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Old 03-13-2009, 03:53 PM
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Default Fly tying tweezers

My tying tweezers, somehow, got magnetized. This is a problem picking up hooks. How do you demagnetize them?
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:46 PM
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Hi rag,

You need one of these. It creates a field that will remove the magnetism. They are pretty cheap but I don't know where to buy one.

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Default Re: Fly tying tweezers

Degaussing requires an alternating magnetic field (AC current) magnet. You start with the degaussing magnet close to the object and then move it away from the object (zero field strength). You can build one from an iron core, some copper wire, and a lamp cord, or you can buy one for $$$.

FWIW, despite the probable advertising claims from the manufacturer a fixed pole magnet such as the one shown in Frank's post will not do the job.
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Default Re: Fly tying tweezers

if you have to buy a demagnetizer, why not buy a new pair of tweezers. unless you want to make something like mentioned above just to see if it works. i guess that would be kinda neat to see. ive never heard of that.
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Default Re: Fly tying tweezers

I've never tried it, but you could try heating them.

If they're only slightly magnetized the heat may rearrange the alignment of the molecules and reduce or eliminate the magnetism.

Heating them might ruin the temper of the metal, but it's worth a shot unless you have access to a degausser somewhere or can "MacGyver" one out of some spare parts.

good luck.

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Old 03-14-2009, 03:32 PM
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The same thing happened to my scissors. Wierd
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Hey everybody,

Maybe its the company if it happened to two people or just bad luck. What company where they? Its probably very unlikely it was the company though.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:46 AM
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Default Re: Fly tying tweezers

Hmm. I, OTOH, have trouble picking up tiny hooks, so my problem is just the opposite. I'd LIKE having magnetized tweezers but don't know how to magntize them. I have a pair of magnetized needle nose pliers I use now, but would prefer something smaller.

One man's meat, I guess.

Oh, yeah, it'd be simpler getting new tweezers tha a degausser.
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Default Re: Fly tying tweezers

Have seen the device Frank showed pics of in Radio Shack and Home Depot in Colorado, one side Magnitizes and the other demagnitizes handy to have around sometimes need to magnitize a screwdriver to retreive a screw from a tight spot and demagnitize sissors, tweezers and other smal metal objects.
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Wyatt, thanks for the info. We have a Radio Shack here in town, so next time I cruise past it...
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