This grilling fork from OXO is made from polished stainless steel, with a large black plastic handle. It has two prongs and a hanging loop, which is built in to the handle. The whole thing is 13” long. The end of the handle nearest the shaft has several fins, which are designed to improve the users grip on the grill fork.

This isn’t the longest one, so if that’s what you’re looking for this one isn’t going to suit. When I first saw this, I thought it looked dated and a bit basic, there’s no real elegance to the design at all. But when I used it that didn’t really matter. The chunky plastic grip fits great in the hand, it feels secure and solid, and the special fins help with the non-slip effect, even if your hands are covered in grease, or even when they’re wet.

The second thing that caught my eye with this barbecue fork were the points of the tines. They have a kind of barbed design, and they’re very sharp, so beware. Some modern forks have rounded tips, which I suppose makes them safer but defeats the point of their existence, if you’ll pardon the pun.  The points on this barbeque fork are the real McCoy. If you want to perforate the toughest of raw meats, you shouldn’t have a problem. This also means you can get the fork deep into cooked meats, so when carving, for instance, it will hold the meat steady.

It’s fully dishwasher safe, but if hand-washing please be careful around the tines.

If we combine the solid non-slip comfort grip with the sharp tines, what we have is a useful, usable grilling fork, ideal for handling all kinds of meat with confidence.  In the case of this OXO fork, function wins over form, it isn’t the prettiest tool in the shed, but it might be one of the sharpest.

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