It' been a while since I've been in the forums, and I like this question.
I just started a new character, because I haven't played the game since 2016!
For fun this time, I tried something I've never done on any of my previous plays..... I used a rake as a weapon to kill the rats in the basement!
It's not a big deal, but I thought it was a fun solution to not decrease the durability of my real (found) weapons that I'll need for orcs and skeletons.