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    I've been grafting queens for the last few years with a Chinese tool.

    I'm not an awesome grafter but with a take rate of 60% to 70% I do ok enough to make enough decent queens.

    Maybe I buy awful cheap tools or they are just fragile but I do find the tools fall apart after a while. It is winter, that well known time when beekeepers buy crap they don't need from the Internet.

    My question is - what another tool would people recommend, just so I can play with it next year.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Try a small sable artists paint brush, 00 or 000.

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    What he says ... and make a simple sleeve of plastic tubing to protect the bristles from getting squidged. Or, assuming you don’t buy ‘crap’ it should be supplied with a protective sleeve.

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    What he says ... and make a simple sleeve of plastic tubing to protect the bristles from getting squidged. Or, assuming you don’t buy ‘crap’ it should be supplied with a protective sleeve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    What he says ... and make a simple sleeve of plastic tubing to protect the bristles from getting squidged. Or, assuming you don’t buy ‘crap’ it should be supplied with a protective sleeve.
    Never having used one, how does the larva come off the bristles?

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    Wet the bristles (saliva is fine)
    Slide it underneath the larva
    Lift and separate
    Place the paintbrush and larva in the grafting cup, touching the base
    Gently rotate the paintbrush to transfer it to the base of the cup
    Rinse and repeat

    All made easier with good lighting and eyesight - head torch and reading specs for me.

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