Chris Herbert created a kitchen utensil to make sure no peanut butter goes unscraped - Technical.ly Baltimore

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Jan. 4, 2018 4:12 pm

Chris Herbert created a kitchen utensil to make sure no peanut butter goes unscraped

The Canton maker is crowdfunding for PBspoon on Kickstarter.

PBspoon is ready to empty these jars.

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As a woodworker and furniture maker, Chris Herbert has a lot of experience with efficient design. He also loves peanut butter – extra chunky JIF, to be exact.

The Canton resident’s two passions found a happy medium in PBspoon.

The new utensil is designed to make sure every last bit of peanut butter is liberated from the jar, and efficiently spread on the chosen surface. Or, it’s also a good size to eat straight from the jar. Herbert is raising money to fund production on Kickstarter. As of Jan. 4, the project raised more than $7,000 with six days to go.

While camping out for the solar eclipse in North Carolina over the summer, he got the idea to create a new shape while whittling spoons.  Here’s how he describes the silicon-headed utensil on Kickstarter:

A cross between a spoon and a spatula, the PBspoon has a rounded face to function like a traditional spoon, but also a flat edge to scrape every ounce out of the peanut butter container. The tip of the spoon is pointed for getting into hard-to-reach ridges, and the back is angled for perfectly spreading peanut butter onto your bread of choice.

Herbert, who also owns Herb’s Furniture Co., had peanut butter on the mind when creating the utensil. That’s fitting considering he eats it with two-thirds of his meals. But he could see it being used for any spread that’s tough to get out of a jar.

Herbert works out of a studio at Crown Industrial Park, and used to teach woodworking at the Foundery makerspace in Port Covington. He said the Foundery’s Corey Fleischer provided lots of advice about crowdfunding, and he used 3D printers there to test prototypes.

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After finishing the prototype and obtaining patent pending status. Herbert is ready for manufacturing. If the Kickstarter is funded, it will allow for completion of the initial run of PBspoons in about five months.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/herb/pbspoon-the-perfect-peanut-butter-spoon?ref=cesjon

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