Introduction: IFork- the Superior Takeaway Dining Implement

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Sick of cheap plastic or wooden forks from takeaways and chippies? Tired of greasy fingers? Want to stand out in the crowd while you polish off your fish and chips at the bus stop? Look no further, here it is, the high tech  equivalent to the plastic or wooden  fork, the iFork.

Needed: 1 fork (the eating variety, not the garden type), preferably an old family heirloom. If not, a visit to the charity shop should suffice for a handful.

Step 1: The Starting Point

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OK, this is what you are looking for (the metal thing, not the hand, although a hand does come in useful later).

Don't let your grandmother see you taking it, although she was probably intending to leave it to you in her will, so you're just doing time travel in a way.

Step 2: Clamp and Cut

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Clamp your family heirloom eating implement in a vice and get the hacksaw working. Cut off the handle to a suitable length for convenience and practicality. Discard the half without the prongs. If you find when finished the implement doesn't pick up chips or rice successfully, you have probably discarded the wrong end at this stage.

Step 3: Round Off and Smooth End

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Use a file and sandpaper or a grinding wheel to round off the end and smooth off any burrs. You could drill a hole in the end for attachment to a necklace if you like at this stage. I left mine unholey

Step 4: The Finished IFork

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Your iFork- The Superior Takeaway Dining Implement- is now finished. To use, rush out to your local chippy or preferred takeaway. When asked if you'd like a fork with your meal, pull out your iFork, with a flourish, and holding it up say "No, thank you, but  I have brought my own iFork, a vastly superior dining implement to your cheap plastic and wooden forks."

They also make ideal wedding and birthday presents, especially when presented as a matching set.


Technovation (author)2016-05-23

how about a Swiss knife mechanism with an iFork, iSpoon and iKnife this could make it a life changing and far superior dinning implement :)

nuelma (author)2015-05-18

thanks you for the istructable

nuelma (author)2015-05-17

is so good

wobbler (author)nuelma2015-05-18

Thanks, Nuelma. I'd almost forgotten this was here. I still use mine regularly, I've got one in each of my rucksacks for those takeaway emergency meals and I've made several for friends.

arkangel1975 (author)2011-10-11

now all we need is the iSpork.... :D

wobbler (author)arkangel19752014-09-18

Speaking of sporks...

Pra_ga (author)2013-05-04

Awesome !!

wobbler (author)Pra_ga2013-05-05

Thanks! I'd almost fork-got about putting this on here.

Ice Trojan (author)2012-10-02

I tried it with a fork and a spoon. i,m going to give them to my parents for Christmas.

wobbler (author)Ice Trojan2012-10-02

I hope they enjoy them! I actually use my ifork as lot, I've put one in each of my rucksacs for when I go out and get an unplanned takeaway, so much better than a rubbish plastic fork.

chadeau (author)2011-12-12

Considering perforating the end of handle,dangling on a beadchain,with custom leather sleeve...allowing mid-meal interruptions w/o iFork hitting terra firma...

chadeau (author)chadeau2011-12-12 hanging from neck in proximity to mouth AND plate.

PhilN (author)2011-11-21

Looks fine already - what about cutting one tooth each on the left and the right side and / or shorting them all a bit to get it eaven smaller?

wobbler (author)PhilN2011-12-02

I prefer my teeth the length they are, cleverly designed to meet when I have my mouth closed.

jfailma (author)2011-12-01

damn...why didn't i think of this. And I would cut the four prongs a little shorter and round the edges of the outer prongs, just to make it a little bit safer.

wobbler (author)jfailma2011-12-02

I prefer to leave my prongs wild, but feel free to tame yours.

I did try shortening the tines, but I found the penetration power and shovel factor of virgin tines, all the better for decimating my local chippy's chips and mushy peas.

kool1zero (author)2011-11-18

Gotts to love the matching set (red headed step child on the right) included

wobbler (author)kool1zero2011-11-20

Ah, I see you spotted my iRebel design!

computer_guy (author)2011-10-09

-start comment-
anyway, my joke is over.
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ya forks are not holy

wobbler (author)piperstarwixom2011-11-08

Tell that to St. iForkcis of Assisi, the patron saint of iCutlery and St Hyginus, the Patron Saint of non-finger eating and the 9th Pope. I was rather upset that the 46th pope, St Hilarius wouldn't sponsor my design, but you can win over every saint to iCutlery. Apparently he was too busy laughing.

lemonie (author)computer_guy2011-10-09



wobbler (author)lemonie2011-10-11

Que ever!

ttaylor10 (author)2011-10-17

Grind one edge of the times section and it will cut your fish easier. :)

wobbler (author)ttaylor102011-11-07

But that would take the iFork into a whole new unexplored world of iCutlery, a combinatione of forks and knives. We'd have to call them something completely different so people would realise they are not the same and not get confused. How about iFives?

Give me an iFive!

ttaylor10 (author)wobbler2011-11-07


Uncle Kudzu (author)2011-10-10

Nice, and no doubt cheaper than my titanium spork. Well done!

And speaking of sporks, why not start with a spoon and cut some tines into it? And yes, definitely drill a hole in the handle for lighter weight and for portability options.

wobbler (author)Uncle Kudzu2011-10-11

A spoon with tines in it? We could call it iTines. I'm just off now to buy some tines to make one.

lance_r (author)wobbler2011-10-25

I was thinking if it was tines and spoons it would be called iToons, no?

wobbler (author)lance_r2011-10-25

Just when I thought there were no more puns possible!

Uncle Kudzu (author)wobbler2011-10-11

iTines! It's marketing genius! Good luck attaching those tines.

ttaylor10 (author)2011-10-17

I love it when Instructables are both cool and funny!

the_mad_monkey (author)2011-10-11

" have probably discarded the wrong end..."

Awesome! LOL

tankdo (author)the_mad_monkey2011-10-16

too late for me :(

(Ramen) (author)2011-10-11

Wooden fork..? Am I missing something?

wobbler (author)(Ramen)2011-10-11

A wooden fork is the traditional free fork from chippies in the UK. See here for an example

Someone obviously didn't like trees and thought of a way to recycle them as rubbish.

PS No, you're not missing anything except chips on the floor and greasy fingers.

(Ramen) (author)wobbler2011-10-11

And chips are pretty much the American's 'French fries' right?

wobbler (author)(Ramen)2011-10-12

No, American French Fries are pretty much English chips. I think your chips are our crisps. You'd have to be mad to use an iFork to eat crisps.

(Ramen) (author)wobbler2011-10-12

If your crisps are pretty much thin sliced pieces of potatoes that are usually fried, then yes.

dimdiode (author)2011-10-10

If t'were me, I'd also lop off all except about 1.5 cm of the tines. I would recommend though, if you do that, you retain the 1.5 cm attached to the handle. Then round and smooth each one. It just makes the iFork a little more compact, but I don't think it makes the fork any less useable. You could have quite a nasty accident carrying one of these around in your pocket, with the long tines just aching to pierce your soft parts.

Actually, joking aside - the boys in blue will probably be feeling your collar if you carry one of these around, and for goodness sake, don't try getting on a transatlantic jet with one - you'll be banged up faster than a rat up a drainpipe.

wobbler (author)dimdiode2011-10-10

I like the idea! I'll try it and report back! ;o)

wobbler (author)wobbler2011-10-12

Sorry, dimdiode, I tried it, but I didn't like it. I found it difficult to get the tines the right shape. I'm just a long tines man I suspect. So maybe this is iFork evolution in action? There are now two iForks, one with long tines and one with short tines. Which will survive or will they fit two niches and coexist? And they can both be traced back to an earlier ancestor, the fork. I can feel a paper coming on. I'll co-author it with you or at least mention you in a quiet whisper when I get my Nobel Prize for Cutlery.

dimdiode (author)wobbler2011-10-12

Hmmm, that's a pity, really, because I would have thought it might be more practical. But having looked at the tines, the outer pair do get somewhat wider as they near the connection pint with the handle, and I imagine, when shortened, they become too fat to be oof use.

But hey ho, this whole thing has been an interesting design study, in my view, and well done to you

escher7 (author)2011-10-11

I really love this site, but sometimes the projects are a little silly. Cutting the handle off a fork, or the guy who spay painted the key to copy it - these seem a little simplistic.

wobbler (author)escher72011-10-11

This is the work of a simple genius, trust me! ;o)

escher7 (author)wobbler2011-10-11

SIMPLE genius. That's the point exactly.

wobbler (author)escher72011-10-12

Simple genius! That's the tine exactly.

escher7 (author)wobbler2011-10-12

I think we've worked this one to death. Take care.

MissouriVillian (author)escher72011-10-11

The next time you eat a coney in the car you'll wish you had one, and be happy you know how to make it.

escher7 (author)MissouriVillian2011-10-11

OK! First I had to look up tine. Now I have to look up coney. The thing is, a coney is a rabbit. I don't usually eat rabbits in the car. In fact unless I am lost in the bush, I don't eat rabbits at all!

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