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Possibly, the Gentech is a indifferently made piece of Chinese mass
production that is produced solely to reach the bottom dollar price
point and the Smith is a precision tool made with exacting quality
standards and controls. If you feel comfortable running flammable,
potentially explosive gases through an item with questionable
quality control to save a few bucks go right ahead. I am not above
buying Chinese tools and I don't have an ax to grind with the
Chinese. Actually I am in awe of their past cultural achievements.
But their current manufacturing processes control and quality are so
wildly variable that I will not buy any precision tools from them. A
cheap hammer, a tool that I need for a one time job or one that will
be horribly abused maybe, but where safety, precision or reliability
is important, no way will I buy Chinese.
jbin AT mokume-gane.com
James Binnion Metal Arts