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What Are The Right Tweezers For Stamps?

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Posted 01/06/2021   8:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Rob Roy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have found some offers for them at eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/353234650374
https://www.ebay.com/itm/174061492740
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274408487362

From what I see, there's no difference between "stamp tweezers" to "eyebrow tweezers", except the price: Add the adjective "stamp" or "philately" and the price jumps.

In the same way, "nail polish UV lamp" was effective for me not less than a dedicated simple stamp UV lamp, but much cheaper. Same with tennis ball vs. "Dog's tennis ball".

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Posted 01/06/2021   9:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add percyjgp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You really don't want anything that has a sharp edge to handle stamps.
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Posted 01/06/2021   9:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Opinion.
There is only one! Prinz Long Nose Pointy Tweezers.
Approx $15-$23
Use any others at your peril, or weakness at work.

If you can endure the learning process you will never look back.
Excellent for:
Sliding under a stamp and cleanly severing the stamp hinge
(dealers use this)
Straightening Bent and curled stamp hinges
Picking a stamp off a scanner platen.
Opening the cellophane of the A43 stock card, to insert stamps.
Picking an individual stamp from a bowl of cold water soaking.
Picking the stamp up, from a pristine drying teacloth, to place in the drying sandwich.
Gently lifting the Mylar strip, in a Hagner, to insert stamps.
Picking long hairs (and others) from stamps from trading partners (You always get them)

Warning: dangerous to put in pocket travelling, keep always in a protective case.

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Edited by rod222 - 01/06/2021 9:28 pm
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Posted 01/06/2021   9:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Eyebrow tweezers usually have roughened edges to help you grab onto the hair. Roughened edges are not compatible with stamps. Tweezers also have relatively sharp edges which could damage stamps.

I personally like using very long spade-tipped tongs, which I believe is the appropriate word for a stamp grabber. I've noticed over the years that many dealers like pointy-tipped tongs. The advantage of pointy tips is that one is less likely to bend a perf or crease a stamp when picking the stamp out of a 102 card or glassine. It is also easier to aim a pointy tip where you want it.

Still, I feel safer overall with spade tips.
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Posted 01/06/2021   9:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Long nose pointies in action (Love it!)

http://goscf.com/t/75545

The perfect way to handle a stamp. (Not that I always comply)
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Edited by rod222 - 01/06/2021 9:46 pm
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Posted 01/06/2021   10:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Timm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've used Showgard stamp tongs 902 and 908 for decades.
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Posted 01/06/2021   10:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 01/06/2021   10:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's Showgard 908 for me.
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Posted 01/06/2021   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They are tongs. Do you use a flipper with pancakes or a spatula? I use a Solingen 2279
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Posted 01/06/2021   10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for sharing your experience.
In your opinion, the cheap tweezers/tongs that I saw at eBay are less good, or totally unadvisable for stamps?
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Posted 01/06/2021   11:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Less good, probably.
You can use kitchen tongs if your budget is tight.
It comes down to enjoyment in Philately.
Sit in a Trabant, then sit in a BMW, you get the gist?

Example in my history.
I was using bent nose flat tweezers, when I once visited my auctioneer to buy some early Western Australian.

As fate would have it, I accidentally took home his Long Nose pointies, he had been using as a book mark.

He rang me, beside himself, that his fave tweezers were missing.
I had to drive all the way back to return.

I wondered what all the fuss was about, so tried them myself...
The rest is history.
I still reckon today, he thought I had nicked them,
but what can you do when stuff happens?

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Posted 01/07/2021   12:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamp tongs receive extra polishing care to remove any imperfections that could damage delicate paper. Eyebrow tweezers are not the same and if you use them because they are cheaper you will pay on the other end when you damage a stamp.
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Posted 01/07/2021   01:04 am  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In North America, we use the term 'tongs,' but in many other countries (including England, where I grew up) the term used is 'tweezers' (as distinct from 'eyebrow tweezers').
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Posted 01/07/2021   01:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tongman65 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Long and pointy, for the win. Although I don't mind using a long cranked spade tip for stock book inventory.
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Posted 01/07/2021   05:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have both and find myself going through spells of using each.
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Posted 01/07/2021   07:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Showgard 901, 4.5" long and pointy.
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Edited by littleriverphil - 01/07/2021 07:43 am
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