Re: comments that Miland's pliers are expensive.
I seem to recall a lengthy discussion on Orchid a while back about
outsourcing, stuff made overseas, the evils of Walmart, supporting
local businesses, etc.
I also recall many many discussions bemoaning how hard it is to
convince customers or retailers of the value of our work - ie, the
right to charge a fair price for great work.
Miland makes these well-made tools in the U.S., and when you factor
in how specialty they are, they seem like a bargain to me.
After saving a couple of hours in fabrication time for a bunch of
production-line bangles, they paid themselves back in just a few
minutes AND increase the profit margin by a deliciously obscene
amount. Go Miland!