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> Not affiliated with GRS, just a satisfied customer.
I'm a great big fan of GRS tools too. I remember when I first got my
benchmate, long ago, how pleasantly surprised I was that someone was
finally making high quality hand tools for bench jewelers. I also
love their micro-engraving ball and their Acrobat stand.
I'm in the flat side up camp in the big bench pin debate.
A funny little bench pin story. Although I had been working on the
bench since I was 18, my mother, (who is a super smart lady, who I
admire and love very much), had never visited my shop until I was
maybe 35 years old. She came in, looked around, walked up to one of
the benches, pointed at the bench pin and said, "Don't those things
hurt?" When I looked puzzled and asked what she meant she responded,
"Well, don't you rest your head on that when you work?"
We all cracked up and then set her straight.
I always think of that when I'm giving a shop tour to the
uninitiated. What seems obvious to us can be a confusing mystery to
people unfamiliar with the inner workings of a shop or studio.