silly tweezer question

All,

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. :yuck:. 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?
 
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.
 
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.
 
dice45 said:
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?:confused: ) tång with bent jaws, like a "power tweezer". Ordinary tweezer are to weak when you want to hold a hole mounted part.
 
dice45 said:


If you call me a tool fetishist, :), you would not be the 1st one.

What you call me then?;)
 

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The whole tweezer. Please note that TEUBER is only the label for the tool company in Sweden. The brand of the tweezeer is ideal-tek. The price is 30 USD or so.

:dice:45, this tweezer will repell any tin :nod:

http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-50674/hifi_pics/hifi_100pr/tweezers_overview.jpg

The good thing about this particular tweezer is that it is made of very thin stainless steel which doesn't cool the SMD part so much. Twezzer in the link above is OK but a bit too heavy and has too much material.
 

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I worked my way thru college as an operating room orderly. It exposed me to some amazing surgical tools - some, like those made for orthopedic stuff, would be more at home in a carpenters tool box. But the really amazing stuff was the micro tools used by the neuro-surgeons and the like. You have to look thru the microscope to even see the working part of these. The most amazing thing, of course, was that they used them. When I complain about these tiny SMD parts, I remember that they were cutting on people's brains, where an error could leave the patient crippled - not just ruining a 50 cent part. Amazing control of their hands. These tiny sissors and forceps could cost a hundred dollars each - and be ruined if dropped

I still use a couple of these after 15 years - they work perfectly fine for electronics but were "worn out" for sugical purposes. Might be if you made a friend with the OR folks at the local hospital you could get some very good stuff. They are almost always SS and non-magnetic.