Our J-hook hive tool is an excellent upgrade over the standard hive tool. The advantage of a J-hook is that there is less risk of breaking the rabbeted lip on your hive body. One end serves as a scraper for removing burr comb, cracking hive bodies apart and prying open queen cages. The J-hook end is used for lifting out frames by slipping the tool between frames, turning the tool and using the heel of the hook to level against the top bar of an adjacent frame. Our J-hook has a shallower angle than the Maxant tool which means it is easier to initially slip between the frame ends.