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Old 06-02-2020, 06:43 PM
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Yeah Larry. They are so good. Do you have a pair with the beak tips?? Those are my favorite
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:40 AM
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Yeah Larry. They are so good. Do you have a pair with the beak tips?? Those are my favorite
Yes. I have two of the large and 1 of each of the smaller sizes. The large are my primaries that I use every day.
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Old 06-09-2020, 01:07 PM
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My best pair of jacks was made for me by Shorty Finley out of a leaf Spring on an old chevy. Those sadly vanished but they were light and held wax well.
Of all of them, I really miss the one's Shorty made but a lot of that is probably sentimental.
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I have a pair of jacks I bought from Shorty! ($15 in 1982). Long blades, the grip and top end were painted light yellow. Shorty said a friend made them from an old set of bed rails. They were my go to jacks for many years. Yes, sentimental!
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Old 06-10-2020, 12:00 AM
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Jacks are deceivingly tricky. They seem really straightforward but alignment, action, blade profile and blade composition are all pretty exacting if you want them to work well. I've made a ton of tools and have a great time doing so, but there are some tools I'd rather buy from expert makers and most bench hand tools fall into that category.

If you'd rather make your own and find the challenge fun, great, but if you appreciate that someone else has sorted this out and would rather spend your time blowing glass, consider buying some nice handmade tools.

I have two of my favorite medium jacks for sale if you're interested. Brand new Maruko (handmade in Japan); stable and smooth on the glass. They are $430 retail, I'll sell these for $390. No doubt you could make jacks for way less, but I really doubt they would be nearly as sweet as these.
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