The intelligently designed iFork line of flatware reinvents dining by keeping surface germs off your fork, knife, spoon & spork and also keeps food from touching your surfaces.
While dining outside one day, we saw our fork and knife lying flush on the table.
A bird came by and landed on the table. Initially, we were very pleased that a cute little bird had joined us.
However, we quickly realized that the table must be extremely dirty, and we did not want our utensils resting on it.
Table where bird landed
Now don't laugh ...
First iFork Design
This was the design done to explain how the iFork line of flatware would keep germs off of your fork, knife and spoon and food off of your surfaces. We took a hanger and bent it... imagining the top section as the part of the fork with the prongs and the bottom part, the handle... CLEARLY this would not work but we had to start somewhere.
Designing the final product took many days and many dirty tables where we would eat and wish we had an iFork to solve the problem.
Some problems would be as simple as reheating food in the microwave and having no place to sit our forks down while our plates were heating up. By now we all had become used to holding our forks in our hands for minutes, but we knew there was a better way. We forged on to solve this ever so simple problem of having to set our forks down without getting food residue from our forks onto the table or germs from the table onto our forks.
After many designs and "microwaving moments" the intelligently designed iFork line of flatware was created.
We also wanted to be able to create cool table settings and do something different... heck... maybe even stack our flatware in the order we should use each utensil when dining. We are not sure about you, but we always forget the order in which to use utensils when it comes to formal dining.
We are happy to say that we have solved these problems with the handcrafted, intelligently designed iFork line of flatware. The "i" in iFork represents that it is intelligently designed to keep the part that goes into your mouth from resting on surfaces.
iFork Stackable line of stainless steel flatware
iFork nesting into iSpoon
To be totally honest we were more than happy with our final product until that ONE person who hit us with "I really like the iFork design, but I am not too sure about the stackable hole." To not be outdone by this comment, we created an additional iFork product line with a slight design tweak... we simply replaced the "stackable hole" with an elegant ball. The result: same iFork, two product lines:
1.) Stackable and 2.) Stackless.
iFork Stackless ball design
iSpoon Stackless ball design
iFork Plastic line of disposables
Of course no line would be complete without having plastic disposables.
We discovered from Dr. Gerba that school cafeteria tables are one of the surfaces that harbor the most harmful germs. Armed with this information, we created a full line of plastic iFork disposables, including the iSpork to replace the sporks currently used in many school cafeterias.
Your Pledge ... The BIG Dream
As far back as we can remember, fork, knife, spoon, and spork designs have largely remained the same, not to mention BORING. We feel it is time for something different, unique, practical, fashionable, and even fun.
We feel people should have a CHOICE between using flatware that rests flush on surfaces or the iFork line that rises above these surfaces. Your pledge will help make this CHOICE a reality.
We don't want to get overly dramatic, but with your pledge you will truly be part of history. We could actually change the way the whole world eats. We know this may be just a dream... but hey, we are BIG dreamers over here.
Ideally, if we can get support from the community to make our campaign a HUGE success, then we can begin to also figure out a way to manufacture the stainless steel flatware here in the good ole United States of America.
CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO MANUFACTURERS OF STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE IN THE UNITED STATES.
This was hard for us to believe as well. According to a New York Times article the last U.S. manufacturer of stainless steel flatware went out of business in 2011.
So all of the stainless steel flatware you eat with today is manufactured overseas and not one fork was forged here in America.
For us, this is just a small step to hopefully change that. If we band together, we can create American-made products and employ hundreds, maybe thousands, but we honestly cannot do it without you.
The iFork line of flatware is a project that we have been working on for two years now and it is in the final stages of being fully ready to launch. All the molds and tooling are complete, all of the trademarks complete (iFork, iSpoon, iKnife, iSpork and even iChop) and many of the patents are filed including the iFork design patent that has been issued.
iFork Design Patent
We often say that you can have the greatest project in the world, but what good is it if no one knows about it?
While much of the work has been done here is where you come in.
We need funds to:
*Complete the iFork website
*Create a successful publicity and marketing campaign
*File for additional international patents
*Buy cable TV time for the iFork infomercial
Sample of iFork website homepage
SCARY FACTS LIVE UNDER THE FORK
This is the part that no one really wants to talk about, but that fact is that independent studies show that viruses like Influenza A (the flu) can survive on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Rhinoviruses (the cause of the common cold) can survive for up to 12 hours.
Why have your fork, knife or spoon touch surfaces if they do not have to?
Please check out the iFork brochure with quotes and facts from doctors.
Your Pledge will give the option of using flatware that sits flush on surfaces or the iFork that rises above surfaces.
Key target markets for the iFork line are;
School contracts, restaurants (think McDonald's for the plastic disposables and restaurants like Applebee's, Golden Corral, and the Cheesecake Factory for the stainless steel), hospital contracts, prison contracts, large consumer retailers (Target, Macy's, supermarkets, etc.) and of course direct to consumers through the iFork website, Amazon and other websites.
Thank you in advance for your support, your vision and for being part of our launch.
Just some of the rewards