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Comb pretty beat up after extracting - will it always be wavy/crazy after this?

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I don't have a heated uncapping knife (yet) so am using a cappings scratcher/roller to uncap before extracting. Even though I'm doing this as carefully as I can, after extracting the comb is pretty beat up - some was already wavy and some is wavy after the process.

After the bees clean this up, will the comb always be wavy and messed up? Will it be ok to use this (new, white) comb to replace older brood combs? Thanks in advance!
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Thanks for the advice. I may try the filet knife or bread knife. The cost of the hot knife is so high I can't justify it yet... I appreciate the tips!
 

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Just watched a video where the guy is uncapping by very quickly running a heat gun over white/dry cappings. Looks really easy. He addresses the concerns re heating the honey in part two, saying you very quickly melt the cappings...and that it only works with the high/dry cappings (that don't touch the honey underneath). It looks so easy (and the comb is so intact afterwards), but I'd be a little worried about burning the honey I think..though I guess that's a risk with a hot knife too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eym8rxYeLTc
 
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