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    Default Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Hey all, so my contract product design position just ended (ie, now unemployed) and I need to keep busy. I wanted to start a person project and look at redesigning the hive tool / some thing for storing it. I'm in my first season and wanted to turn to all of you for feedback on your likes / dislikes of what is currently on the market.

    I'd like to start a dialogue about how members of beesource use their hive tools, more specifically:

    -Do you use a hive tool? If so, what type?

    -What hand do you use the tool(s) in?

    -For what functions / how do you use the tool(s)?

    -What are the pros / cons of the hive tool(s) you have?

    -What features would you want to see in the "ultimate hive tool"?

    -Where do you put the hive tool when when inspecting a hive and it's not in your hand?

    -Anything else I should know??



    It'd be great to hear from:

    -New Beeks
    -Seasoned Hobbyists
    -Sideliners
    -Commercial Keepers



    Thanks in advance; I created another thread about veils and you guys/gals were great in responding. Just as an update, I've since prototyped a few and been testing my homemade veil with my bees and so far love it/need to continue tweaking it. http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ils-Black-Mesh

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    You would basically need to combine a hive tool with a frame lifter/scraper and an EZ pry hive tool.

    Maybe you could combine it with a brush while you're at it.

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    @WLC-

    Could you expand on your thoughts for a brush? What would be the benefit of that? Very interested.

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    I like the Australian J curve hive tool. Yes, I am Australian but I do like it. IT WORKS. Made from good steel and not thick (some are). Great for breaking boxes, scraping the tops of frames, levering up the frames

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Someone, Kent Williams, beat you to it: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...iams-Hive-Tool

    Tom

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    sweetas, I like the J-curve tool as well and forged one a while back. mine is a touch too thick, but manageable. How do you get around inserting the flat end between boxes? with the J on the opposite side, i have a hard time forcing it between boxes and a solid tap from my palm does little but hurt my hand. I think this is due to by thickness. Would you mind sharing the thickness of yours?

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Kpeacock, glad to share. Mine is 2 mm or 1/16 of an inch thick. It also has a bit of spring in it. My brother gave me one that he had years ago, it may be twice as thick and no spring. It seems to fit at the corners and manage a bit of leverage.

    Cheers Geoff,

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by KPeacock View Post
    sweetas, I like the J-curve tool as well and forged one a while back. mine is a touch too thick, but manageable. How do you get around inserting the flat end between boxes? with the J on the opposite side, i have a hard time forcing it between boxes and a solid tap from my palm does little but hurt my hand. I think this is due to by thickness. Would you mind sharing the thickness of yours?
    @sweetas- and @KPeacock-
    For a J-curve tool are you simply referring to this style? http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...ductinfo/495C/

    Does anyone use a holster like in the image shown?


    Quote Originally Posted by TWall View Post
    Someone, Kent Williams, beat you to it: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...iams-Hive-Tool

    Tom
    @TWall-

    Thanks for the link! I still think there might be room for improvement but I appreciate the link!

    I noticed in that thread, someone mentioned the price being a bit high at $18.00

    How does a price near $20 make you feel? Or has the bee keeping community come to expect the hive tools to be inexpensive?

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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by KPeacock View Post
    sweetas, I like the J-curve tool as well and forged one a while back. mine is a touch too thick, but manageable. How do you get around inserting the flat end between boxes? with the J on the opposite side, i have a hard time forcing it between boxes and a solid tap from my palm does little but hurt my hand.
    Look at the one from Kelly's, called the Kent Williams Hive Tool. It has the J hook AND the all the features of a typical hive tool. It is the one I use all the time.......
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    Default Re: Hive Tool - Use / Storage

    I use one that has a frame holder on it. Make a frame holder that can stay closed (hold on to the frame) without constant hand pressure and I'll buy 5...
    Something with a lever or push button release. And of course a small pry bar off one end.

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