Another article on kitchen tools. The Iowa Housewife: In the Kitchen...Scrapers, Spatulas and Turners My advice: Because flexible spatulas will wear out fairly quickly, stockpile enough to last a while. My estimate, based on experience, is that these have about a 2 year lifetime. YMMV, depending on whether you use them for cooking. In a post-event world, these will become valuable and suitable for barter (if you have enough of them). You will also need a plan on making your own kitchen tools. Carving them from wood or salvaged plastic stock are some options. Talking about METAL tools, they will last longer (years) but must be treated with respect to avoid rust. Stainless steel is better in this regard.