A brief history of bolt cutters

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Man hammering heated metal bar to make early bolt cutters Bolt cutters were used as far back as the 18th century, although they were manufactured using less sophisticated methods and from cruder metal than the hardened steel versions we have today.
Pig iron, the starting point for the iron used for making bolt cutters in the 18th century Early types were made from unrefined “pig” iron treated in an iron forgery to produce “bar iron”, which¬†was then hammered into the required shape for the tool.
Early pair of popular brand HK Porter bolt cutters from USA From the mid-19th century, steel-making became widely adopted as a manufacturing process. Tools like bolt cutters began to benefit from the hardness of steel and the improved quality and consistency of post-Industrial Revolution production methods.
Dock worker opening sea container with bolt cutters Since then, bolt cutters have been an essential tool in the kitbag of shipyard and dock workers. They use them for snipping bolts off containers and for cutting through the thick chain and wires in use on massive sea-going vessels.
Wonkee Donkee says: "Interesting fact! Bolt cutters got their name on the docks, where they have traditionally been used to cut the bolt seals off sea containers."
Builder using bolt cutters to cut wire structures Their formidable strength and ability to slice through many metals has also made them a must-have tool in the modern construction industry.