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Hive Tool Uses (Besides Beekeeping)

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So I'm at a bbq with a bunch of beekeepers and the most hilarious conversation just started. What sorts of things have you used hive tools for, that are not beekeeping related, where they have proved super handy. Multi-purpose awesomeness. The best so far... "digging an emergency toilet hole". 

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i think i have mentioned before that i have fixed the motorbike with one before.

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5 minutes ago, tristan said:

i think i have mentioned before that i have fixed the motorbike with one before.

Couldn't possibly have been a beemer.

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I've used one for removing labels from glass

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oh and 'crackin' a beer' has been a biggie 

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With such a variation in hive tools...

we have 3 different models and they all have features I prefer

the additional uses could be unlimited 

 

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1 minute ago, Fitzie said:

@Beefriendly do share? I may start using them for it

Apart from burying bees?

oh that’s right.. that’s what the teaspoon is for ?

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The uses all relate to Beeking...0D664694-32B5-478D-89A6-5C6F13FA0F35.jpeg.810150ac25fe8f83c81e7e62af7a24e6.jpeg

the flat end of this I find good for scraping and prizing apart. Tool of choice for opening the smoker lid

Definitely good for swishing roaches

would be useful for scraping paint, 

 

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The square end I find good for separating frames

 

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My hand forged ones are pretty heavy and I have had to use them on the odd occasion for dispatching wounded animals such as goats with a back leg caught in a fence and way past saving. We also had to use one once for getting my fingers out of the wires when I help the goat get free from the same situation (it was still healthy) and he gave a final kick leaving my fingers still in their. You would think you could get out of that by yourself just by twisting around but there was no way and if someone else hadn't been there I think my skeleton would still be hanging in that fence.

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And a 3rd one, probably my favourite, which has a longer finer thumb, which is serated 

This is a great combination of both of the above.

Mine is the smaller model.

If I had to choose one, it would be this style

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Jack the Ripper is my favourite - it could easily fit a proper bottle opener but does lack this feature.

The blade is near razor sharp and it’s excellent for opening those stupid plastic cases so many things come in now that are sort of heat sealed closed.

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Playing hide and seek, my hive tool is excellent at this game, me not so much 

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14 hours ago, Fitzie said:

 Multi-purpose awesomeness. 

I now recall, soon after I joined the forum @frazzledfozzle was gifted an engraved tool for her 25th wedding anniversary ....

searched anniversary

On 26/01/2015 at 12:29 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

This is the pressy my darling husband got me for our 25th wedding anniversary :)

 

Then he heaved me up into the truck and we took off for another day of harvest in the searing heat!

 

 

 

 

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But wait there’s more

@john berry

On 22/07/2017 at 5:45 PM, john berry said:

I make my own hive tools because I prefer them to what you can buy. I also supply Arataki and a few friends but the main reason for firing up the forged today was to make a matched pair of hive tools for my aunt and uncle (Russell and Annette) who are having their 50th wedding anniversary. One thing I would like to try making one day as a smoker, not because the brought ones aren't good but because I would just like to. I do have some of the necessary tin smithing gear out on my blacksmith shop.

It's quite fun working on the forge but I'm sure a trained blacksmith would do it better and quicker.

 

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7 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

I now recall, soon after I joined the forum @frazzledfozzle was gifted an engraved tool for her 25th wedding anniversary ....

searched anniversary

 

 

And I haven’t lost it yet :) 

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many years ago there used to be a beekeeper of the year competition at conference, and worked for one of the organisers, for a prize there were mock gold plated hive tools. 

the comp never went ahead so we used the tools, they were easy to see in the grass. 

Also used hive tool to dig a 6mtr trench for front tyre of truck to stop it sliding sideways off a slippery track.

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On 13/10/2018 at 9:18 PM, Beefriendly said:

The uses all relate to Beeking...0D664694-32B5-478D-89A6-5C6F13FA0F35.jpeg.810150ac25fe8f83c81e7e62af7a24e6.jpeg

the flat end of this I find good for scraping and prizing apart. Tool of choice for opening the smoker lid

Definitely good for swishing roaches

would be useful for scraping paint, 

 

I have a similar one and I used it to click the tongue and grove flooring together 

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5 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

 

And I haven’t lost it yet :) 

 

The hive tool?

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12 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

 

And I haven’t lost it yet :) 

To clarify for you @cBank

Of course she hasn’t lost her hive tool, the engraving read

”Hope to get another 25 years out of you”

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