you need them, WEAR THEM. I am not responsible if you hurt yourself attempting this project and I hope you don't.

Step 2: Draw Removal Lines

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Now is time for you to decide how much of the original fork and spoon you want to keep.  Personally, I find that the tines on the fork are far too long for keeping in a packed-full backpack so I'm trimming them down quite a bit. 

Then decide how much of the handle you want to remove.  Bear in mind that these are going to get epoxied together so make sure the parts of the handle that are left are about the same length.

Also, I decided to carve out a bottle opener behind the tines of my fork since, well, who knows if I'll need it.  Better to have it than not, and I'm not too troubled about it affecting the structural integrity of the fork.

Step 3: Cutting

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Clamp the utensils in the vise to steady your work and go at it.  Use the cutting wheel for cutting the tines off and for removing the excess handle. 

Then use the tungsten carbide cutter for removing the bottle opener.  You can also remove a good majority of it with a drill and steel drill bit if you have them.

Step 4: Create a Knife Edge

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Take a look at the first picture and notice the serrations on the knife.  This is just a plain dining knife and it's not very sharp.  We want to recreate the serrations on this knife on the edge of the fork.

Using the cutting wheel, make little serrations along the edge of the fork (do it on the edge that doesn't have the bottle opener on it).  Next, use the grinding wheel to shave a slight angle into the edge - not too much though, as you don't want to cut your mouth when you use the fork.

Step 5: Flatten the Handle Remnants

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Using the vise to hold the handle remnants, bend the handles until they're flat.  Depending on the utensils you're using this can either be pretty easy or quite hard if yours have stronger metal.

You want them as flat as possible so when you epoxy them the epoxy doesn't have to span as far a distance and you'll get a stronger bond.

After you flatten them, use the grinding stone to rough up the attaching faces of the backs of the handles and then clean them with some sort of solvent (rubbing alcohol or acetone are good choices).  Leaving the faces smooth won't give the epoxy much to grab onto so get them so you can feel the roughness when you run your finger across.  The last pic shows one of the ones I made that came apart because I didn't rough the faces.

Step 6: Epoxy Them Together

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Next, mix up equal parts of J-B Weld in a disposable surface.  Spread the epoxy on the back sides of the utensils, then clamp them together in the vise.

According to the packing, J-B Weld needs 4-6 hours to dry before handing so find something to do during that time.  I went to sleep and went back to the project the next day.

Step 7: Smooth the Rough Edges

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Now you should have something that looks like the first picture.  There are plenty of rough edges on there that would just love to cut your hand or mouth so go ahead and smooth them down with the tungsten carbide bit, the grinding stone, and the metal file.  Be patient with the grinding so you don't accidentally mar the surface.

Be sure you smooth down the cut ends of the tines too so you don't cut the inside of your mouth.

Step 8: Optional: Give It a "Brushed" Look

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For this step I ran an Abrasive Buff over the entire thing to give it a "brushed metal" look and to mask any places where I lost control of the bit and ground something I didn't want to.  Personally I think it gives it a nice finish.

Step 9: Finished!

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After you're happy with the smoothness, polish, and shine of the Knorkoon, give it a wash in soap and water and it's ready for use!

Mine ended up being a little less than 6 inches long and weighs...well, I can't tell you exactly how much it weighs since I don't have a scale.  A couple ounces at most but definitely less than a separate, knife, fork, and spoon.

I think one could soften the handle with some Sugru but I don't have any.  Maybe in another update.

Well, only thing left to do is grab some grub, a bottle of beer, and enjoy both using your brand new Knorkoon!

Also, if you like this, don't forget to vote for it in the What Can You Do With a Dremel Tool? contest!


tyler roberts (author)2016-04-11

I'd have done a trio of brass rivits, but good idea nonetheless.

3366carlos (author)2016-01-16

love it. Two small screws might be better than jb weld

JayB7 (author)2015-04-01

very nice, thank you

Gedulisz (author)2014-01-18

Just made one myself! Will post pictures tommorow when 2-component adhesive is cured after 24 hours.

lclaiborne (author)2013-05-27

The "attach a full size fork and spoon with a rivet to swing apart..." What? You'll be eating with a double length fork! Just get a fork and spoon and put them in a tooth brush case.

lclaiborne (author)2013-05-27

I love the pattern on this, real silverware decoration makes it much more interesting than standard camping stuff. I'm leery of the knife edge too- but who goes camping without Real Serious Knives? No loss to leave it off.

fishinigami (author)2010-12-10

i dont know that that stuff is food safe... dont go poisoning yourself!

"When fully cured, J-B Weld is non-toxic"

frazeeg (author)fishinigami2010-12-12

The MSDS for J-B Weld is here.  It says the following:

INGESTION: Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Overexposure to this material has apparently been known to cause the following effects in lab animals:
Eye damage, skin damage.

It's probably going to be ok if your epoxy point is sufficiently far from where your mouth will go.  And my thinking is that if it's hardened it will be harder for any of it to make its way into my GI tract.

TrailH4x (author)frazeeg2010-12-13

There is a JB weld specially made for potable water pipes. It's non-toxic and won't leach. This and some carefull grinding and buffing to ensure all loose points are removed should address your concerns. FYI... Stress is toxic too.

StandsWithABeer (author)2012-07-30

nice one, Mate! Thanks! Gonna do this one.

pastprimitive (author)2012-04-11

I might need to try this out, but I'll have to try using my welder to put them together.

mjursic (author)2012-04-01

I'm going to go out and make one of these, but with some rivets instead. Nice instructable.

HeatherAshton23 (author)2012-03-29

Awesome, I'm going to go convert all my silverware right now!

PeterGahm (author)2012-03-29

Ha, very cool idea! I will definitely be trying this one...

ClayChip (author)2012-03-25

I love the concept of this, but I know I wouldn't use it. It's the knife edge on the for that I'm not fond of. All I see is a trip to the Hospital after I slice the side of my mouth with the knife edge as I pull the fork out of my mouth. Clever idea and well done instructable.

XOIIO (author)ClayChip2012-03-27

I've never cut myself using a didning fork and I eat with them lently, this barely has an edge.

Pfarmkid (author)ClayChip2012-03-26

then why not make one without the knife edge

wobbler (author)2012-03-25


Kalibar07 (author)2011-01-21

i have to say i have looked all over this site for all kinds of different items to add to my survival collection.. this is definitely one i believe will be a great addition to my gear... great ible keep em commin

50-50 (author)Kalibar072012-03-25

In a survival situation who cares about a fork to eat your food?

Thrasym (author)50-502012-03-25

Are you serious? Have you ever tried to eat a meal without a fork? Well worth the almost no space a "Knorkoon" takes up in a survival kit.

I can't imagine being anywhere, much less a survival situation, without a knife (Gibbs rule #9 and all) so I don't think I'd add the knife section. Otherwise, cool idea. I think I'll make one for my son.

Maybe I'll wrap the handle in stainless steel wire, to make sure it never comes apart (since I don't know about no welding...or any welders). Plus it'll make it thicker and nicer to hold I'd imagine. But I think JB Weld will hold almost forever under normal usage, don't you just love JB Weld? I'm ok saying I do. ")

bowdenja (author)2012-03-24

If you are worried about them coming apart use two rivets (not pop-rivets) and no JB weld............ but I think the JB Weld would be sufficent.

Very good instructable!

olesiakanaeva (author)2012-03-24

Yes such I yet didn't see. Vpechetlyaet. It is direct for all occasions.

OldShotgunYoungShooter (author)2012-03-11

I believe its called a spork

sporks are spoons and forks.
this one contains a knife and a bottle opener.

The Ideanator (author)2012-03-22

And if you want to be ambitious, braze them together!(only use steel for that though, most silverware seems to be the soft kind that would likely melt under a torch)

ilpug (author)2012-03-22

The universal FDS- food delivery system.

Grimmy Grim (author)2012-01-01

This is a good, fun project that has me thinking. Nothing in the cutlery drawer is safe...

urbanpirate (author)2010-12-30

think I am going to make a copy with a real weld where you used the JB.

frazeeg (author)urbanpirate2010-12-30

Sounds good! Please let us know how it works and post some pics when you have a finished product.

urbanpirate (author)frazeeg2011-07-23

Just welded it together today. Simplified the design a bit since i always carry a knife or two and can make do without the can/bottle opener. Think I will call mine a foon

dumbguy (author)2011-06-26

THATS GOOD!!! Wish that I thought of it. Just one problem, the wife is still mad at me about the silverware. oops.

wobbler (author)2011-02-04

You could also make this fold maybe. Instead of welding the two together, use a rivet half way and make it so the fork spins back behind the spoon (the spoon would be the other way up from your diagram). Not sure if it would be rigid enough, but I think I'll have to try it (I'll add it to the list of the other 1000's of things I intend to try one day).

The inclusion of the bottle opener is pure genius though!

siafulinux (author)wobbler2011-04-25

To help keep it in place a small, flattened "ring" could be moved up and down the "arms" after swinging it into place. When you want to swing it, simply slide the ring down to one end and by either the spoon or fork and it'll swing.

jmonty (author)2010-12-31

that is awesome. you should market that man

Kalibar07 (author)jmonty2011-02-21

there is already a fork/spoon of similar design on the market.. its plastic you can buy them at Cabelas i have made a out 6 of these now though i welded mine rather than used epoxy its a great addition to my gear thanks for the Ible

Nubuun (author)2011-01-03

I Agree... YES

tinstructable (author)2011-01-03

I made on with Gorilla Glue Instead, and I think it will work just as well. What do you think? Nice Instructable!

abditv (author)2010-12-31


ron2470 (author)2010-12-29

instead of knorkoon you should call it the sporkfe!

nikimda (author)2010-12-25

Great idea!

Isurvival (author)2010-12-15

Great idea! It's another design pattern for the spork, and with the bottle opener-nice job!

SteampunkManiac (author)2010-12-14


l8nite (author)2010-12-13

it looks a little small but I guess thats the idea. Nice "ible"

TrailH4x (author)2010-12-13

Great job. I've gone through several models of plastic sporks and even own a few titanium models. My favorite is a folding Ti model. I really enjoyed your instructable. Though it is not a purely original concept, I love the fact that you made it out of your own stuff on hand and adapted current concepts from other units to make your own design. These are all the qualities I feel define a Maker. You got my vote!

frazeeg (author)TrailH4x2010-12-13

Thanks! I appreciate it.

frazeeg (author)2010-12-13

@ imfasa: That would be the Light My Fire Spork that I mentioned in the second sentence of the Instructable.  The whole point of this exercise was to NOT have to buy anything.

@ zieak: I'm not a big fan of true sporks. I always seem to poke myself in the lip. Of course, part of that aversion might come from my childhood days in the school cafeteria trying to cut things with the crummy plastic sporks the school provided and not having a knife.

And, of course, we would have no need for a bottle opener in grade school.

zieak (author)2010-12-13

A true spork us a tined spoon I think. Thus has both a true spoon and a true fork. Plus a bottle opener!

kelseymh (author)2010-12-08

Great project! Nice to see that the Romans can still influence modern design :-)

I am curious how well the JB Weld joint will stand up to medium- to long-term use in the field. Things like cutting food with the side of the spoon, having the spoon rest on your hand when using the bottle opener, and so on. I haven't used JB Weld much for connections which have to resist torque.

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