With its 10″ length and lightweight design, the King Steam Uncapping Knife is easy to handle and maneuver, making it the ideal choice for beekeepers of all skill levels. And if you’re concerned about exposing your honey to the heat of an electric knife, this steam knife provides the perfect solution – the gentle, yet effective power of steam.
You will need a steam source for this unit and silicon steam tubes (or similar) and connecting hardware.
It is recommend to use a 1500W 120V steamer.
Most beekeepers use wallpaper steamer as a steam source for the knife.
Connect the steam supply line to one of the knife’s tubes (not included). Connect a second tube to the steam return line. During use, condensed water will flow through this line.
This line needs to be routed to a bucket to collect the condensed water.
Once steam starts to flow through the knife, let the knife warm up for 3 to 5 minutes.
When done uncapping, clean warm knife with damp cloth.
Made in USA. Speed King Uncapping Knife
Paul Pierce (the founder of Pierce Beekeeping Equipment Company) invented and patented the heated uncapping knife in 1941. This tool established the industry standard for heated uncapping knives and is the preferred tool used by professional and backyard beekeepers alike. Many companies around the world have tried to copy this knife—but there is nothing like the original Pierce Uncapping Knife. All our uncapping knives are handmade in Southern California, USA.