Uncapping method with stationary blade
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    Default Uncapping method with stationary blade

    I have seen some upcapping videos where the operator take a frame, lays it at a 45 deg angle on an edge and pushes it across the edge to upcap it. They then flip the frame and do it again. What would this be called? Do they work well?

    Anthony

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    Default Re: Uncapping method with stationary blade

    Good question - anything to make the job easier
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    Here is a video that show what is am talking about. What is he using? Is it just a square edge?

    https://youtu.be/TCKfVUNGd6Y

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    Default Re: Uncapping method with stationary blade

    there is either steam or an electric element to that piece of steel he is using, you can see the wax and honey running off of it.

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    It is the one in the video. I like the simplicity of it or apparent simplicity. The link right above I have seen. That one is steam heated for sure. Do you think a heated blade is needed of just a sharp knive? This guy seems to have made one from wood and a blade.

    https://youtu.be/UGWQa862xdQ

    Anthony

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    Default Re: Uncapping method with stationary blade

    anybody ever try using a stainless steel piano or guitar wire stretched tight?
    Terrence

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    The video in post #6 is not a standard Hoffman frame. Not that it wouldn't work, but it would be angled different and may not uncap it all.

    I've considered these and decided I'd rather not deal with much wax at the moment. So, I only use a cold knife when necessary and use a roller punch for most of it. I'm seriously considering the Simple Harmony uncapper when the volume increases.

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    Wow - sharp eye

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