Last week I was at the hardware store trying to find a glue gun as well as a soldering gun that's more powerful than the lame 20 watt pencil I already had. I succeeded on both counts and came away with an extra bonus find.

weller butane torch

The Weller Mini Torch (or Weller ML-100 as it is listed on some sites) is simply more fun than any keychain tool should be.

That probably has something to do with the fact that I've had a mild case of pyromania since I was old enough to understand was fire is.

But still. It's a cool little toy that refills from a standard butane cylinder.

Posted by jzawodn at January 12, 2007 10:14 PM

Reader Comments
# Charles said:

I regret to inform you that this device is a burglary tool, commonly used for breaking windows silently. You just heat up the glass with the torch, then spray it with cold water, and it shatters silently. This technique originated in Japan and is known as yaki-aburi. I put a short news video about it on my blog, several years ago:

on January 12, 2007 11:14 PM
# said:

Probably not much good for airplanes either, but it looks to be holding less than 3 ounces so maybe they'd only strip search you once.

on January 13, 2007 02:33 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Breaking windows, huh?

Next time I visit Microsoft... :-)

on January 13, 2007 07:32 AM
# Charles said:

Oh.. it just occurred to me, there's another market for this portable torch: crack smokers.

on January 14, 2007 09:39 AM
# chad said:

We need an action shot! Let's see that baby lit up!

on January 14, 2007 11:46 AM
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