by Ryan Jordan | 2005-08-24 03:00:00-06
Cow Canyon Flatware is different. Really.
The most obvious feature is that it's not the drab, bland, boring ole' knife-fork-spoon set you grew up with in Boy Scouts, picked up from the bargain bin at the dollar store, or stole from the picnic supplies in the camper.
Rather, Cow Canyon Flatware is actually ... aesthetically pleasing. Well, as aesthetically pleasing as flatware can be, I suppose: anodized aluminum colors, light weight (each piece is less than half an ounce), and the best part:
...pre-drilled holes in the handles of every piece!
These guys were thinking of us, apparently.
The knife is sharp enough to cut steak (or rehydrated soy chunks), but the 6000-series aluminum means the silverware fatigues and breaks if bent repeatedly ("why would you do that?"* they ask!). Cooler tech appeal could be generated by making the flatware out of 7000 series Al and *keep the folks that bend their spoons to fit into small cups happy. Also, the spoon bowl is shallow and doesn't hold a lot of soup (but does hold exactly one teaspoon for you chefs in the crowd). Finally, the cord used to keep the set together is, how do we say this gently: robust enough for shelf appeal, heavy enough for a rappel anchor (not really, but you get the drift). It's easily replaced with lighter Spectra cord.
"Cow Canyon Flatware SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/cow_canyon_flatware.html, 2005-08-24 03:00:00-06.