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What additional features can end cutting and carpenter’s pincers have?

What additional features can end cutting and carpenter’s pincers have?

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Carpenter's pincers and end cutting pincers All end cutting and carpenter’s pincers work on the same principle, with handles acting as levers to operate strong bevelled jaws, but some have extra features.

Polished head

End cutting and carpenter's pincers with polished heads Good quality pincers of both types often have heads that have been polished smooth. This helps prevent marks when using them on wooden surfaces or working with delicate metal for jewellery and watches.

Hammerhead jaw

Two pincers with flat jaw on one side A few end cutting and carpenter’s pincers have a flat surface on one side of the jaws so that you can knock in nails or staples, or bang items to dislodge them. These are known as hammerhead or farrier’s pincers.

Asymmetrical jaws

Pincers with protruding jaws holding long metal rod Some heavy duty pincers feature asymmetrical jaws, meaning that the jaws are offset and protrude more on one side than the other. Jaws that are positioned with deeper cutting edges on one side of the pincers allow clearance space for long workpieces – metal rod, wire or cable – to be fed through for cutting.

Compound leverage

End cutter jaws showing two pivot points Many end cutting pincers have two pivot points, known as dual pivots, to give extra leverage (also called compound leverage). When you squeeze the handles together, the first pivot point acts as a lever on the second one, giving you much more cutting force for the same amount of effort.

Spring-loaded handles

Return springs on end cutting pincers Handles with return springs are useful on smaller pincers used for delicate tasks such as making jewellery, repairing watches, or cutting wires in a tight space where only one hand can reach. The spring automatically brings the handles back to an open position when you release them.

Because you don’t have to pull the handles apart after cutting, you can use the pincers with one hand. The springs may have either a coil or leaf design.

Slip guards

Close-up of end cutting pincer slip guards Many pincers have plastic or rubber coated handles, but some offer extra finger protection in the form of slip guards, also known as thumb stops. As the name suggests, these are small ledges moulded into the handle that help prevent hands slipping down to the sharp end in the middle of cutting or twisting.

Bi-material handles

Bi-material handles on end cutters showing plastic and rubber parts Bi-material handles have two different coatings for extra comfort and durability. The inner surface will usually be made of hard plastic to give strength and protection, while the outer surface will be covered in a softer material – normally synthetic rubber – to cushion the user’s hand.

Handle clip

End cutting pincer handles with fastener End cutting pincers with spring-loaded handles may come with a fastener to keep the handles together when in storage.

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