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Posted 08/04/2021   11:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Stamps4Life to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So I have only 2 sets. Id like to get another set or 2. The ones pictured here I got from Amos I think in the beginning of Covid... Just about all I came across were on backorder. The problem is, I hate them. They are short at 4.5", light and flimsy. Also, the end (spade?) tips are more on the thick side and not very tapered not making them good for getting under stamps.

Can anyone recommend a higher quality, longer pair that might be a bit more substantial in weight? The brand name and source would be a great help too.

My older pair are needle nose and I like that style better than these. However im not adverse to trying another spoon bill set - just not my 1st choice.... Tks. Wm


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Posted 08/05/2021   12:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RXC to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Golden Valley Stamp and Coin Supply in Minnesota sells Showgard and Lighthouse tongs in a variety of sizes and styles. I use 6 inch angled spade tips but there are other threads which discuss the merits of other styles. I cannot speak to they have in stock. My dealings with them have all been satisfactory.
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Posted 08/05/2021   02:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Showgard stock number for the longer pointed ones is 902. I'm not sure if the true needlenose ones are even available these days. Check several sources to see what each currently actually have in stock.

If your older long pair has become unaligned or has overly rounded faces, you can touch up the ends using a steel for keeping an edge on knives. Then you need to take a little care to make sure the faces are flat, that there are no burrs and no sharp knife edges.





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Posted 08/05/2021   03:05 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I prefer the spoon-end type of tweezer. My capacity for damaging printed ephemera with the pointed type means that I approach them with extreme caution.

https://www.dauwalders.co.uk/tweeze...166614-p.asp
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Posted 08/05/2021   04:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi

I use Showgard tongs and have so for many years. Since I was doing a lot of work putting stamps in stockcards, I found the long angled spade tip style worked best. I use the pointed type in general, although I tend to use the spade tip.

Jerry B
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Posted 08/05/2021   09:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a pair of 6" Kistner rounded tip tongs made in Solingen, that I find perfectly weighted. Can't recall where I got them, but I see they are available - also spade tips - through iHobb in the US.

Edit: Remember now, got them in Canada through Arpin Philately (they also have the pointed tips).

~Greg
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Posted 08/05/2021   11:09 am  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Anyone know of where I could get hold of a pair of tweezers (disclaimer: I grew up in London, hence this use as opposed to 'tongs') that are 6" pointed tips (like the Showguard 902's) and are gold plated?
I have an old SG pair (4") from the 1970's that have become mis-aligned over the years and would love to replace them.
Currently I'm using 6" spoon ends which are satisfactory, but I find that over time the nickel plating gets tarnished-looking, and no amount of metal polish returns them to their original luster.
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https://www.stampcommunity.org/go/link.asp?target=https://brooklyngallery.com/stamp-accessories.html?cat=74

Tks. Have you used any of these? They look just like the ones I posted above? They look thin , Yes?

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thanks all for the tips. The place in MN have many in stock and the clerk was helpful over the phone. I ordered a few different ones and will report back.Wm
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Posted 08/06/2021   08:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jconey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply



I stick with the longer 6" tongs. If you do a lot with them, you'll appreciate the extra "leverage". I like Solingen and Showgard tongs.

I also use different tips for different things. I really like 909's for general use and 904 for sorting through piles of stamps. They have a broader tip which is less prone to damage a stamp and I find it easier to manipulate stamps and other things. Some collectors see use of Narrow 902's or "lethal" tongs as some great thing and I have a pair but I believe "the right tool for the right job". Don't let anyone convince you that wider tips are for novices.
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Posted 08/08/2021   10:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stamps4Life to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for that layout. Very helpful with sizes and models no.

I did order 3 pair to compare. SH902, which you show and LHT51 and 62. I've always used until now "needle nose" and prefer them to the cheapo one I bought from Amos.

My 1st pair I prefer are stamped INDX, on inside Paris, Ed Berck.

They came from Weill Brothers of New Orleans.

While they too are 4.5", they seem to have a bit of weight to them compared to my new pair. They feel better to me being heavier.
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Posted 08/10/2021   7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stamps4Life to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As promised.

On the most Left - My Weill pair weight, 12g
Next, cheapo pair weight, 10g
Next LHT62, bent tong. weight, 16g
2nd from right, SH902(Showgard). weight, 17g
1st on right, LHT51(Lighthouse). weight, 17g

The 902 and 51 seem identical except for the tops - one is tapered and the other squared. The tips seem identical in size. I thought the longer ones would have a little more weight to them.



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