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Old 2013-03-15, 6:21pm
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What's the best tweezers to buy? I've been buying the $4.00 ones at Frantz and I go through them like crazy! I know...keep the tools out of the flame...
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Old 2013-03-15, 6:27pm
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I buy multiple sets of these from HF

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece...set-32381.html

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Old 2013-03-15, 6:28pm
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What's the best tweezers to buy? I've been buying the $4.00 ones at Frantz and I go through them like crazy! I know...keep the tools out of the flame...
If you don't keep them out of the flame, stick with the cheap ones. Would suck to be going through $20 tweezers...

I have the same tweezers I started with 8 years ago and I paid less than $1. Keep water close to quench them if they get hot.
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yea..I'm always pulling off glass or heating murrini in the flame. I thought maybe there was some super-bionic metal that could withstand the heat without deforming.
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David, I see they have a lifetime warranty...pphht.. not the way I use them!
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Tungsten.
Ahhh...
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Thank you Shawnette! You rock!
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Second the harbor freight thing you can trash them when you melt them and not feel bad. I go thru a package a month
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I keep hoping I'll find tungsten tweezers that are in the shape of very fine nosed tweezers. The ones Shawnette posted aren't the right shape for how I use them. Even with never putting them in the flame, the ends get deformed from the heat of the glass.
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Old 2013-03-15, 7:24pm
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Well, I did just find these, says they are made for high temperature--and a bargain at only $180 each!
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Second the harbor freight thing you can trash them when you melt them and not feel bad. I go thru a package a month
Soooo...I guess I shouldn't feel bad about my $4.00/month for tweezer budget?
I really only need the fine tip ones.
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Harbor freight ones here too..... I buy a few packages at a time and use just the ones I need... LOL
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Sheila buy a small belt sander or grinder and re point the tweezers
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I second the tungsten for fine tip. Otherwise I go to ben franklin, michael's or where ever and test how strong they are.....no body likes a whimpy tweezers
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If you're back to cheap, Widget Supply has the best prices, largest variety. And they have tons of other cool stuff, too!

http://www.widgetsupply.com/category/tweezer.html
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I keep hoping I'll find tungsten tweezers that are in the shape of very fine nosed tweezers. The ones Shawnette posted aren't the right shape for how I use them. Even with never putting them in the flame, the ends get deformed from the heat of the glass.
You can grind tungsten. Go to a welder supply, pick up a 1/16 tungsten rod and make your own.
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I keep hoping I'll find tungsten tweezers that are in the shape of very fine nosed tweezers. The ones Shawnette posted aren't the right shape for how I use them. Even with never putting them in the flame, the ends get deformed from the heat of the glass.
I thought they were made to withstand the heat?
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Oh, I meant the fine nosed non tungsten ones get deformed from the heat. I've never tried the tungsten since the shape doesn't look right for me. I think I'll try making my own though--worth a try!
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I agree - if you stick your tweezers in the flame, use tungsten tipped ones! Don't put the tips in water to cool tho, you run the chance of weakening the tungsten (or so I was told).
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I agree - if you stick your tweezers in the flame, use tungsten tipped ones! Don't put the tips in water to cool tho, you run the chance of weakening the tungsten (or so I was told).
I always quench my tungsten. It keeps the crud from building up on it so that you don't have to replace it as often (or ever).
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I sand the crud off my tungsten.. or repoint it on the side of my grinding wheel.. the big bench type
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Anyone know where to get some long non-serrated tweezers that are blunt tip?
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Anyone know where to get some long non-serrated tweezers that are blunt tip?
I've never been able to find non-serrated ones. I just filed them smooth.
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Arrow Springs has both serrated and non, scroll down on page:http://www.arrowsprings.com/html/holding_tools.html

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I use these HF cheapos. I buy several at a time so that when a pair gets bent or the springs come lose I can chuck them and grab another pair from the drawer.

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Talk with local medical professionals a lot of stainless instruments are single use or wearout by medical or lab standards.
A good file will let you remove the teath and a grinder or dremel will let you reshape them a bit.
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I use these HF cheapos. I buy several at a time so that when a pair gets bent or the springs come lose I can chuck them and grab another pair from the drawer.

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-3-4-q...ers-40696.html
I'll pick up some of these next time I'm in Oly, but I like the lightweight tweezers too.
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Talk with local medical professionals a lot of stainless instruments are single use or wearout by medical or lab standards.
A good file will let you remove the teath and a grinder or dremel will let you reshape them a bit.
I'll ask my dentist, they let me go through the old dental tools. Maybe I can just file mine down too.
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