Ah! Rio Grande...(sigh!)...I have read every issue, cover to cover, ever since receiving my first one, They are just chock full of useful information about the tools, reference information,and pretty, pretty tools!
I gravitate toward resources who give a lot of detailed information up front, which helps me to figure out what questions I should be asking myself about the product and my needs, which then results in more confident, and smarter purchase decisions. @RioGrande never disappoints in this respect, and if I have a question, I feel very comfortable about picking up the phone and asking a question. Their sales and tech support experts are so nice! It is like having really smart jewelry friends just a phone call away...they are on my speed dial!
Their catalogs are reminiscent of when my family would receive the Sears Christmas Catalog in the mail when I was a young girl...I would pour over every page, making lists of all the things I wanted for Christmas...the list would get revised and grow longer and longer as the months went by...
Rio Grande catalogs are even better than the Sears Christmas catalogs.!..I don't have to wait till Christmas (for most things!) and I am old enough to buy my own things!
Currently on my wish list:
Microscope for engraving (need one!)
Pulse arc welder (fantasize about one!)
Bonny Doon vertical bench vise! (for mandrels, etc)
some line gravers
some cool new forming pliers (so many new ones!)
a nice thin sharp pair of snips
a new solder pick
Fretz sledge hammer
(and more space in my studio!)
curious!..."What's on your list?"