This hand-forged 19th century pliers was found in a bucket of old Lepley gunsmithing hardware at the Alonzo Lepley estate auction in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA. The old-time gunsmiths typically made most of their own tools, and this spring-loaded pliers is an outstanding example of their resourcefulness and ingenuity. By the way, the spring-return action still works! Note the flare on the front handle, to provide more surface area for the user's fingers. This tool is made of ferrous material, and is 8-3/8" long. it was made by someone with excellent blacksmithing skills, including the knowledge of how to design, manufacture, heat-treat and temper a cantilever spring. This is truly an amazing example of the blacksmithing art.
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