National 3B-B torch with "B" threaded hose connections
Ratings & Reviews
A very versatile hand torch
by Roger C -
The National 3B is one of the best. I keep one of these next to my workbench at all times. It's a great addition to my larger bench burner. This torch can produce dozens of different flames just by changing the tips. The #3 single orifice tip is a great all purpose tip and is excellent for the beginner. If you want something with a little more power, then I would recommend an 11 hole hush tip. This torch is fuel efficient and the oxygen consumption is reasonable. Add the bench mounted base and it also works great as an all purpose bench burner. This torch is great for boro glass, but can be a little too hot for soft glass if you're not careful. If you're into boro sculpture add one of these to your work bench and it's like having an extra helper.
Life is so much easier for me now.
by Donny M -
Very good for getting into all of those nooks and crannies. Also very good for healing small cracks. Good for connecting 2 pieces together. Very precise flame.
by Joe L -
The national 3B is a good standard hand torch. There are many different tips available, and even a retro fit kit to use the smaller hand torches tips. Other than being slightly bulky in comparison, this torch can do everything a Smith or Gentec can. This version has the fittings to screw up to fresh hoses. While the 3B-A has barbed connections for cut hoses. I highly recommend at least 1-2 hand torches per station.
20 years and still kicking
by Kevin Cantile
I started on a National hand torch. With the stand it becomes a very practical bench torch with the option for different speciality tips as well as becoming the hand torch it was designed to be if you upgrade. 20 years later I find myself back on a National as my main torch. Technically I have 2 of them piggy backed so I don't have to switch tips to fume easily and melt bigger pieces. I have made very large pieces with a National and like all men who have a small torch would say.... It is not the size of the torch, it's how you use it. I would never regret buying my National or the 3 others I have in the studio. A practical torch you can always find a use for, even if you have a fancy. One day you will want it.