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« on: July 18, 2006, 11:57:46 AM »
When I ran a Girl Scout troop, we challenged the girls to find 101 uses of the bandana - handkerchief, tying hair back, coffee filter, tying legs together for the three-legged race, ditty bag, etc, etc, etc.

In beekeeping, I am finding that there a so many uses of the hive tool:

  Prying open the hive
  Scraping propolis off
  Scooping up a little honey and comb from a burr
  Smashing small hive beetles
  Lifting and separating frames
  Scraping dead bee bodies off when I smash them putting the hive back together
  Pushing fuel down into the smoker
  Separating the wedge from the frame for new foundation
 
What creative uses have you found for the hive tool?

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006, 12:28:10 PM »
I use this as hive tool


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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006, 03:30:17 PM »
Other than the standard beehive uses, I use mine for:

Opening paint cans
Scraping gums/resins off the edge of my smoker
prying nails
Scaping stings out of skin/gloves

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2006, 03:38:34 PM »
I have many knifes. Beekeeping hives are not sharp so I do not get wounds and hot break hives. Sharp knives I use in other jobs.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2006, 04:25:47 PM »
Gosh, Finsky, all those knives sound a little scary - this is why your bees behave so well around you..... :lol:

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006, 04:36:48 PM »
That knife is Swedish model and cheap.  Our national model is "Lappland Knife"  http://www.iisakkijarvenpaa.fi/prod03.htm. They are too expencive to beekeeping.

In Western Finland they use another model  http://www.iisakkijarvenpaa.fi/products.htm

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006, 04:40:19 PM »
I used mine to pry moulding and rotted subfloors

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006, 06:32:53 PM »
If I allow use of my bee tools for anything other than bee related projects, they tend to get "misplaced."  I hate spending twice as much time looking for the tool to do the job than the job itself takes.  Ahhhh . . . the joys of living with someone else!

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2006, 07:56:22 PM »
Oh yeah...opening leters.

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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2006, 11:12:59 PM »
At the local hardware store they are sold as paint scrapers.  I've also used them for scraping gaskets off of engines and putting screen and molding into screen doors.  they also work will for forcing the caulking between the boards on your boat (for those who have plank hulls).
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2006, 06:37:10 AM »
back scratcher

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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2006, 10:29:55 AM »
to get the stinger out of your skin

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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2006, 10:41:15 AM »
They do not work well as ninja stars or as swords for pirate fights. However, they do make an execellent object to missplace when you need to practice your skills at looking for something.... :wink:
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2006, 02:54:17 AM »
My kids have used them to shape playdough and as a ramp for hot wheel cars.  

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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2006, 10:26:15 AM »
I am with Mr Bray.  I used mine to scrape paint and loose masonite siding from the bottom portion that is starting to fall off in preparation to sell our house.

I also found it handy to tap nails back tight into frames that start loosening up, smashing ticks, cutting weeds in front of hive entrances.
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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2006, 12:43:42 PM »
I use my hive tool for a lot of things also but mostly stuff dealing with bee's, I bought a 9 in 1 painters tool and it works just as good and does not bend like a hive tool will....


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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2006, 02:19:43 PM »
TwT,

looks like a great hive tool.  I'm off to Home Depot to find one or two.

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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2006, 10:24:15 AM »
you will like it Archie, but remember the ones that are the best cost around $15 and you can use it for a whole variety of things....
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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2006, 12:12:35 PM »
i keep one in my tool drawer at home.  I find lots of uses.  I've even pulled nails with that silly little hole that I never could seem to use at the hive
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2006, 12:56:21 AM »
TWT, your hive tool bends?
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2006, 10:46:16 AM »
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TWT, your hive tool bends?



sure they do, and yours might also eventually, prying boxes apart, I sometimes will pry 2 supers off at the same time and it bends every know and then..... its not a big problem but it does happen......
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« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2006, 10:50:18 AM »
The one I got from Mann Lake is very thick. I actually tried to bend it a little to give it some curve and couldn't...
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2006, 11:22:02 AM »
The best hive tool, by far:

http://www.beeequipment.com/products.asp?pcode=591

My second favorite is an old light meat cleaver with the end sharpened. :)
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2006, 12:30:06 PM »
Punishing bad children.


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