We’ve all said it. You’ve said, I’ve said it. Like I said, we’ve all said it. You buy average tools all the time, and you buy quality tools only once. Or maybe you said, the right tool makes the job easier. The question is, do you really believe it?
I was doing some painting yesterday. I noticed the paint needed to stirred up. So I reached for my official Tamiya paint stirrer. Yes, that’s right. I have an official paint stirrer. I could have used a tooth pick, but I employed the paint stirring tool.
At a 300 yen price tag (actually I bought it for 240 yen…and I won’t tell you where just in case Tamiya takes their recommended sales price overly seriously) I could have bought a box or two of toothpicks. All I can really say, is that it was definitely worth it. Two hundred and forty yen is just shy of three Canadian dollars, when tax is figured in. Of course, I bought it in Japan, so if I include the price of airfare the overall price really skyrockets.
It isn’t so much that it works better than a toothpick, or that I couldn’t have MacGyvered something similar with a coat hanger, but I just feel that much more purposeful. I feel like I am really working on a project and that the project is not working on me. It is one less thing to worry about while I concentrate on the real task.
Sometimes you just need to have the right tools. In my various hobbies, I have spent the money sometimes, and cheaped out sometimes. Sometimes I have been creative and found very workable things at dollar stores. Who knows? All I know for sure is that the money I spent on the paint stirrers was not a waste.