I have never used tongs in over 35 years printing.. I wear gloves that get tossed each and every run.. At first glance sounds expensive but with my concern for health it is pointless to use your hands in the chems.
find a medical supply house and put together a large order and be confident that you skin is safe.
Tongs are ok but when you get into larger prints the problems in creases and dings, not to mention the contamination issues you are talking about $$$$ far out weigh a purchase of gloves.
Sounds to me like you are having fun , and for me thats what a darkroom is for...