Aside from scratching or lifting off wax, we have found another valuable use for uncapping forks - checking drone brood for Varroa destructor mites. Simply move the fork parallel to the comb and you can easily lift out the white drone larvae and see the mites.
The Deluxe Uncapping Fork is much better than a knife for hand uncapping. The tines are cut from a solid piece of stainless steel so there is nothing to break off. The solid, soft, washable rubber handle is molded all in one piece with the body of the fork. The most unique aspect of this tool is the built-in scraper on the side of the fork. No more scraping the top bar of a frame you're uncapping with a hive tool, then setting it down to pick up a fork to reach the corners. This one tool does it all!
If you use an uncapping fork as your sole tool for uncapping, by scratching all cappings open but not removing the cappings, the honey will be released during extraction, but you will have much less cappings to deal with later.