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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.
 
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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

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.
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Pra_ga1 year ago
Awesome !!
wobbler (author)  Pra_ga1 year ago
Thanks! I'd almost fork-got about putting this on here.
Ice Trojan1 year ago
I tried it with a fork and a spoon. i,m going to give them to my parents for Christmas.
wobbler (author)  Ice Trojan1 year ago
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.
chadeau2 years ago
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 chadeau2 years ago
...by hanging from neck in proximity to mouth AND plate.
PhilN2 years ago
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)  PhilN2 years ago
I prefer my teeth the length they are, cleverly designed to meet when I have my mouth closed.
jfailma2 years ago
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)  jfailma2 years ago
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.
kool1zero2 years ago
Gotts to love the matching set (red headed step child on the right) included
wobbler (author)  kool1zero2 years ago
Ah, I see you spotted my iRebel design!
-start comment-
LOOOOOOL YOU LEFT YOURS UNHOLY!
anyway, my joke is over.
-end comment-
ya forks are not holy
wobbler (author)  piperstarwixom2 years ago
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.
Que?

L
wobbler (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Que ever!
ttaylor102 years ago
Grind one edge of the times section and it will cut your fish easier. :)
wobbler (author)  ttaylor102 years ago
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!
Hahahah!!!
Uncle Kudzu2 years ago
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 Kudzu2 years ago
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 wobbler2 years ago
I was thinking if it was tines and spoons it would be called iToons, no?
wobbler (author)  lance_r2 years ago
Just when I thought there were no more puns possible!
iTines! It's marketing genius! Good luck attaching those tines.
ttaylor102 years ago
I love it when Instructables are both cool and funny!
"...you have probably discarded the wrong end..."

Awesome! LOL
too late for me :(
(Ramen)2 years ago
Wooden fork..? Am I missing something?
wobbler (author)  (Ramen)2 years ago
A wooden fork is the traditional free fork from chippies in the UK. See here for an example http://www.hsinmawh.com.tw/img_pro/s147.jpg

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) wobbler2 years ago
And chips are pretty much the American's 'French fries' right?
wobbler (author)  (Ramen)2 years ago
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) wobbler2 years ago
If your crisps are pretty much thin sliced pieces of potatoes that are usually fried, then yes.
dimdiode2 years ago
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)  dimdiode2 years ago
I like the idea! I'll try it and report back! ;o)
wobbler (author)  wobbler2 years ago
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.
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
escher72 years ago
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)  escher72 years ago
This is the work of a simple genius, trust me! ;o)
escher7 wobbler2 years ago
SIMPLE genius. That's the point exactly.
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