Cheap tools are just that, cheap. I unfortunately own quite a bit of
Pepe tooling and only because, that’s all there is to purchase. If
there is something better made and costs more, I’ll buy it. I have
purchased no less than four circle cutters from Pepe, finding the
them absolutely inferior products. One set, because the cylinder was
slightly off center from the receiving hole, when trying to cut
metal, fractured the round cutter into two.
I purchased a nifty magnetic third hand, which again failed with the
screw mechanism to hold the crosslock tweezers was drilled slightly
off center. Good idea made poorly.
Aren’t you tired of paying up the nose again and again, because
there is nothing better out there? A rolling mill is one thing. I
believe you get what you pay for. Yes the $200 is an attractive price
vs. $700 or even $1000 for a decent rolling mill, but a $200 mill
isn’t attractive if it doesn’t work, it is now land fill.
A friend of mine received from a Peddinghaus goldsmithing hammer
that was chrome plated over mild steel. What the???
We are not starving students anymore, we are adults, we are
PROFESSIONALS and want GOOD tools. So hear my plea all you suppliers
out there. We are willing to pay for the good stuff if it is a well
made tool. Remember the Yugo, Pacer, Pinto and the other horrid cars
which we rushed to buy because they were affordable.
I paid a lot for my durston rolling mill, and it is still there
doing its job with excellent company service.
A student snapped one of my expensive Lindstrom pliers, and Allcraft
replaced it at no charge. I do a lot of business with Allcraft
because they are good business people.
I ordered a three sided scraper, an elegant little tool that a
friend had showed me. It was about 10 years old. I saw one in the Rio
catalog and ordered one. It came from Pepe. I returned it
immediately. The three sides were not three equal sides, and the way
it had been fabricated, I could have done it myself. I returned it to
Rio, and was immediately credited. Good company service, but bad
So tool suppliers out there. Here our pleas. We want quality
tooling. Swanstrom, they are good and they make excellent pliers.
Foredom is good, they are excellent as well. Their products are made
in the good ol USA. Hey MJSA, are you listening?
The rush to manufacture crap overseas is biting us back big time.
This landfill mentality has got to stop. It’s getting harder and
harder to find decent hammers, stakes, mandrels to satisfy a hungry
crowd. We find the books, articles and the thread on Orchid, but
quality should be the number one thought on every suppliers mind.
Jewelry education is no different. Just because you spent 3 hours
taking a wire wrap class, this does NOT make you a jewelry designer
or a teacher. Would you go to a doctor that has taken a Red Cross
First Aid course and hangs out a shingle to treat people?
Are we beginning to be too small of a market for the big folks to
care? I hope not. Look at jewelry. Do we want something that costs a
little bit more which is hand wrought, elegant, has mechanistic
precision, or do we sit in front of our TV’s and by junk from QVC,
only to find ourselves walking that piece of junk to our nearest
bench jeweler for repair.