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How do I shorten my spoon and toothbrush?
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G Sticks

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
How do I shorten my spoon and toothbrush? on 03/04/2013 06:04:00 MST Print View

I tried searching for this but I couldn't find much...simply put, how do I shorten my plastic REI spoon and my toothbrush? I'm familiar with melting the ends of trimmed straps but I feel like doing this to these bigger plastic things could be a bit messier (ie melting plastic onto my skin, etc.), and sawing would leave them with jagged edges.

Edited by VoiceOfSticks on 03/04/2013 06:08:20 MST.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: How do I shorten my spoon and toothbrush? on 03/04/2013 06:12:54 MST Print View

You don't have to. I bougt a Sea to Summit short spoon. I use a travel toothbrush.

You don't have to cut the margins off your maps either.

Sandpaper if you absolutely must.

Tipi Walter
(TipiWalter) - F
Removing Teeth on 03/04/2013 06:29:24 MST Print View

A whole set of adult teeth come in at many many grams and so if they are pulled you'll end up with a lighter load plus you won't even need a toothbrush.

Mike V
(deadbox) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
"How do I shorten my spoon and toothbrush?" on 03/04/2013 06:41:57 MST Print View

Cut the excess length off with a pair of side cutters or shears and sand edges down with a grinder/dremel/sandpaper.

G Sticks

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
um... on 03/04/2013 06:42:08 MST Print View

the idea of buying a Sea to Summit spoon is good but this spoon was cheap and it works well, so I'd just as soon keep using it. I just want there to be less of it so that I can fit it in my pot...

Edit: sandpaper! thanks!

Edited by VoiceOfSticks on 03/04/2013 06:42:41 MST.

Stephen Adams
(stevemkedcom) - MLife

Locale: Northwest
Soorush on 03/04/2013 07:16:39 MST Print View


G Sticks

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
wat? on 03/04/2013 07:27:07 MST Print View

hahaha. as I am still using my old standby heavy synthetic sleeping bag I can honestly say that I'm not at THAT point yet in my ultralight journey.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 07:36:28 MST Print View

I cut the end off my Sea to Summit spoon with hacksaw, then filed it smooth

Not to save weight, but to fit in my pot

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 07:41:15 MST Print View

MSR has a folding spoon. A few grams heavier than a ti spoon, but when folded, it fits in my pot, and when unfolded, it's decently long.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 08:48:31 MST Print View

Actually, I just bought the MSR folding spoon to replace my SP spork and its 4 grams lighter plus its a couple inches longer when unfolded.

I shortened a couple of toothbrushes in my early days and a hacksaw worked fine.


Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
dremel on 03/04/2013 11:13:24 MST Print View

Maybe a bit more than you want to invest at the moment, but I'm a big fan of the Dremel rotary tool. Cut and Sand with one tool. Plus numerous other uses. I got my first one 10 years ago and it's come in handy in many situations, both backpacking and unrelated. It's perfect for cutting down almost anything, from toothbrushes to pot handles. If interested, get a corded one, as the rechargeable ones are generally junk unless you starting getting into the very expensive models.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 15:15:37 MST Print View

lol at cutting spoons and toothbrush to save grams when many ounces could be saved elsewhere

i love my long spoon for FBC and pb jars. i trimmed my toothbrush so it would fit in a ziplock sideways.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 15:21:24 MST Print View

"i trimmed my toothbrush so it would fit in a ziplock sideways."

I take my Sonicare electric toothbrush. 7 ounces including paste and floss. It fits sideways in a gallon ziploc.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Re: wat? on 03/04/2013 20:42:06 MST Print View

haha touche.. a sandwich sized bag. to go with my travel toothpaste. i have an electric one but don't like how it rattles my brain ;)

Stu Pendious
(Beeen) - MLife

Locale: California
Spoon as a tent stake. on 03/04/2013 21:29:46 MST Print View

Most the time, I just brush my teeth with my finger... so I'd say reckless use of a power saw is one way to shorten that.

As far as spoons, I go long to help avoid getting food on my hands. I justify the extra weight this adds by using my spoon as a tent stake.