Lindstrom 47i pliers

A few weeks ago I won some Lindstrom pliers on Twitter.  (@lindstrom_USA if you want to follow them)  Today they asked what I thought of them.  Since you have limited space on Twitter, I figured I would write them up here.

First, let me say I was excited when I won.  I have lots of pliers, and I like them all for different reasons and different uses.  I knew these would be a chain nose plier, and I knew they were a new product.  Anybody who uses pliers for jewelry probably knows the name Lindstrom, and their reputation.  Who wouldn’t want a pair for free?

When I first received them I was quite surprised just how long and tiny the nose was.  These will really get into some tight spaces, that’s for sure.  The handles have a nice foam padding, return springs that seem to be quite hardy, and overall nicely constructed, just as you would expect from them.  They advertise the handle as 4 1/2″, which is a bit small for my big paws, but I am used to it, and quite honestly, with such a fine tip, I think I would have had problems had the handles been any longer.  The jaws have a nice finish to them, and the edge is not sharp, so they should not mar your delicate rings. Because the tip is so fine, I think I would worry about using them on anything bigger than 20g in a soft metal.

I did notice that while the side edge of the jaws had a nice, non sharp edge, the front edge on the tip was not quite as smooth.  This has no effect on how I use them, but it might come up for others.

My only other issue was that I only had one.  I am very used to using 2 of the same plier, and it made me feel lopsided.  = )

Lindstrom 47i plier

For those that will ask, the bracelet is a European 4-1 on the Bias.  22g, 5/64″ ID in sterling silver.  Approx 8″ long and contains approx 1300 rings.  (and no, I did not use any magnification to build it)

Overall, this is a very nice plier that will find a home on my bench for the tiny/tight patterns I like to do.

Remember, It’s in the Maille!

History, Chainmaille, and the circle of life

This will a bit different entry than you are used to seeing from us here, but it’s important to me and kind of ties into what we do here.

I had originally planed to write this last year, on this exact date, but alas, there were greater plans for me. I ended up in the hospital having emergency surgery. Why is this day important? Today marks the 2 year anniversary of my grandfathers passing, and now the 1 year anniversary of my surgery.

My Grandfather was one of the kindest, generous, warm hearted, friendly people you could ever hope to know. When I “Grow up”, I hope I can be even half the man he was.

Flash back to 15 or so years ago. My grandmother and him gave me a brick of silver. I put it in a safe and left it there.

In 2007 we knew he was sick (cancer) and didn’t have much more time with us. I took that brick of silver, had it turned into wire, and made everybody in the family some chainmaille out of it. This included my grandfather. This was my Christmas gift to everybody.

A few short months later he passed.

One of his wishes was that anything that was given to him by one of his children or grandchildren, went back to them. So I got back the bracelet I had made for him. (18g HP4-1) This was especially meaningful for me since I didn’t get to make myself something out of the silver as I had pretty much ran out after making something for everybody else. (We have a large family) I cherish it to this day and only wear it on special occasions.

A few months later when the family gathered to finish up estate issues, one of my Aunts happened to find 2 chainmaille purses. After much discussion (and later research) it was found that these actually originally belonged to my grandfathers grandmother. This dates them back to early 1900, possibly even late 1800.

To shorten this up a little, I now have 2 chainmaille purses that not only have family history, but date back quite a ways.

When I got them I found a few broken links and had originally planned to repair them, including polishing them up, but have had a change of heart and have decided to leave them as is so I can have them as they were last used.

Remember, It’s in the Maille!