Unfortunately, it only seems to be a concept at this point. I hope the designers of this product, DesignWright, are listening because I would totally buy this knife/fork/chopstick combo if it were real.
According to Dornob, these transformer utensils are molded rubber with nylon grips and when combined to become chopsticks, they actually provide a spring action to eradicate any chopstick handling issues that those less dexterous of you may have.
(I can’t say that I relate, I’m a chopstick ninja.)
In addition to eliminating our dependency on plastic utensils, this hybrid utensil would also address what I call the disposable chopstick dilemma, in which the manufacturing of a mind-boggling number of disposable chopsticks is actually beginning to threaten various forests in China…but also employs hundreds of thousands of people.
At any rate, this clever utensil design remains little more than an awesome concept. Until it is realized, the be-all, end-all reusable and portable utensil of choice is most definitely the Australian splayd.
Check out my friend Starre Vartan explaining to me exactly what a splayd is and why everyone should have one in the video below.
What’s your favorite way to reduce the need for throw-away plasticware?