I know what ya mean about having got used to them. I love the way
the feels in your hand. The one I learned on was great. It two year
constant use to get it there, but the valves were smooth as silk. I
thought I had great tecknique in my second year on the bench till the
Italion came in.
We had this guy come in to get us caught up with work. He had worked
in a italion factory where he had learned. Oh my gosh, he use the
biggest tip we had and the flame was a foot long. He held the rings
in his fingers while he solder them. He had scar tissue build up on
the tips and it would burn as he solder away. He was just incredible
I did learn a few things from him but never really tried to copy the
way he did thing to closely. There have been a few thing that I’ve
change over the years that are different from when I learned. My own
shop doesn’t have the faint gas smell to it like the old shops used
to. I painted the wall white, to reflect more light. The old shops
were always gray with soot.
I swear half of the jewellers were deaf because of the Handler dust
control system and the sonic. Those I 've isolated because I do like
to still hear. There are many things that were simple accepted
no had taken the time to figuire out a better way.
I love the way a hoke feels but there are better torches. Hoke
should do some R&D and figuire out a better valve.
Talk to ya later,
Alpine Custom Jewellers & Repair