British retailer Fortnum & Mason has introduced a new version of the “spork” – a piece of cutlery that combines the knife, fork and spoon into one item created by Consultancy Map. The Tritensel was inspired by a spork design originally sold by the F&M to army officers in the World War I. The new product has been designed for use with to go and picnic items. The Tritensil features the head of a fork, a spoon and a knife for cutting and spreading.
A major challenge was to develop a piece that could be used by both left- and right-handed people. So a separate left- and right-handed version was created to overcome the “inherent compromise” of a single piece. Fork tines are rounded and the “knife” edge is made from a series of small indents into the body of the spork.