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Old 10th October 2002, 12:14 AM   #1
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my trusty old soldering tweezers are so tinned i cannot use them anymore.
They consist of carbon steel, undestroyable, unbendable, able to bend leads of 6A SS diodes. jaws do not move sidewards, almost as stable as pliers.Unfortunately tinnable. And tinned now. . Anytime they get in contact with the soldering iron, jaws stick together.

Now i ask: do you know good and stable tweezers made from material which refuse to get tinned, to get bent, to be even faintly magnetic?

Do titanium tweezers make sense or are they too soft? Do make tweezers with ceramic tips make sense or do they break all the time? Are they worth the huge money?

Any hints on good brands and where to get them?
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Old 10th October 2002, 12:16 AM   #2
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Isn't titanium a very rigid but brittle metal? I am almost certain it isn't soft... Most titanium mountain bike frames crack because they are TOO rigid.

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Old 10th October 2002, 07:54 AM   #3
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I use "Made in Switzerland", in stainless steel, good feeling, really nice!

I have 00D and SM109

http://www.ideal-tek.ch/tweezers/prodind.asp

Price 15-20 USD
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My tweezers are very "tin proof", your problem....
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All,

found ceramic tweezers pleasing me mightily, but they cost an arm and a leg.
Made by Vomm, Germany. Found others tweezers too, made by Belzer, for other purposes, (always a mistake to enter a toolshop. ). One is made from titanium, a very delicate, pin-tipped one and this one is definitely not too soft.

My old stuff was made by Erem, Switzerland, now a division of Cooper tools. Very recommended, just the carbon steel ones are unsuitable for soldering.
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You can't go wrong with stainless steel. I'm buying mine surpluss (medical tools I suspect) for $2 and they never get tinned.
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Peter,
the stainless steel ones ar usually not very rugged unless steel is V4A (as Krupp calls it) or 1.4571 (German material code). The steel cannot not be hardened and is too soft.

I had my Erem 56 and 00d (made from hardened carbon steel) in use for > 8ys now. As is with my Erem pliers and sidecutters, almost eternal life and with this as background, i do not complain if pliers or sidecutters cost $60. On the long run, cheaper than any cheap one

This night, i tried out my new ceramic tweezers (i build another phono strobe flasher to check kit-like reproducability of the circuit) and i do not regret the money i spent. These Vomm tweezers are made from ceramics completly, not the metal body/ceramic tip construction idealtek sells. Amazing, shatters my image of "ceramics" completely. As the "blade" hinge also is from ceramics, i get a comprehension how elastic this type of ceramic is.

Provided i do not apply unreasonable load or stress, or throw it on a stone floor, this thing will outlive me. It seems to be as elastic as steel, just considerably harder.

If you call me a tool fetishist, , you would not be the 1st one.
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Old 11th October 2002, 02:52 PM   #8
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If you call me a tool fetishist, , you would not be the 1st one.
Bernhard, you don't have to be a tool fetishist just because you like nice tools. I myself hate "crap" regardsless the price.

I wonder what you use tweezers for? I use it only for SMD parts. For other things I use a Lindström (tång in english? ) tång with bent jaws, like a "power tweezer". Ordinary tweezer are to weak when you want to hold a hole mounted part.
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I like to use the forceps (Swedish peang) so that I can use several and remove heat from legs of components while soldering tricky stuff. Very useful since you don't have to apply any pinching force yourself.

Try this as an exaple:

http://www.wintools.ch/english/Delic...mostatic_1.htm

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If you call me a tool fetishist, , you would not be the 1st one.
What you call me then?
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