Hive tool holder

Looking at getting a fellow beekeeper a gift for the holidays. I am looking at hive tool holders and all of them are magnetic in some way. Is there a reason it’s magnetic? It seems like this would be more annoying than practical when inspecting a hive.

Hello and welcome to the Flow forum! :blush:

The reason they are magnetic is so that you can put the holder inside a bee suit pocket, then adhere your hive tool to the outside of the pocket. This has three possible advantages:

  1. The hive tool doesn’t cut a hole through your bee suit on the inside of the pocket, letting bees in :astonished:
  2. You don’t have to fish around in your pocket with possibly thick gloves on, trying to find the tool
  3. You don’t have to look at your pocket to get the tool back into it - you can continue focusing on what you are doing. It is then less tempting to just put the tool down in a random place, risking losing it!

I didn’t like the weight of the one I tried, but I can see the point of them :wink: