Which iron are you referring to dwightthinker ?
People give great recommendations for great products when they're not spending their own money.It's just an iron. A piece of hot metal. There are even ones that just use fire.Get the one you posted originally, come back when it somehow isn't doing what you want it to do.
It is clear you have never used an soldering iron, more than casually.Have you ever remove 100 parts from a PC board without damaginga single pad ( including single sided )?The right iron for the right job.If all you want is a wood burner, it is no issue.Dwight
This 'pen-style' soldering iron is just about the best entry-level tool I've seen.
...the cord on this stupid thing is so stiff it's almost unusable.
Yep, a big problem (and dangerous) in colder climates.I have a Chinese rework station with the same "feature".Weller stations (have?) had super flexible silicone cords.Leo..
Showing the wrong side if you have a point about soldering
I use a very cheap soldering iron, cost me not more than $5 (300 Indian Rs). People might laugh at me but It does my job well till now. I dont solder stuffs on a daily basis. So I think for a beginner starting with a low cost soldering iron is not an issue, once the person feels more advanced soldering requirements and can spend money later for a soldering station.
Do you use a wire holder/third hand tool to hold whatever you're soldering, and is there any way you could link me to it?
I use this third hand tool while soldering. That small LED light is also very helpful, which can operate from 3 AA battery or using a power adapter.