Greetings to all!
I have been making jewelry for a year and a half now, self-taught
through the excellent info Orchid brings, videos, books and trial &
error. I study the catalogs to understand what tools are used for
what operations and hopefully use my tools for something close to
their intended purpose. And each time I pick up a file or saw or
buff, I find myself wondering, “How long should this thing be used
before it needs to be replaced?” Saw blades are easy – they break.
Buffs (on a Foredom) seem to work better with a little age on them.
Files? How do I know? Shouldn’t they last close to a lifetime with
careful care? And what IS careful care? My charcoal block – it’s
cracked now because I dropped it (don’t have the lazy-susan for
turning during soldering). Should it last years?
So, my question to you mavens of metal & minerals: How do you (I)
know when it’s time to replace a tool?
Thanks in advance; I love this group…