I have two torches, both with Smith heads. It is easy to adjust them
or change heads. Not so (in my experience) the Prestolite. When I
teach left-handers, it’s easy to accomodate them.
I have damaged joints in my hands, so it’s very difficult for me to
adjust the head on the Prestolite so it’s on tight and pointing the
way I want, and the gas knob is not in my way.
Disclaimer - the Smith torches I use are my own, used only by me.
The Prestolite torches I have used are ‘common use’ in classes and
get fiddled with by jewelers of all skill levels…they get some hard