They make non-electric knives with an offset handle and they work pretty good. If you need the heat, you can dip it in hot water. I started with an ancient (actually, antique) knife just like that. If it's sharp, it does the trick. When I only have a few frames, I scratch the caps off with a wide fork or a scratcher made to do that. I've heard of people using a serrated bread knife. All should work just fine. When I have a lot of frames, the heated knife goes faster....no question but it's not necessary.
I like to use an electric serrated fillet knife. I use it for fishing and it works great on capped frames. Have a short video but not sure how to attach to this reply. Please pm me if you would like to see.
I saw a You-tube video a while back where some chaps were using a hair dryer, of maybe a hot air paint stripper to melt open the caps. It seemed to work very well in the video. I would probably work better on white (dry) capped honey but they didn't seem to bother with checking. Anyone out there ever try this?
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