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I use these for a weeding tool, particularly on things like dollar weed, which has an extensive series of spaghetti-like roots. I simply sink the hook into the soil near the weed and slowly and carefully draw it along, snagging the root (or in some cases, underground stems), then pulling it to the surface. I carefully run the hook down the length of the roots/underground stem to unearth it, making it possible to get all (or most) of a big clump of running weeds. Easy peasy.
Very useful tool if you're going to be handling any large cuts of meat, or breaking down a carcasses.
They're very sharp and seem to be relatively durable. They're extremely utilitarian in nature. They're not designed or intended to be pretty. Lots of mold flashing still visible, but not enough to harm function or make them that uncomfortable to use. I wouldn't want to use these all day every day, as the grips seem like they're not really going to be comfortable for hours and hours of use. But for the weekend warrior, they're fine. The grips are slip resistant, and the hooks are very sharp.
I don't have an autoclave, but they appear to be autoclavable.
Why would a vegetarian buy meathooks, you might ask? I'm glad you asked! We just got 900 sq ft of hardwood flooring - solid hickory - delivered, for a nice little DIY floor-redoing project, and moving the EXTREMELY HEAVY (60-70 pounds) bundles of wood is murder on your hands. Lots of pinched skin, smashed fingers, you name it. The bundles are wrapped with this tough plastic/fiberglass tape stuff to hold them together. And it’s super easy to slide the hook under the tape and then just lift. You have to kind of walk carefully so if the tape breaks, the wood won't land on your feet (so far, no broken tape). It's a game changer. Don't know what I'm going to do with the hooks when we are done, but ... I'll figure something out.
These are sturdy enough so far. They are not as sharp as all the warnings indicate, but they'll work and I can sharpen them up later. I use them for quartering wild hogs and have had no issue holding the hind quarters with these.
They look good and solid and sharp. I haven't used them yet I don't do a lot of heavy butchering but I've got arthritis in my fingers and I thought this might be a good way of moving Boston butt pork roast and racks of ribs they tend to slip out of my fingers.
We have been butchering our own pigs this year, and needed something to easily move larger primal cuts from the hanger to the cutting table. The were comfortable to use, and very affordable. I wish we had a pair earlier in the year. I plan to use these for moving large cuts of meat on the grill when I BBQ also.