Review: Full Windsor Muncher, an Outdoor Spork
Tony Sculimbrene 09.26.17
Good lord, a review of an “outdoor spork”? Really? Yep, really. I am, like you, burned out on all of the twee “outdoor tools” and one-piece multitools out there. Kickstarter, where the Muncher got started, is inundated with a bazillion of these things, in part because they are generally easy to make and in part because they are as trendy as fidget spinners. As someone who reviews gear and is somehow on the Kickstarter press packet circuit (I got a review request for a robot that babysits your pets, no joke), I get so many requests I just have to skim them. Every once in a while one of these requests catches my eye, and the Muncher was one. I reached out to the makers and they sent me a review sample. Unlike the vast majority of these products, the Muncher isn’t so much a trinket as it is a real and functional tool. This is the best outdoor cutlery I have used, and I have used more than my fair share.
It just so happens that I find any food, including mundane dishes, better when cooked on a campfire. This gave me a bunch of chances to test the Muncher, including its stabby end and its scoopy end. Both were useful and both did exactly as Full Windsor claimed they would. I also used the firesteel to aid in starting a fire. It’s not the best firesteel I have ever used, but it is functional. The can opener does work but it really butchers its target. The bottle opener and peeler are both excellent.
The two main implements–the spork and the knife–are very good in shape.
The entire package here is very well done. The titanium in the spoon portion of the spork is highly polished. The serrated edge is cleanly cut and actually quite functional. Over and over again, each feature of the Muncher is well done. The sheath is especially useful, with a nice sturdy material, good seams, and a nice tight fit for the firesteel. Which brings me to the firesteel; it’s decent. It’s not the inert piece of chalk that came with the Schrade SCH36, but it is not as good as my standalone Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel. It sparks, but it does not produce the shower that the LMF releases.
In the end, the Muncher stands out above the crowd of one-piece multitools. In fact, it stands far above the rest of them. It’s very good as a spoon as well as a spork. It’s decent as a knife and a screwdriver. If you go down the list, nothing is terrible, with only the firesteel being noticeably below-average compared to a standalone option. But then again, that’s the tradeoff inherent of all multitools–you get many features, but all are a bit compromised. Here, there is not too much compromise. Furthermore, the tool selection seems logical. The Muncher is intended for use around a campfire and almost every feature works in that setting. The screwdriver is probably the least useful, and given its design footprint, that’s not a big deal.
The Kickstarter campaign is over, but it’s worth it to wait around for the retail release of the Muncher. It is light, useful, and well-made. The only real ding is the firesteel, and you can swap that out pretty easily. My fake ding is with the KS video for the Muncher. In it, a person demos the firesteel and with one swipe lights a pile of tinder into a glorious glowing flame. As a lifelong user of firesteels, and as a recent user of this particular firesteel, that is as much a work of fiction as it would be to perform heart surgery with this thing as your scalpel. Firesteels NEVER work like that despite our best preparation and hopes.