A spork was a hybrid form of an eating utensil often made of metal. It was comprised of a handle and consisted of a Spoon-like shallow scoop and at least three sharpened ends, similar to the tines of a Fork, on which food could be speared.
The utensil was used to lift food to the mouth or to hold ingredients in place while they were being cut. Food could be lifted either by spearing it on the tines, or by holding it on top of the tines. (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")