I found this in some tools that were my late fathers. It was damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Does anyone know what it is used for?
Does it look like it could cut wire? It looks like it might be a barb wire cutting tool.
I was also thinking that it may be to cut wire, but the jaws surfaces are not sharp like a blade, but are cut flat. Also there are two set of jaws that close at the same time. Where wire cutters have their jaws sharpened and close against each other this closes like a scissors or shears, but they barely pass each other. The length is 4-3/8". The name on the pliers is "Sargent".
It looks like a crimping tool to me.
Check to see if theres a patent number on it. If there is I should be able to get you all the history for the tool.
I think it was invented by William A. Bernard then assigned to William Schollhorn Company, of New Haven Connecticut.
Then some where down the line Schollhorn Company was purchased by Sargent and Company.
The William Schollhorn Company was founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1870. William Bernard, who invented parallel-action pliers, sold his idea to the William Schollhorn Company. After 1945, Sargent and Company, of New Haven Connecticut, purchased the William Schollhorn Company and took over the production of Bernard brand tools. Museum number 2003.2
I can not find a patent number or any numbers on the pliers, but I checked the link that Gizmo gave and found a page showing a pliers that looks very similar. I have emailed the company and am waiting for a reply. Thanks, all, for responding.
I just received an answer about this tool from the company that manufactures Sargent. It is a wire cutter which has been discontinued. They didn't explain the double jaws.
It just might be it was so an electrician could cut two wires, the hot and neutral to the same length before terminations at a device like a receptacle at the same time? Not a great idea. But have no idea.
Look in the link below, is this the exact same tool.
Looks like there Sargent Sportmate pliers in this link.Look at the tool in the package. Ive found other info that some what ties your pliers to fishing. They were used to cut/bend fishing wire and crimp.
"The name on it is Sargent"
As in pet products? Could those be a set to toenail clippers for the critters?