Folditflat Unitensil 3-in-1 reusable and foldable eating utensil review


If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you have some food, but no spoon, fork, or knife to help you eat it, you might want to consider adding the Unitensil from Folditflat to your arsenal of EDC tools.

What is it?

The Folditflat Unitensil is a 3-in-1 reusable and foldable eating utensil that has a spoon, fork and a knife all in one piece of cutlery.

Design and features

The Unitensil (I don’t even want to try to say that three times fast), is a lightweight alternative to the spork. It offers the same features as a spork, with a spoon, fork, and knife, but it folds up into a handy flat package that can be easily carried in a pocket or gear bag.

The Unitensil is made of food grade polypropylene which is BPA phthalate and lead-free. It’s also recyclable (#5) and dishwasher safe.

Using the Unitensel

To use the Unitensil, you just remove it from the protective sleeve, unfold it, and snap the center together. The snap closure is very strong and will not unsnap on its own.

Once it’s snapped, all that’s left to do is eat!

I tested the Unitensil with a variety of foods like my morning steel cut oats that you see above.

This eating utensil worked fine as a spoon. It wasn’t as “comfortable” as using a regular spoon due to the way you have to hold it, but that wasn’t a big deal.

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Sometimes the oatmeal would get wedged in the slot near the snap, which was a little hard to dislodge without some tongue contortions.

I also tested the Unitensil as a fork with a pasta, broccoli and chicken dish. The fork worked fine at spearing the soft noodles and broccoli. I had a little trouble with the chicken though, especially cutting larger pieces using the serrated edge of the fork because it’s really awkward to try to cut a piece of meat with just a knife when nothing is holding the meat.

I realized immediately that the Unitensil is for right handed people. I’m left handed. When I went to try to cut a piece of chicken, The serrated edge of the knife was along the top edge of the fork instead of the bottom edge. So I had to switch to holding the Unitensil in my right hand which made cutting even more awkward.

I also tested the Unitensil’s spoon eating soup. It worked fine with thick soups, but for thin soups, the broth could travel backward down the handle under the snap to the other end of the utensil when I  would lift the soup to my mouth if I wasn’t careful.

Final thoughts

I think the Folditflat Unitensil works pretty well as a travel spoon and fork. Is it perfect? Nope. But you’re not going to care if you’re hungry and need a tool to get food in your belly. And although I’d probably prefer using a spork, the Unitensil is lighter weight and smaller than a spork, so it’s a slightly easier to add to your EDC. I’ve added the Unitensil to my EDC for my next oops-I-need-a-spoon moment.

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Source: The sample for this review was provided by Folditflat. Please visit their site for more info.

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Product Information

Price:$21 for a package of 6 which includes shipping
Manufacturer:Folditflat
Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Small enough for a pocket or bag
  • Easy to use
Cons:
  • Not great for thin soups
  • Not optimal for lefties when using the knife
4 comments… add one
  • BettyW March 20, 2017, 10:11 am

    I see that they give you six, and it looks rather thin. Did you use it enough to get a sense of how quickly it might wear out, or snap when used to cut something dense? It’s great that it’s recyclable, but I’m guessing they don’t really expect it to survive multiple uses.

    • Julie Strietelmeier March 20, 2017, 10:26 am

      There’s no way it’s going to snap. It’s made of flexible plastic. I think it will last for a long time if it’s not your primary eating utensil.

  • Joe six-pack March 20, 2017, 4:29 pm

    A lexan lite my fire spork is still cheaper and stronger and one from KFC is FREE.

    You posted this thing 17 days ago here:
    http://the-gadgeteer.com/2017/03/03/unitensil-is-an-all-in-one-fork-knife-and-spoon-that-folds-flat-and-weighs-less-than-a-nickle/

    With 4 doubtful comments (including 1 by Julie).
    Then a week went by and the post was flooded with 7 glowing, five-star-type bull crap reviews you see on amazon, including a really windy response from the manufacturer (posting as ‘TSS’) who seems to be doing damage control.

    • Julie Strietelmeier March 20, 2017, 4:40 pm

      KFC has a free spork?

      I agree that some of those comments felt like they were shills for the company. So I contacted them about it and told them that if I see more comments one right after the other from the same area that I would delete them. The comments stopped at that point until another comment popped up a few days later. But since I could not prove that they weren’t from real people, I did not delete them.

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