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Issue #2309 March 2010


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Long before there were Bic lighters, pipe tongs were being used to grab small embers from a fire to light tobacco pipes. The long jaws are spring loaded to hold the coal before dropping it into the pipe. They are made from small stock (1/4 x 3/8 flat) and care must be taken not to burn or forge the parts too thin. The spring is made from high carbon spring stock that is forge welded to the end of the handle