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Griffon Hinge and Handle Tool
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California, United States
Joined: October 21, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 03:14 PM UTC
Andras Donaszi provides a review of Griffon Model's Workable Hinges and Handles Folding Tool, and also shares his initial results using it.

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Colorado, United States
Joined: December 24, 2005
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Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 04:39 PM UTC
Neat little tool. Now why didn't I think of that??
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 04:06 AM UTC

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Neat little tool.

Yes and no.

It's not very sturdy, so if you are using thicker brass wire, the tool might end up bending. One edge has already broken off at a stress point on mine.

But it's useful for getting a proper 90 degree bend.
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Connecticut, United States
Joined: April 02, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 06:31 AM UTC
I got one of these about 9 months ago and I find it highly useful, and brilliant in it's simplicity. In my experience it does the same for 3 bucks as the $79.99 Grabhandler.
I used to scratchbuild handles with pliers and would average 2 perfectly matching handles in 8 made. This little tool gives me identical handles every try. I use 20 and 24 gauge brass wire. I make the first 90 degree bend with needlenosed pliers, then insert the wire in the tool to complete the handle. I've made dozens of handles and get perfect results every time, and my set remains undamaged. It looks too simple to work, but it really does!
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Gelderland, Netherlands
Joined: July 11, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 07:16 AM UTC
The trick I use for getting a lot of matching handles, is to use a U-beam, metal of course, and than wrap the wire around it. Pull it of, snip and voila, rows of matching handles.
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: April 05, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 01:17 AM UTC
Nice looking little tool and at $3.29 it's as cheap as a bottle of paint ! I am going to make my February pilgrimage to the local hobby shop and see if they will order it for me. If there is nothing "new" in the previously owned section I think I'll be coming home with Dragon's Puma.