Classic parallel pliers are essential bench item and are part of the most critical tool kit for jewelers. They are entirely different in appearance from other pliers. Parallel action pliers hold their position thanks to a compound box joint system. They provide a firm grip and won’t spring back once pressure is released.
As the name suggests, the jaws of parallel pliers remain as such along with their entire length, so you need not to worry about positioning metal within them as the results are uniform throughout. Particularly useful for wirework, these pliers are ideal for straightening and flattening out kinks in the wire, jump rings, earring fittings and much more besides, but are also useful for creating nice clean bends thanks to their uniform shape and sharp right angles.
Nylon Jaw Parallel Action Pliers
You might be surprised to discover that there are many designs available within the typical parallel pliers family. Nylon jaws are also particularly useful when working with the sheet as well as wire. This is to give you that little bit of extra confidence against damage.
You can choose from the classic flat nose design or the innovative round/nylon flat nose version pictured below. This has a combination of both nylon and steel jaws to hold work while shaping gently. Both of these pliers are supplied with replacement nylon jaws. This can also be purchased separately when they eventually wear out.
Brass Jaw Parallel Action Pliers
However, if you require a slightly firmer grip but still want to protect your work against nicks and marks, these classic parallel pliers are also available with a brass jaw. It is the same classic flat nose plier design. But the softer brass plates are positioned towards the tips of the jaws to provide a little extra protection for both bending and flattening. Brass offers a grip somewhere between the nylon and the steel options. So these pliers are ideal if you are looking for something in the middle ground.
Parallel Action Pliers for Bending Metal
If bending metal is your prime concern, then there are many other options within the range which will facilitate this. Both curves and right angles are covered. Along with some of the more complex forms such as concave (pictured below) and bail making. Each will provide uniformity and consistency to jewelry pieces, which is vital for any repeat work or small scale batch production.
The parallel action mechanism itself is tried and tested and has stood the test of time, which is why we now offer so many different variations on a classic and reliable design. Many jewelers have had their original flat nose pair of parallel pliers for years, and they are still going strong, so it is safe to say that these particular classic parallel action pliers are fantastic value for money whether you are just starting or looking for new jewelry tools to add to your existing collection.
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