What's the big deal about whether tongs are right- or left-handed?
I've read any number of 'recipes' for making tongs and many of them get very specific about "handedness", i.e. whether the left-side piece is the upper or lower rein.
I've made and used both 'left-' and 'right-handed' tongs and have yet to find a difference. If the joint is in good shape, the tongs work.
Have I just displayed some abysmal ignorance? Am I gonna get kicked out of the club for heresy?
(Scissors are another thing, handedness _really_ counts. I have a set of lefty scissors in my shop and they're just the thing to hand to a righty who's getting uppity without good reason.It's funny. Usually they'll hand 'em back saying they're dull. So I cut a paper towel with 'em. Right handed. And hand 'em back.)