There were hints pointing toward that, but it looks like we'll be able to dual wield some tools in 1.9.
Quoting the Dinnerbone: "The way I want dual wielding to work is that it uses the right click action of your off-hand item if your main-hand doesn't have its own. For example; if you have a pickaxe in your main hand and a torch in your other hand, right click places the torch."
This might make digging tunnels and mines a touch easier, and I'm looking forward to try it out!
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