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As of snapshot 15w31a, you can hold things in both of your hands.

I figured out that F lets you hold the item in your other hand. But how do I use this item? Can it even be used?

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The item in your offhand can only be used for it's right click function (i.e. eating, placing blocks, blocking with shields).

Note that when you right click, the game first tries to use your main hand, and if the item in it does not have a right click function (or that function is inapplicable where you are targeting), checks your offhand. The sword can no longer be used for blocking since 15w33c, so you can use things together with sword and most tools.

For the left click function, only your main hand item can be used.

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  • As an example: You have a pick in your main hand and torches in your off hand. With left click you can break blocks as usual, but when you rightclick you will place torches, since a pickaxe has no rightlick functionality.
    – Lars
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 9:39
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    Technically, it uses your off-hand if right-clicking with your main hand does nothing at the moment. E.g. if you carry a block and try to place it inside your feet, your off-hand will be used. It's great for block-ladder dual-wield climbing.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 11:18
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    @OrcJMR I should give credit where it's due: Xisuma had a video on that.
    – MrLemon
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 13:46
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    Note that there are a few exceptions to this. The right click function of bows and fishing rods will not work in your offhand.
    – SirBenet
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 15:24
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    @PaulStelian A bow in offhand works fine now (but not a year ago, when that comment was written).
    – SirBenet
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 12:31

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