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What type of tongs do you use, and why?

I recently had a some cheep $10 tongs and they bent on me when picking up a roast ham. I when to WS and got Silicone Nonslip Tongs and so far i this they're the best i have used so far.
Whats you take on Tongs?

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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  1. I have two. My main one is a stainless steel tong. My other one is a freebie tong from the Wokshop made of bamboo. It is long and narrow and it is useful for finer things. It almost looks like this, but not quite:

    http://www.kids-table.com/images/prod...

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      the bamboo one look very useful for tricky pickup

      1. re: ukjason

        :) I actually used it a few time for seasoning my cookware. You know... like using it to hold a paper towel to wipe a hot pan with oil. I think you can probably get one from your local Chinatown or Asian supermarket for $1-2.

        http://www.amazon.com/Bamboo-Wood-Toa...

    2. i use a pair of simple stainless steel tongs from a restaurant supply store, usually browne brand , any of the pull tabs or other locking mechanisms drive me nuts

      http://www.katom.com/largeproducts/15...

      1. http://www.edlundco.com/catalog/categ...

        I've been using Edlund stainless steel tongs for decades without problems. Available in standard and heavy duty, locking and non-locking, in various lengths.

        1. I like Cuisipro tongs. Available in plain steel and silicone tipped, wide range of sizes/colors, excellent locking mechanism, easy to clean, and reasonably priced. What more to you need in a pair of tongs?

          EDIT:

          LOL! Just checked your link -- those are Cuisipro tongs shown in the picture. They also make the more common scalloped-edge kind, both plain steel and silicone-coated.

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          1. re: tanuki soup

            +1 for the Cuisipro tongs. I think I use tongs more than any other cooking implement and I have several sets. My go to is the Cuisipro. Their locking mechanism is the best, the spring tension and opening width is just right, and they are nice and sturdy. My second favorite is a tie between an old pair from the restaurant supply that is held closed with a removable wire bit that I'm always afraid I'm going to lose, or an Orka pair with silicone ends.
            I was just trying to find a couple of good pairs for a friend, and it seems like everything else sucks and is junky/flimsy/locks poorly compared to the Cuisipro.

            ETA I like these better than what's linked above: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-Silico...

          2. I have a small pair of stainless tongs but I also have a pair of heavy duty aluminum tongs that I purchased for a restaurant supply store.