Yikes! I didn't think about my FACE!!!! Can you tell me where you
purchased your face shield?
Sure thing. One of my favs: Lee Valley Tools (www.leevalley.com). It
is item 22R0537. Once you hit the front page of their site just type
the item number into the little “Jump to Item” box on the left hand
side and it’ll take you straight to the item details and pricing. It
is currently listed for US$20.
FWIW all the major suppliers have similar products. Rio Grande, for
example, has a lightweight face shield (p.455, item A) for less but
frankly I prefer the greater coverage of Lee Valley’s. I tend to do a
fair amount of tool making and modification and that means a lot of
steel grindings flying around. The Lee Valley shield reaches down to
my chest and it does make a difference in terms of how much ambient
stuff gets to your face. If you wear a “paper” dust mask while you’re
doing a heavy job you can see the difference in the amount of junk
imbedded in the dust mask.
Also pretty much any wood or tool supply depot you walk into will
have at least one or two face shields available. For me the issue was
the availability of replacement shields which many “depot” type
places don’t offer. I use one (severely pitted!) shield for heavy
grinding and cutting, another for regular stuff and a third for
whenever I need maximum clarity. Taking one shield plate off and
replacing it with another takes less than a minute with the Lee
Needless to say you’ll have to judge for yourself how much of my
experience is relevant to your work. I realize that not everybody is
quite as enthusiastic about reshaping their hammers or making a
particular style of punch as I have a habit of being.
As usual the “me happy customer” disclaimer applies.