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Description: Introducing the Semi-Horned Oblong Versatile Eating Ladle, or as we like to call it, the S.H.O.V.E.L. This is not your run-of-the-mill spork (foon), ladies and gentlemen! It also has a serrated knife, a bottle cap opener, and six feet of red paracord to wrap around its sturdy titanium body. Here's the best part: it's open-sourced. (No, we aren't joking.)

We want to show the world that OSHW is not just circuits and PCBs. The idea of open source can be applied to just about any product . This S.H.O.V.E.L. is intended as more of a figurehead example of open-sourcing EVERYTHING. In the end, we hope that open-sourcing doesn't stop with circuits, let alone a spork. The sky is the limit with OSHW. Think you can design a better S.H.O.V.E.L.? Go for it! Download the files below and make your own. "No patents pending."

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  • This is perhaps the coolest application of OSHW ever. I had never thought of Open Source this way (applied to “simple” products) before, but indeed, the sky’s your oyster.

    Edit: Sure the “good luck concentrator” isn’t just a “minor skin ablation device”?

  • For a new revision you should add a 6 inch (or so) ruler engraved on the shaft :) but i love the product its very cool!

  • Ummm.. You COULD put a real can opener on the end instead of your logo. That would also work as a bottle opener, and you could still make the rounded edge of the can opener a serrated knife. This is cool, but having it be a can opener too would be far cooler.

    • This would be a great idea! Would be perfect for camping or a survival kit for opening those old school cans that have none of them fancy pull-tab thingies.

  • Should be called the “sparkFoon”.

    • Or perhaps SporkFun?

    • Trust me, there was a very long discussion on what to call it and “sparkfoon” was tossed around quite a bit. We Just love our acronyms! Remember: Self-Contained Off-road Robotic Potato Inertial Opponent Neutralizer? Fart Loudening Armpit Triggered Utilization Systemizer? Great idea though! :D

    • It’s open-source, you can call it what ever you want. :)

    • There’s no reason it can’t be both. I for one will endeavor to think of this as the sparkFoon, because thats just an awesome name.

  • YEA! I have a S.H.O.V.E.L. ! And just in time too! I see they are now Out of Stock. Well I’m glad I got one, its a nice bit o'work. Now to dream up a few more ideas for it besides the ones in the video. But just remember… shovel

    :)

  • OK i got a few days ago. It works great for MREs, the spork side is larger than the mre spoon and is at the right angle for scooping out of the pouch, the serrated part works ok for opening the pouches (about as good as a butter knife) i find the logo part works better, haven’t tried the bottle opener yet (need to get downrange for that), the hole for the para-cord could be bigger (say ¼ inch instead of 1/8 in) i would give 4.5 flames out of 5. The rest of the guys in my squad want one. Please think of the troops and send some of these in a care package!!!

    • Thanks for the great field testing report! We’ll see what we can do about getting a care package together :)

  • Why is this out of stock? PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY!!11

  • And just when I thought you guys couldn’t go any more Open Source…

  • I wonder what the TSA would think about this.

  • A bottle opener is useful, but a can opener is -more- useful… Especially if the can opener can also open bottles.

    I mean, if you’ve got a can of beans, and a spork to eat them with, that’s a pretty good meal right there… Once you get the can open…

    I don’t know how well a can opener would mesh with the logo shape, though. Usually they got a point on the end to punch through the can’s lid.

    • As my boss says ………………. beer is bread, but bread is not beer !

    • You know, it’s made of titanium so you can pretty much poke holes in most any metal. I experimented with a can of coconut milk. I used the GLC to grip the edge of the can and cut into the rim of the lid with the serrated edge. From my experience I would say it out-performs the average hunting knife for this purpose. I would challenge someone to open a can using just the foon. Something tells me it could be done.

    • Yes! A can opener would make it perfect!

  • I am open-sourcing everything now!

  • You should add “bad word generator” as one of the features. At least until you get the @$#!? para cord fed into that way too small hole.

  • “Basic functions include: fork, spoon, butter knife, bottle opener, and survival rope. Advanced functions must be unlocked through training and discipline.” Probably the best Datasheet ever.

  • I am using Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor to edit the .stp file and there are not any surfaces that I can make a 2d sketch on or put a plane parallel to surface through point.

    How on Middle-Earth did you manage to design this Orc, I mean spork

  • How about giving a sparkfun logo shaped rubber cap for the edgy ends ? will be useful and safe..

  • I would love to see more done with the handle seems like a waste maybe a fish scaler on one side and ruler on the other side? Also any idea when you will get more in?

  • I love how in the datasheet “eating food” is the 7th item in the list of “Can be used for:” right behind cutting down trees.

  • Photo contest needed! You using your S.H.O.V.E.L out in the wild. Remember, is more than just a tool for loading fuel into your system.

  • Does anyone know a UK or EU distributor that already ships those? I’m going on a camping trip in July, would be perfect…

  • great that it’s OSHW, but any suggestions how to actually get some made (that don’t cost more than a B2 bomber toilet seat)? else the openness is rather moot.

  • Hey so I was wondering how you fine fellows are making these. It looks like it was done on a punch press, but does SparkFun have such a thing in house?

  • C'mon guys, fess up - the “Good Luck Concentrator” was a can opener that didn’t work, right?

    • It’s actually the left side of the SparkFun flame logo. Try squinting and tilting your head to the left to see it!

  • What exactly does a “Wrap para chord” sound like?

    • Dfpfpfpff Dfpfpfpfpff Dfpfppff tink tink….Dfpfpfpff Dfpfpfpfpff Dfpfppff tink tink….Dfpfpfpff Dfpfpfpfpff Dfpfppff tink tink….

    • If it occurs at the end of a phrase then it’s a cadence, otherwise it’s just part of the progression. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_are_pairs_of_chords_not_cadences

    • Yea yea. Ima change it when I get around to it.

  • The world needs a knork.

  • I already have a titanium spork. But it doesn’t have knife, bottle opener, or para cord! :-)

  • In case you want to create your own using custom materials: http://bit.ly/18eyEww

    • Stay here if you want Titanium though. They are asking 766.76 US Dollars for one, we can beat that price! :)

  • Another fine product from the folks at SporkFun…

  • Yaay! Stock Arrival Notification in my inbox!!

  • Just in time for ARRL Field Day! I love the taste of cold baked beans for breakfast. Kayakers will love this product too.

  • Put a hole near where it says shovel so I can put in on a carabiner or tie a string to it. Actually, I think just a hole for some line would do, that would be a smaller hole than necessary for a ‘biner, and then use the string to attach to the 'biner.

    • Er… It -does- have a hole near the word SHOVEL. I give you points for accurate precognition though!

      • That hole is to anchor the paracord. Otherwise it will just unravel. I would prefer not making a choice between paracord, or tie off string. I would like both !

  • I think it is really cool how this incorporates the SparkFun logo. However, it is probably a bit dangerous to just throw this in your backpack. Could use a case.

  • Open IGS in FreeCAD -> select SHOVEL -> File -> Eport -> shovel_v1.stl -> open in Repetier Host -> Rotate X-axis 85 -> Rotate Z-axis 45 -> Slice -> Run/Print

    wait…

    3D printed SHOVEL(that isn’t really food safe).

  • soooooooooo AMAZING!!!! It’s one of those things that you don’t think you need until you see it, buy it, and realize how much time you’ve waisted without it


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