Chain-Nosed Pliers

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What Are Chain-Nosed Pliers?

Chain-nosed pliers, some times referred to as flat-nosed pliers, are flat on the side of the plier's nose and a little curved or rounded on the outside of the nose. They are very versatile and used by jewelry designers for all kinds of different applications.

How Are Chain-Nosed Pliers Used?

It is difficult to pin down "one" use for chain-nosed pliers. Often, jewelry makers use them as extra fingers for a variety of tasks, such as holding jewelry components or bending metal and wire.

For example, a jewelry maker working with wire might use them to bend wire at a 90 degree angle when making unwrapped loops.

What Should You Look for in a Pair of Chain-Nosed Pliers?

When selecting a pair of chain-nosed pliers, considering the following tips:

  • Make sure the inside of the nose, the flat area, is smooth and not textured. If textured, it could mark wire or metal when you are using it.
  • Try to find a pair that have a spring handle. This will make your hands do a little less work and help avoid hand fatigue.
  • Make sure the handle fits your hand. Some may be too large and other may be too small. The ends of the handles should fit easily inside the palm of your hand.
  • A good pair of chain-nosed pliers doesn't necessarily equate to an expensive pair. Look for a moderately priced pair and consider purchasing two because often you may want to use one in each hand when working with components such as when opening and closing jump rings.