I’ve been soldering things since I was in junior high school, and…that was a long time ago. I’m good at it. I haven’t had a soldering injury for fifteen years. But when you do most of your soldering between midnight and 2am, you’re bound to make a mistake sooner or later.
So allow me to summarize the advantages and disadvantages of getting intimate with your soldering iron:
|Wound is sterile due to high temperature.||Disconcerting burned-human-flesh smell.|
|Wound doesn’t bleed due to instant cauterization.||Hurts like a motherf****r.|
|Leaves a mark.|
So given all that, I’m going to have to go out on a limb and officially not recommend stabbing oneself with a precision 18W soldering iron as I did last night. The more you know.