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    I am totally with you, Kev...I hate those falling-apart-every-10-seconds bamboo tongs. worthless.... I have some plastic ones that I adore...but I needed another pair (that's when I bought the bamboo). I looked everywhere...including kitchen stores, but one day I was walking through the grocery store, and there, in a bin of cookies was the perfect pair of tongs. I grabbed them and cornered a young kid stocking shelves. I snapped the tongs a few times and asked where the manager was. Poor kid almost fell off his plastic milk carton. When the young manager appeared, I asked him how much for the tongs. He was a little frazzled, and assured me I could just take them.... ("take the tongs, lady..please, just take them!") haha. Best darn tongs I have! Even if they do say "Voortmann Cookies" on the side!!

    I've since had one of the other plastic pairs break, but I duct taped the hoolies out of them & they work like a charm. Good thing...I'd have to go back to that grocery store.
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    I share the concern about bamboo - they are OK provided you religiously restrict each tool to one chemical (ie, the developer tongs never touch any other chemical).
    When I first started out (more than 27 years ago) I got a set of tongs similar to those used by Flotsam - still have one, but it's mate broke. Later I found a set of stainless steel tongs with rubber tips. I've looked for replacement plastic tongs without success - I also mail ordered tongs but what I got didn't have rubber tips. Recently, however, I was in a camera shop and they had the rubber-tipped plastic jobs hanging on the rack.

    So my conclusion is that you can't buy them by mail - you actually have to see what the dealer has in stock.

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    I guess I'm in the minority but I like the bamboo tongs. I've only had one of them to wear out after several years of use--the rubber tips wore through on those I used for developer. The other two tongs from the set are still going strong after at least three years of use.

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    I'm in the minority with Lee, I like the bamboo tongs, and have never had the tips fall off after years of use. The ends are colour coded so I use the same colour with the same chemical each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively
    I guess I'm in the minority but I like the bamboo tongs. I've only had one of them to wear out after several years of use--the rubber tips wore through on those I used for developer. The other two tongs from the set are still going strong after at least three years of use.
    I agree Lee S, they are just fine..there may be different mfg's of them, mine have never fallen apart..and I don't think I handle them with 'kid gloves' so I would not write them off, for the money I think they are great.

    The nitrle gloves can be found at some of the home improvement stores...
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    Quote Originally Posted by photomc
    The nitrle gloves can be found at some of the home improvement stores...
    Good to know - thanks

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    The tips didn't fall off they actually fell apart from the top. The plastic part that holds the bamboo sticks in place. And honestly I wouldn't buy another pair as I only had them for 3 months. They were cheap but again you get what you pay for I guess.

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    Kev

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjsphoto
    The tips didn't fall off they actually fell apart from the top. The plastic part that holds the bamboo sticks in place. And honestly I wouldn't buy another pair as I only had them for 3 months. They were cheap but again you get what you pay for I guess.

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    Kev
    I must have gotten the same ones as you cause mine did exactly the same thing. Every time I tried fishing a print out, one of the arms would fall out! Gr!
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    I haven't used them for years because I was tired of trying to fish my prints out of the developer with bamboo chopsticks.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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