A spife is a utensil that combines the functions of a spoon and a knife. It's basically a hybrid with a spoon's bowl on one end and a knife blade on the other.

Here's a breakdown of the spife:

  • Origin: The word "spife" is a portmanteau, combining "spoon" and "knife."
  • History: The spife concept has been around for a while, but it gained popularity when Zespri, a New Zealand kiwifruit marketer, created a spife specifically designed for cutting and eating kiwifruit. They even developed a more eco-friendly version called the "biospife" made from bioplastic materials.
  • Use: Spifes can be used for a variety of purposes beyond kiwifruit. They can be handy for cutting and eating soft foods like yogurt parfaits or fruit salads.
  • Comparison to Spork: While both spifes and sporks combine spoon and knife functionalities, there's a key difference. Sporks typically have a combination of a spoon bowl and tines, whereas spifes have a knife blade instead of tines.

So, the next time you encounter a spife, you'll know it's a handy little tool for tackling your favorite combo of scooping and cutting tasks!