This was a letter to one of my students, about investing in their
new tools, and how long they actually last for. I believe that many
times “age of tools” has nothing to do with their own individual age.
Its how often they are used, and after a while they become invaluable
in the daily regime of diamond setting. Their inherent value goes up
exponentially. Almost to a point like “Am-Ex, CC”.“I just never leave
home without them.”:>)
"Some of my tools are about 35 years old or more. In fact I have one
handle that dates back to 1961. My emery sticks are from early 1965.
Is this an investment? You figure it out. I usually write down on
those items the actual dates bought. My tennis bracelet setting
holder is only 15 yrs. old. My old box of RBC setting burs are from