A brief history of Combination Pliers

A brief history of combination pliers

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Pliers are an ancient invention Pliers are considered an ancient invention, and no one can be sure when they were first created. They are believed to have developed from tongs and worked with a pincer action, with two blade-like pieces joined with a flexible strip. It is thought they were first used for holding objects in fires – for instance, when people began smelting and forging metals.
Ancient Romans invented the design seen in pliers and scissor, where two levers are joined The modern design of pliers, with two levers joined at a pivot point for cutting and gripping, is thought to have been invented by the ancient Romans. This basic design has not changed much since then.
Levers are simple machines. Pliers are two fist-class levers joined together The lever itself is an ancient simple machine: a mechanical device which can amplify or change the direction of a force. The idea of simple machines began with the Greek philosopher Archimedes around the third century BC.
Pliers come in hundreds of different designs Now, pliers come in many shapes and sizes, often with added features. Combination pliers combine a standard gripping tool with a cutting tool. Other pliers may have specialist functions, like wire stripping pliers, or round nose pliers designed to create neat circles when bending materials like wire.
Wonkee Donkee says "The female martyr, Saint Apollonia, is often depicted in art holding a pair of pliers. This is because she had all her teeth pulled out, or shattered, before her death!"