That brought back memories of 1994 when we were dating and I was the Regional Sales Manager for Weldcraft, the world’s leading TIG torch manufacturer. I was living in the western suburbs of Chicago, Saint Charles, IL to be exact. I had a nice 1,000 Sq Ft fab shop behind my ranch house.
That shop is where I tinkered with an idea to solve a major problem with the TIG torches on the market at that time. There was not a torch on the market that was ready to go right out of the box, with nozzle, tungsten, connectors and all. I also added a flat side on the handle so that the welder can know which direction the torch is facing without lifting his helmet. I built the first prototypes of what became the Crafter Series TIG torch, complete with the silicone rubber test molds, handle mock ups, etc.