Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Review of Debby Burk's New Pince-Nez Readers

[My learned colleague wrote his own review of Burk's new readers which was discussed on our last post.]

The new rimless hoopspring pince-nez readers are, like the earlier version, an excellent inexpensive "modern" pince-nez.

There are several design improvements: small, oval lenses sitting lower in the "straps" and a bridge spring which attaches via screws to the mounting along with the nose guards. This pince-nez is basically an exact copy of the classic antique rimless hoop spring circa 1900 version.

The simple yet elegant minimalistic look enhances the face rather than detracting from it the way most modern eye-wear does.

The mounting is constructed of inexpensive gold colored metal.This negative aspect has a positive side effect. Like Burk's earlier version, this pince-nez has absolutely amazing flexibility which results in an ease of adjustment to fit the individuals nose bridge with total comfort and security. The silicone nose pads which are provided should be applied to the nose guards for added comfort and they give a very secure attachment of the pince-nez to nose bridge. Properly fit and adjusted this pince-nez will not pose and stability problems even during extreme physical activity.

Another wonderful feature is that this pince-nez could be re-lensed should the buyer wish to wear it full time.

Since there is no other modern pince-nez which "works," this is the only choice for those who don't wish to purchase an antique version.

The $30.00 price tag is an amazing bargain.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The New Debby Burk Pince-Nez Readers

I received the new hoop spring pince-nez reader from Debby Burk Optical last week. The price has gone up to $30 but I believe this price is a bargain for a now faithful reproduction of the classic hoop spring. Burk took our advice and made the new lenses smaller and they are now in more of an oval shape. Also, the mounting is constructed in an identical manner to the antique hoop springs in that the nose guard is detachable and secured by a screw to the main spring.

Burk also includes a pair of silicone nose pads. I find the pads greatly improve one's comfort and security while wearing pince-nez. You will probably want to use them but they are not required for short term wear.

This is the instruction sheet included with the set. I'm glad that they advise wearing the glasses on the upper part of the nose.

I tried to disassemble the nose guard. Unfortunately I have a cheap set of small screwdrivers so I gave up. I'm sure that one would be able to take it apart with a good set. Personally, I would not swap prescription lenses with this mounting. The material is nowhere near the quality of antique mountings. It is possible to swap lenses if one so desires. This is a personal choice.

Burk is to be applauded for the great improvements to these inexpensive readers. If you are considering pince-nez and have not previously worn this style, I strongly encourage you to get these readers. Also, these glasses do make an excellent reader and are quite attractive.


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