mageta wrote:Haha, I was actually going to head down to the local smoke shop to grab one of those drug scales "I swear it's only for tea!"
Well you know what "tea" is slang for, right?
Anyway, I was kind of joking, but the model I have is the My Weigh model that's a hemp / plastic composite, so I think the target demographic is kind of clear, especially from the description on their site.
A kitchen scale is very useful too, so if you think you'd use one for cooking, just get one with enough precision, and use that. Personally, I like having the really small size for measuring tea.
As far as the more general question here (whether or not I use a scale), most of the time, I do not use a scale (though I own one). You can eyeball most teas pretty well once you get a little practice, and get a sense of what kind of taste you prefer. A scale is good for consistency, or for brewing a rare tea that you don't have a lot of. Also useful when dealing with teas which have small / broken up leaves, or which are tightly compressed. I used to be completely against using scales for tea brewing, but I have gotten to appreciate some of the benefits, so now I'll measure once in a while. Just don't rely on it as too much a crutch, or you'll never develop a more intuitive sense of how much tea to use.