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Greetings Red,


The second one is a line mans electrical terminal crimper...  I have a few of them and they are very handy at the forge for holding on to flower and leaf stems ....  Don't give the first on to your girlfriend.. LOL


Forge on and make beautiful things


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Gotta say I don't know that I've ever seen anything like those used for crimping by lineman.  I'm a Journeyman Electrician not a lineman and I certainly don't mean to assume I've seen it all.  I did notice that the tool is double jointed and sports a profile on the opposite sides that appears to coincide with both jaws making a series of round holes.


The gap between points as it's sitting now looks a lot like packing crate staples.


The locking ring on the handle seems more in line with a tool intended to clamp and hold stock.  To that end it occurred to me that it might be useful as a nail header, a pipe flaring tool, and a staple bender.


Another option that comes to mind is that the two grooves might be to clamp wires prior to twisting them.  The locking handle might be helpful in that respect.  I kinda wonder if it's intended for wire fencing where such operations would be frequent.

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I can't see those markings on my monitor but I'll take your word for it.  Are there markings on both the single hole and the duplex ones?  Do they say AWG?  I really wish I could see it better - you've got me curious for sure!


Maybe I'm just getting stuck on a detail but the locking loop on it strikes me as an indicator of a different purpose.  It took extra work to make that loop so they must have had a reason.


Every crimping tool I've ever used was designed to magnify force on the crimping surface then get out of the way. There's never a time I can think of where you'd want to crimp and hold like a clamp.  I can imagine however that this could be useful as a heat sink when soldering.


I'd like to know more about these tools.

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I believe its one of these. I have a small modern pair.


They lock to let the stress of the bent metal relax before you let go.


You can use them for rope or wire rope. Slide back the cover of a guy wire from a telephone pole and usually you will see one of the crimps.




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Charles R. Stevens

Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:12 PM

Rock star, the AT&T splice is better for fence work, it certainly looks like a crimper to me, but it's probably older than I am, so experience of us "young folks could be limited.


By AT&T splice, do you mean something like this ?




If so, that is more accurately titled a "Western Union Splice" as it originated in repairing the single conductor telegraph lines way back before AT&T was imagined.


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Kinda, LR, hold the two conductors in the middle, bend one 90 degree and rap it round the other, repeat on the other side. Strain will pull the two to gether instead of apart. Not the pretreat job, but it shows it. Works on mutable strands as well. Just rap around the bundle and keep breaking out a new wire till you run out of wire. The last pic is a loop,and not a splice but it should give you the idea.



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The first one is a self help tool for bill collecting and the second one is a nicropress.  Versions of nicropresses are used for electrical wire, marine rigging wire and for fence wire splicing.  In regards to barbed wire be very careful putting too much of a load on the pressed splices, my learned that the hard way.

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