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Old 05-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #11
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I do put mine in the dishwasher every time. They are the push pull kind though, not gravity.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:07 AM   #12
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Another point.

I prefer not to have he type that you have to push/pull a slide at the top to lock the tongs. I like the kind that are gravity operated.

My Oxo is like that...don't like the push pull thingy...otherwise I like them
They all take the dishwasher bath....
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:23 AM   #13
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Sorry, but this thread has me picturing the buch of you bouncing around a backyard playing swordfight with tongs...
I gotta leave my kids more often.
Back to the point. I have oxos also. I like them.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:51 AM   #14
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Sorry, but this thread has me picturing the buch of you bouncing around a backyard playing swordfight with tongs...
I gotta leave my kids more often.
Back to the point. I have oxos also. I like them.

We don't swordfight with tongs! That's just plain silly. We swordfight with skewers.

Tongs are alien death gripper claws.
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:08 AM   #15
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I have four pair of tongs in my kitchen.

Two of the "scissors" type, one of those is ", the other is 10".

One 20 - 24" pair of tongs, just a bit piece of wire bent to shape, with the flattened ends spot-welded on, and rubber grips. I usually use these for stirring and moving coals around in my charcoal grill.

One 9" pair, brand-name "Edlund", stainless steel, SS spring, "locking" with the push-pull device. This is my hand's-down favorite pair for general use. Of course, my kids have pried the tongs open while it was "locked" shut, so the little slide is now all bent to heck and it won't lock, but it still opens and closes.

The reason my "Edlund" tongs are my favorite, is that they are the same thing that we have floating around at my job. I bought them at Williams-Sonoma about 10 - 12 years ago.

I am a big fan of tongs. I use them for everything, i.e., grabbing saute pans out of the oven/salamander, grabbing things out of the fryer, grabbing things that are just out of reach, etc. I prefer a 9" length. I can use 6" tongs equally well, but the big 12 - 14" tongs we have at work are just too freaking big. When I start my shift, one of the first things I do is remove all the 12 - 14" tongs that the day saute cook uses, and replace them with a mixed load of 6" and 9" tongs. Since I use tongs for many different things, I tend to keep A LOT on hand so that I reduce cross-contamination. Of course, I have to send them through the dishpit as needed.
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:08 AM   #16
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Mine go in the DW all the time.

I only lock them when I store them. Like all things in life, you may have to sacrifice something to get what you want. LOL
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Mine go in the DW all the time.

I only lock them when I store them. Like all things in life, you may have to sacrifice something to get what you want. LOL

I've had the push/pull locking type as well and they died the same death as all the others. It's always the spring that pops the tongs open that rusts and breaks.

It makes me crazy to toss a nice shiny pair of tongs because the two cent spring broke.
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We don't swordfight with tongs! That's just plain silly. We swordfight with skewers.

Tongs are alien death gripper claws.


I apologize for the mistake in weaponry! My boys are not allowed skewers yet, still using giant wooden spoons.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #19
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I've had the push/pull locking type as well and they died the same death as all the others. It's always the spring that pops the tongs open that rusts and breaks.

It makes me crazy to toss a nice shiny pair of tongs because the two cent spring broke.

Have you used the OXO brand? I think mine are constructed completely from SS. You may have SS paddles, but the springs are steel. I'll have some more info for you when I get home.
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I apologize for the mistake in weaponry! My boys are not allowed skewers yet, still using giant wooden spoons.
They're good puppy tail grabbers, too.
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