the rise of the covid19 hook tool

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by GIRLYmann, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    never had much use for the hook
    feature on the sak.
    but times have changed ...

    yeah, a disposable glove would be easier
    but that leaves more trash and impacts the environment big time already.

    besides, its a must to carry some form
    of hand sanitiser.
    so right now imo, these edc hooks are not
    high on my want list but its almost an edc fsshion statement of the times.
    waiting to see if victorinox would come up
    with a brass/copper alternative tool on their standard saks....
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  2. jazzz


    Feb 1, 2009
    Pointless. You still have to touch the tool.
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  3. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    The premise being that some metals can kill the virus on contact. (Not that I would trust that)

    Now if you could make me one in 80% U235 I could trust that to kill Covid! (But don't put it in your front pants pocket!):p:p:p
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  4. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Theres never a shortage of opportunistic marketeers for the gullible. :rolleyes:
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  5. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    its still early in the game but its possible
    that most could face being relegated
    to clearence novelty items within a year ... like those anodized alloy bottle cap lifters
    and countless cheap single piece mini
    prybar multitools.
    only captain hook has proven to have survived with such an appendage for the longest time .:)
  6. Enkrig


    Dec 17, 2015
    LOL. That's freaking hilarious and spot on.
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  7. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    The hoof cleaner tool on Victorinox Equestrian has potential.

    Copper and copper alloys brass and bronze kill bacteria and viruses with 2 to 4 hours contact but not on contact (instantaneously). Viruses take 4 hours.
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  8. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Gold, silver, copper, and brass all kill viruses and bacteria. This has been shown many times in scientific studies.
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  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Do what you feel is appropriate. Me, I wash my hands more often but do not carry any kind of sanitizer. If I am particularly concerned, I wear gloves. I view the sanitizer thing as cleaning off possible viruses from surfaces rather than thinking I'm killing them.
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  10. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    you're right.
    washing off with soap is ideal.
    depending the location,
    its not always possible to
    have that running water....
    also its better to avoid
    confined public washrooms.
    ventilation is everything.
    manual operated taps is dreadful
    proposition. sensor taps are great now!
    hence the alcohol based hand rubs.
    yeah, gloves are the way to go, i agree except for the mummified prune look after effect :)
    stay safe y'all!
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  11. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Alcohol based sanitizer kills the virus and bacteria. Washing hands with lots of soap and water for 20 seconds is best because you should be making sure you get into all the crevices and under your nails. Just surface washing is not worth much. I wear gloves and I wash or sanitize those as it is easier than cleaning hands. When I take off my gloves my hands are still clean when I get home.
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  12. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I was dealing with this issue before the latest pandemic, and so most likely were you. After washing my hands in a public washroom, I grab a paper towel to grab the door handle and let myself out. The world is moving on to electric hand dryers and paper towels are not as easy to find as they used to be. I carry a little pack of tissues, handier than latex gloves and more generally useful. But yes, I would use a hook/opener tool — just not for $25. If Victorinox put the hoof cleaner tool on a smaller SAK, I would consider carrying one. If SARS-CoV-2 becomes an annual event with annual vaccinations, Victorinox may do that.

    There is another tool no one has mentioned. Wenger once made a janitorial services SAK for Hygolet AG, a Swiss multinational that makes everything public toilet related. The janitor SAK had a special key to unlock public toilet paper dispensers. Do I need to explain how useful that could be today?
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  13. Hairy Clipper

    Hairy Clipper Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    Your mentioning electric blown air driers reminded me of a truck stop on I-35 that I was at a few years back. The velocity of the air is so fast the first time I used it I was expecting to need skin grafting as it could have peeled an orange if you held one under it too, long. Given all the Covid-19 concerns about being spread via people breathing or coughing I am amazes Gov. Walz here in Minnesota hasn't put child proof locks on this type hand drier state wide.
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  14. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Ultra high speed hand dryers can blow tear gas back out of a lavatory door.

    Strange but true, and you never can tell when you'll need to know things like this.
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  15. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    we're on the same page in one area of personal hygienic practise :)
    can't be too careful with public facilities.
    the sound of one flush gping off
    is enough to signal a quick exit..
    should the virus situation be particularly bad
    one might have to go so far as to adopt
    disposable adult diapers on long hauls :)
    that wenger thingy is new to me.
    thanks for highlighting its existence.
    learn something new everyday !
  16. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    Those Dyson dryers are awful. They require you to put your hands inside the device to use it. I'd rather wipe my hands on my pants than use one of those ridiculous things
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  17. Hairy Clipper

    Hairy Clipper Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    This good to know, however, as life's clock ticks by and I recognize that I am not as physically strong as i once was and find my balance diminishing I am keeping an eye peeled for any uprisings or riots. Given the wide open spaces of the southern Minnesota prairie with industrialized farming techniques being used these days I am more likely to need it if an anhydrous ammonia tank springs a leak upwind.
  18. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Just keep your fingers out of your nose eyes and mouth.
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  19. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    I made a thread about one of these virus hook tools on a different forum. Pretty much everyone felt they were a waste of time. I did, too, but wanted to hear others’ opinions. I don’t know if I would call all of them a scam, just things people thought up to fill a perceived need, like any other tool.

    The biggest problem is that copper (which the tool I had asked everyone about was made from) does not kill viruses on contact. You still have to touch the tool and put it back in your pocket. You would still have to wash the tool when you get home.

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  20. eugenechia1989


    May 15, 2017
    No thanks. I'll still have to sanitize the tool before putting it back in my pocket... or I'll have to sanitize both the tool and the pocket I keep it in.

    Besides, it's not like using this item is going to make much of a difference. If you commute by public transport, for example, you're going to pick up germs breathing common air shared with hundreds of people, and sitting in seats / holding the railings that lots of people with varying degrees of personal hygiene have sat / held before you.
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