Designed for mashing hook barbs and also for removing hooks from fish. It will grasp hooks as large as #2/0, and will mash barbs on hook sizes #2 - #20. The short stiff limbs and short smooth jaws give a powerful controlled bite to mash barbs flat, but seldom breaks hook points. Stainless steel construction assures durability and large finger loops add comfort. Compact design stores easily in a vest or on a work bench.