Originally part of the decorator's or carpenter's toolkit...
This item lends itself to the beekeeper's toolbox. The one best suited
to the cleaning of Hive Boxes & Frames is the heavy duty type with
the thick tungsten carbide blade.
Tungsten Carbide Hive Scraper
The peculiar colour is my attempt to mimic the cadmium
plated, chromatic passivated finish.
Tungsten Carbide Blade
This is the blade that is designed to be the cutting element
of the decorator's scraper shown above.
I believe the original manufacturer of both blade and
scraper is a New Zealand Company.
I use this scraper on both the inside and outside of hive
bodies. It helps if the tool is dragged along the grain of the wood
rather than across it, but when dealing with internal corners there is
no choice in this respect.
I also make the job easier for myself by doing the scraping
on a frosty winters day.
The outside surface of hive boxes is only scraped if I
intend to put on a fresh coat of linseed oil.
Originated... Winter 2000,
Revised... 30 Sept 2002
Transferred to New Domain... 14 May 2004,