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Chop Sticks instead of metal tweezers ?

Anyone ever found chop sticks (probably bamboo made) to be a sufficient planting tool as opposed to long expensive metal tweekers ?

Couldn't you simply sand down the tips of the chop sticks ?

Can you tell I'm a woodworker also turned to yet another hobby ?
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As good of a chopstick user that I am, the problem is the lateral slip you get with chopsticks when driving them into the dirt. To avoid slip you have to almost crush the plant, yikes. The tweezers give that tong action where you only have to provide enough pressure on the plant to grasp it lightly, then the rest of your force goes into drilling. No lateral slip with tweezers/tongs.

But as a woodworker, you could find a way to couple the sticks so there is no torsion but there is still pinching bend. For instance, Children learning chopsticks are wrapped in rubber band at the fulcrum to help avoid slippage.

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Metal tweezers aren't expensive. I got mine for under $10.


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Good food for thought I thank you ! I made some bu glueing a clothes pin to the top one time. It gives that slight opening & provides springy action & eliminates the torsion. But I can still see how long metals are still better.

Can you provide a place to get long tweezers & sissorrs for the ~$10 price range ?

Thanks for the tips !
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Can you provide a place to get long tweezers & sissorrs for the ~$10 price range ?
Bunch in Ebay...US seller..from florida. Check it out.

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Anybody have this set from eBay ? Good enough ? Poor quality ?

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I planted $20 worth of dwarf hairgrass with chopsticks. My right hand will never be the same, get the tweezers.
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