I have been very disappointed of late by the flexible nature of hive tools. I have sampled all of the best known equipment suppliers. They all bend easily both direcvtions. I asked them to test them in a vise before sending them. Some do some don't
After a full day of pulling honey the tool is shot. If you know of a truely stout standard hive tool please let me know. Please identify this problem to your supplier and insist they improve. A hive tool is our sixth finger and a broken one of either is of little use!