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    Print tong recommendation?

    Hello Folks, it may seem silly asking for a recommendation for something as mundane as print tongs. But I use them each time I make a print!

    Many years ago, I purchased a set of three Kostiner stainless steel tongs. These were expensive, about $40 for the set as I recall, but they were great. They had nice rubber pads and they were designed such that you couldn't exert too much force on the print. After a long time, the rubber pads started wearing away, so I bit the bullet and ordered a new set. Apparently the Kostiner company had changed hands in the meantime. I got the same stainless steel tongs, but the rubber pads were made of a different material, and they actually had sharp edges on them. I lost a couple of prints because the sharp edges gouged the emulsion.

    So I have looked at the New York mail order web sites, and all I see are the cheapo plastic ones. I bought a couple sets of these, but the problem is that they break when I make 11x14 prints. The prints are too heavy.

    Anybody out there with recommendations??

    Thanks in advance,

    -- Mark

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    You can buy a product called AFAIK "Dip It" for coating tool handles. It is a vinyl coating. Should work very well for this application and your steel tongs will last a very long time.
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    My thoughts exactly. It should work reasonably well. I too had problems with the el-cheapo plastic tongs. Just like the OP stated, they broke rather easily. After that I went back to using the rubber tipped bamboo tongs. Cheap as chips and they're holding up rather well. Check this.
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    Similar product would be my guess;

    http://www.plastidip.com/

    I've used it to re-coat the throttle and clutch levers on a vintage motorcycle when the original coating had become hard, yellow and cracked. It's been on the levers for six years of hard use now, no problems.
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    If refurbishing the tongs doesn't work you might want to consider switching over to nitrile gloves (at least before you buy a set of different tongs).

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    I used to have some combination wood-plastic cheap ones that tended to come apart, and the rubber tips swelled up and rotted off. Junk.

    Right now, I am using some $2-3 bamboo tongs from a local kitchen supply store. They are about 6" long, look like monster tweezers, and seem pretty resistant to dektol and stop bath. (I use my fingers in the fixer, and I don't want to mingle chemicals together via my fingers, so that's why at least two of the trays have tongs.)

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    You know, whenever I'm looking for products that "used-to-be", I go to eBay first and foremost. It's the nation's garage sale! If you get clever enough with search terms and patient enough, you'll probably find your exact, beloved tongs.
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    These are the best type of plastic print tong. I break off the locking tab to make them more friendly.

    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/5101-A...Tongs-Set-of-2

    I know what you mean about the Kostiner SS tongs. The only way to get those away from me would be to pry them from my cold dead hands!

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    I've been experimenting with tongs that are similar to these kitchen tongs (although smaller):

    http://www.kitchencollection.com/Tem...earched=tongs&

    So far, so good.
    Matt

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    You know, I was thinking along the lines of kitchen tongs myself. Not too many days ago, there was a thread started about "Your favorite "Improvised" darkroom equipment." This one could well be headed in that direction.
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