Blasksmiths... Whats your tong of choice?

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Blasksmiths... Whats your tong of choice?
« Thread started on: Aug 11th, 2007, 10:54pm »

I said TONG not THONG! Nobody wants to see blacksmiths in thongs.

I find the "wolfjaw" most usefull, I picked it up at a convention. Shown here with my grappling hook.
Not a great shot of it but it has a couple grooves to hold bars perpendicular and another down the center to hold a bar in line.
I know there is an infinite number of tongs used, but what is most useful to you?

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Re: Blasksmiths... Whats your tong of choice?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 14th, 2007, 7:45pm »

I have lots of tongs, but the two that I almost always use are two pairs of wolfjaw tongs. I also keep a set of two wolfjaw tongs in the toolbox that I use for demonstrations and activities away from home.

I used them today to work on parts for the traveling forge, a bellows pole staple and a hook.

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