Terms of the Trade: What Are Pliers?

Pliers are the perfect tool to get a grip on life. Well, at least the DIY life. Like scissors, they have a lever mechanism that allows them to squeeze or grip things between two jaws. However, pliers are also useful for twisting and cutting, depending on the material. For those with large hands and fingers, they're the perfect substitute to grip tiny objects. This hand tool comes in a variety of styles for different applications including flat nose, needle nose, round nose, crimping, and diagonal.