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    NEeds tongs and advice!

    I have been looking for tongs and I bought some bamboo ones and they fell apart after a week of use. I looked around and either I find the cheap horrible ones or the ones with the spring. I just want a pair that I control the pressure by squeezing together and ones that will not fall apart.

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    Have you considered using gloves rather than tongs? Nitrile gloves fit snugly enough so it's like working bare handed. I switched to gloves a year ago and won't ever go back to tongs.

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    I have used this type of tong, (bamboo), for 20+ years and never had that problem... I do remove the platsic or rubber tips though as I feel they are too hard to keep clean for long periods of use (over months of use), as chemicals might become trapped under the tip's pads, etc.)... I replace the tongs maybe every year... have never seen anything that would indicate they are coming apart... Maybe you have a bad pair and should take them back to the photo shop you purchased them from... try a pair of name brand ones if they weren't already?
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    That is the problem no one really sells them. I had to order on-line. And gloves is a hassel having to take them off all the time between testing and exposing.

    I do not live near photo stores so teh only way I can get anythign is mail order. Any brands you can suggest and a link to go with it?

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    check with calumet, i got a set last year, steel, with padded tips, not cheap, but work very well. Kosiner i believe was the maker

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    These are the ones that I have used for years. They have good sensitive feel and the rubber tips give a positive hold. I just ordered a new pair because after many years, the rubber tips have hardened and started to crack and split. I ordered mine from Adorama but I've seen them on other sites.
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    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    Have used both the bamboo and plastic type..like both. Some think the bamboo gets contaminated with the chemicals, but to be honest, I just wash mine and never leave the tongs in the tray..just set the on a corner. The plastic ones are nice because the ends are at an angle which is nice to slip under the print..and then I just left the print out ... Have seen the metal (SS) and they are nice and are suppose to release so that you do not put to much pressure on the print. Think as others have pointed out got to Calumet or Freestyle and order a good set ... mine are labeled for D eveloper, S top, F ix, T oner...to avoid any cross contamination. May not need to, just old habits.

    Reminds me, need to get a couple of new sets just to have...if these don't work, try looking in a hardware store or kitchen store..may find a good substitute you can tell us about.

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    Just curious - are the gloves you find in the pharmacy department good enough to withstand various photo chemicals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digidurst
    . . .are the gloves you find in the pharmacy department good enough . . . ?
    Good latex ones should be OK, although the nitrile gloves are supposed to be better. I'm not sure I'd trust latex for pyro, however.

    The problem with some pharmacy brands is that they are too thin, and the corners of sheet film will poke holes in them. I use "MediTouch" brand gloves made by Ansell, and they seem to wear OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I ordered mine from Adorama but I've seen them on other sites.
    I just got my Adorama order and they must have changed their supplier. They ship another brand as their "Adorama" tongs. If I find a place to get ones that I recommended, I'll post it.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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