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I've been using the Dumoxel #2 and #5 mainly (I lean towards #5 mostly) but I've seen Mark's tweezers in the videos and they look mighty good and strong....Since my #2's are a little battered I was wondering what were the one's featured in the videos.

 

I'm also open to opinions and suggestions as to what will be a durable and worthy replacements to the above 2.

 

Your input is deeply appreciated!

 

Robert

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If you're handling delicate steel parts, brass tweezers are safer because they're softer than steel and won't mark the components.

Thanks Will,

 

I'm not too concerned about damaging surfaces presently but then again, once I actually start turning screws and loosing springs, etc., that may change :)

 

I'll leave them on my "nice to have" list for now.

 

Rossco

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By now, everyone knows I'm working mainly on Seikos -- apart from the rare Unitas 6498 or the ETA 2801-2/2824/46-2 mostly on the waiting list -- and so there is a question that has been bothering me for quite a while (but don't want to risk $40 plus replacement waiting in this experiment).

 

The barrel and train wheel bridge in the Seiko 7S26 or 7S36 has a clip that holds together the first reduction wheel and the pawl lever (magic lever) together. In the service data, they attach and/or detach the said clip, or "reduction wheel holder" as they call it, with tweezers.

 

After a while I guess you get the hang of it and do it in one swift movement -- at the beginning it takes more tries!. Either way, there is potential to leave marks on the bridge due to the action of the tweezers in this operation. (I have!)

 

The question here would be: Will brass tweezers be strong enough for this task (without the tweezers being damaged)?

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FYI,

Those of you guys in the USA looking for some very nice Brass Tweezers, Dashto Horological has some Very nice 1-AM Dumont Brass Tweezers for $7(retail is roughly $30us). I bought a pair and was very surprised to find they are brand new! I had to slightly dress the tips, but now they are perfect! I use them for quite a bit for assembly work....

The website is listed here...

http://www.watchrepairtalk.com/topic/169-united-states/

 

Part number is:

009.3131

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I have many tweezers however its taken me a while to get the handling and the care correct,

 

Would like to start again afresh with a new set. Need some that i will reserve for hairspring work as well.

 

 

Thanks in advance

 

Jonathan

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Hi Jonathan,

 

for hairspring work it is recommended very fine tweezers: #4 and #5 are preferred. I know good ones are expensive but they are a sure shot and the material is better. Cheap ones, well, you get what you pay for but some may come out all right momentarily if you know how to prepare/dress them correctly. A new set would include a #1, 2 #2s and 2 #5s and a #3 and maybe a #4 and #7 (if you feel confortable with the "beak" type).

 

I personally favor #5 for everything, but keep a #2 handy for heavy stuff. I got 2 types of #2, a wide point one and a fine point one, they each serve their purpose.

 

I think the last cheapo tweezers I got to experiment with and after dressing them right were quite acceptable -- but needed constant re dressing -- were "Stella" or something like that. In any case, ofrei has some cheap Chinese ones that are comparable to those cheap ones.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Bob

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I have had many brands of Tweezers over the years and always keep coming back to Dumont.

 

Size 5 or 4 for hairspring work.

Size 2 For general work.

 

I personally have no use for any other size apart 5, 2 and from my brass tweezers which are around size 3.

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Just had a look at what I've got over the years, seems I have a few good ones I've forgot about, few Dumont's, rubis and precista's. Need a clean up, not sure the best way but at least I have something to work with

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I have tried many tweezers of different makes but have been using Dumont for a while now & have been very pleased with them. No.2 for normal work & 5,s for finer work.

I found the cheaper tweezers were OK but I seemed to be re-dressing them on regular basis but the Dumont just keep their shape. 

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Good set of tweezers that don't break the bank?
Sorry, but no such animal exists.

 

Cheap tweezers aren't good, and good tweezers aren't cheap.

 

I only use one pair of tweezers for everything; except hairsprings of course ... a pair of Gold Plated Brass Dumont #4's that I've custom shaped just the way I like them.

 

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Brass tweezers don't ping parts like steel, never become magnetized, have a lovely soft free, and I never have to worry about marking parts with them.

I've been using them 8hrs a day, 5 days a week for 7months, and at the most I have to give them a light dressing once a week.

... I will cry when they are worn out :(, and they will receive a royal burial with full military honours.

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I only use one pair of tweezers for everything; except hairsprings of course ... a pair of Gold Plated Brass Dumont #4's that I've custom shaped just the way I like them.

 

 

Lawson, I was so impressed that instead of clicking on 'like', I searched the web for a gold plated Dumont brass Nr. 4. It doesn't appear to be anymore available. So I have whittled down a brass Nr. 5 and have almost perfected the tips. Here it is before final dressing and gold plating.

 

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Lawson, I was so impressed that instead of clicking on 'like', I searched the web for a gold plated Dumont brass Nr. 4. It doesn't appear to be anymore available. So I have whittled down a brass Nr. 5 and have almost perfected the tips. Here it is before final dressing and gold plating.

 

Nice work CDJ.

There's nothing like customizing your tweezers so they are just the way you like them. 

Yes, it takes a little time to develop the skills to dress your tweezers; but the rewards for you effort are well worth it IMHO.

 

This is the video I used to begin to learn how to dress my tweezers ... his instructions and tips for dress are most excellent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=injDQHraiLI

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 I searched the web for a gold plated Dumont brass Nr. 4. It doesn't appear to be anymore available.

 

There is a company in Australia that appears to still sell these particular Dumont Tweezers. 

I know personally I want to grab a few pairs and store them away in case they discontinue them, because changing tweezers for me will be like changing my hands for someone else's.

 

I have emailed them for pricing.  So if anyone is interested in also buying a pair, please post below and I'll see if we can arrange a group buy and save some $$$.

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