What are diagonal cutting pliers?
Diagonal cutting pliers are used for cutting wires, screws and nails. They are known by many different names: side cutting pliers, side cutters, nippers and wire cutters, to name but a few!
They are called diagonal cutting pliers because the cutting blades are at an angle to the handles. This makes it easier to cut items close to something solid without the handles getting in the way.
They are small hand tools originally designed for electricians to cut small wires but they are so useful they can be found in almost every toolbox.
If you don't have a pair of diagonal cutting pliers already, read on to discover what you're missing!