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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 14 Aug 2019 08:07 #1

 

Being a watchmaker, I handle fine tweezers for hours a day 5 or more days a week. Then there is the modeling side which takes the same tools and puts them to other sometimes more challenging tasks.

When I saw that Sprue Brothers had some new tweezers made by Meng it was time to step up and check them out. With many years of experience, it is easy for me to tell what works and what doesn't and what little things will cause the most trouble.

Here is a quick photo essay showing what was found.


















The steel quality seems good and they are probably going to be quite decent tweezers. For the cost they should have much better tips than they currently have. While the tips can be corrected with little work, there are other options out there that are better quality and will work correctly from the start.

For a quick run through on tweezer basics, handling, and how to restore and maintain the kind of tips that will allow handling fine photo etch with less part launches, refer to this thread:
TOPIC: TOOL TIME - Tweezers

 

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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 14 Aug 2019 08:24 #2

Thanks for this Paul.

How would you think they compare to our "modeling" tweezers?
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 14 Aug 2019 10:03 #3

Thanks for the write up Paul. Always appreciate a professional's opinion on tools. :drinks
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 14 Aug 2019 15:32 #4

Thanks Chris, that is why I did this post. Most hobby grade tweezers can be pretty marginal. The tips are part launchers from the git-go. They can be made into decent tools with just a little work. Follow that link as it gives a step-by-step way to do it. The bad part is when a pair of tweezers requires too much pressure to close them. In that case it can become easy to damage or launch a part. Tweezers that take minimal pressure allow you to "feel" the part when it is picked up and helps to keep from squeezing too hard.

Bob I am not real sure what you are referring to, the MENG tweezers are hobby grade, but are more expensive than other tweezers that would probably work better. For folks that don't know any better they would probably work OK, but the slightly rounded edges and pick up surfaces that are not perfectly smooth with a slight grain could give folks problems.

No matterthe source, all tweezers will need some corrective rework to make them, or keep them really useable.
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 14 Aug 2019 16:53 #5

There you are, everyone send your tweezers to Paul for him to whip'm into shape. :rotf
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 21 Aug 2019 15:10 #6

6300 pairs on their way! :yipee
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 03 Sep 2019 08:47 #7

Paul, a list of recommended tweezers (brands/models) would go a long way to completing the article. ;) Thanks for this, I learned quite a bit!

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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 03 Sep 2019 09:22 #8

OK Saul, I will see what I can come up with, and give some links. As with anything on the internet though it can be questionable about what you will end up with.

I will go to some real jewelry suppliers and check them out. They are usually real good about how they describe and show the tools they sell. I have bought some excellent tweezers off ebay as well, but that can be a gamble.
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Meng Fine and Flat tip Tweezers 03 Sep 2019 09:23 #9

Great review and very helpful!
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