A hive tool is essential for all beekeepers. Your standard beekeeping kit should include this tool along with a beekeepers suit, veil, and smoker. The hive tool is used to open the hive lid or cover, to separate the honey supers and brood boxes, to break the seal on the queen excluder, to scrape off access propolis and wax, especially the burr comb, and to remove the honey frames and lift them out of the hive boxes. Also useful for cutting out undesirable honeycomb, queen cells, and squashing hive beetles. Three different types shown in video below. Colors may vary.