I'm interested in the Hoke-Jewel that uses Oxygen and
My advice? Please don’t bother with the Hoke. Since it is now
manufactured in China, the only thing it has in common with Hoke
torches of the past is its external appearance. A useless piece of
junk now,and I believe it is being discontinued as well.
If you like that style of torch, try the Meco Midget (which might
also be discontinued now but still to be found). More expensive, but
it gives you the range of a (vintage) Hoke. I used to build
"ballerina" style mountings, some with over 100 solder joints in a
single ring. I used a Hoke, and I modified tips myself adding
smaller diameter tubing (before the kits with small tips were
Does anybody have any idea where I could get the PrestoLite
I'm talking about? Or any about 'Artificial Gas'?
You shouldn’t have trouble finding the PrestoLite. Try Rio Grande.
I can’t remember offhand, and my catalogs are in my office while I’m
working at home this evening, but check with Frei & Borel, and
Stuller too. It’s a widely distributed product, and I’ve seen
equivalent torch setups at local welding supply stores (at least they
could order them).
The most popular gas/oxy torch is probably the Little Torch, which
is a great torch. But there’s nothing between the number 7 tip and
their “rosebud” type melting tip so larger silver articles are a
problem. You could always buy an extra 7 and bore it out, I suppose.
David L. Huffman