Handedness in Tongs

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.)

- Carl

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No big deal as far as I can see, I suppose if you has a set of offset tongs that are designed to be used left handed then you might have an issue using them right handed.

A standard set of wolf jaws can be used in either hand, along with any standard straight tongs.

Regards Charles P.S. I'd like to see an > What's the big deal about whether tongs are right- or left-handed? >

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It's common in manufacturing to call-out parts in a "handed" manner. I believe you could say it's a shorthand phrase meant to allow the manufacture of an "opposite handed" part without having to execute another drawing (which will have only minor variations from the original).

dennis in nca

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