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Posted on March 1, 2015 by Tony Patti
I needed and got new prescription eye glasses, and so wanted to get new glassblowing safety glasses which met two mandatory requirements for my glassblowing with a blowpipe:
My preference is for polycarbonate (PC) for impact resistance (my prescription eyeglasses are polycarbonate). Trivia: due to its light weight and high impact resistance, polycarbonate is the dominant material for making automotive headlamp lenses.
tl;dr If you do “hot glass” with a blowpipe, you want these glassblowing safety glasses, and best of all they are under $15 on Amazon! (and with an option for free shipping too)
I had been happy for many years with my clip-on Shade 2 AUR-99 which are a soft green color and available from Aura Lens. The most important aspect of my previously purchasing my AUR-99 was how well the lenses filter out (attenuate) the dangerous Infrared as well as the Ultraviolet portions of the spectrum, as shown on this image on their website at http://www.auralens.net/content/images/thumbs/0000113_aur-99-filter.png
If you take a look at page 50 of the Uvex Safety Eyewear, you will see that these safety glasses are offered in three different shades: 1.7 and 4 and 5.
The box these Uvex Shade 2 Astrospec safety glasses arrived in says “Uvex by Honeywell”, and Honeywell is a company I trust.
I have been using my Uvex Shade 2 for my glassblowing for several weeks now. My one additional suggestion is to consider microfiber cleaning cloths to remove fingerprints etc. I researched microfiber cleaning cloths on Amazon, and really liked MagicFiber’s Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths which have an amazing 4.9 out of 5.0 rating from over 3,600 customer reviews! I can’t think of any other product on Amazon which has gotten so many uniformly positive reviews! And also available with Amazon’s free shipping offer.
These are of course my personal opinions, YMMV, each person should carefully evaluate their own specific needs and requirements for safety equipment.
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