This is a new design on an old idea--our wooden version. Grab your hot oven rack with the hook and pull it out to check "to see if it's done", then push the hot rack back in with the notched end. Keep it handy by your oven and it will save looking for a pot holder or getting a nasty burn. Each utensil is handmade individually, so no two are exactly alike. Overall length is approx. 11". Treated with my Magic Spoon Potion (blend of beeswax and mineral oil). Please hand wash.