Hand tools-Pliers


Breaking Pliers

Standard Breakers

Right behind the glass cutter itself, this is the most important tool in the kit of the veteran glass worker.  Use it to open up the score on any piece of glass that is too narrow to get hold of bare handed. 
It is also helpful in starting the run of a score.
Padded handle for comfort.

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Combination Pliers- Breaker/Grozer

If you don't have a grinder, you need this one!  It combines the function of the standard breaker (above) with the old fashioned grozing pliers allowing you to smooth your glass edges or even reshape your glass pieces.

As with any combination tool, one function or another is bound to suffer, and standard breakers like the one above are just plain better for breaking.  Note that there will be times when you need to have two pair of pliers, one in each hand to cut really skinny strips, so if you make this your second pair, you've got all the bases covered!
Padded handle, spring loaded jaws.


 

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Narrow Grozer

These are great for getting into those tight inside curves and such.
Padded handle, spring loaded jaws.


 

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Running Pliers

Fletcher Short Handled Running Pliers

Running pliers do the work of two hands in applying precise pressure to the bottom under the scoreline and on the sides to drive the score through the glass.

Standard runner types are only effective on straight lines and single curves, but do not do well on compound curves.


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Fletcher Long Handled Running Pliers

The long handled runner is the most effective runner for long straight cuts.


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Metal Running Pliers

I've never had much experience with the metal runners personally, but folks come in looking for them from time to time, so we keep them around.

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Glass Snappers

The Glass Snapper has about the narrowest jaw of any running pliers.  This makes it capable of removing the narrowest pieces and working well on the tightest of the single curves.  Like other standard runner types, it does not excel at compound curves.

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GlaStar RingStar Pliers

The RingStar Pliers is a running pliers with a twist!  Whereas standard runners can only handle straight lines and single curves, the RingStar can handle any compound curve, as long as it doesn't go deeper into the sheet than the jaws can reach.

Just center the score line by looking through the hole in the pliers jaw, and gently squeeze.  Move along the line and repeat until the glass parts!


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Also check out our specialty breaking tools!  Click here.

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