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15th C pliers

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:22 pm
by Lonestan
I don't know much about tools in the 15th Century, but I'm assuming they had something akin to pliers - pliers are such a useful tool that I can't believe they haven't existed for centuries, if not millennia! Does anyone know who/where to source some 15th C pliers (or something akin), please?

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:24 pm
by The_Maille_Tailor
Pliers, or at least their longer cousins tongs, can be traced back to the iron age.

Have you tried googling 'Medieval armourer' or looking up armouring books on Amazon?

I have some sources somewhere, and can dig them out if you're interested?

Failing that, I'm sure there's a smith at TORM who makes pliers for a reasonable price.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:26 pm
by Vermin
Andy Kirkham - normally at TORM - makes authenti pliers and tools

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:53 pm
by The_Maille_Tailor
That's the fella! lol

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:07 pm
by steven pole
Red Dog Forge made some bespoke pliers for me to use for my leatherwork reenactment tool kit.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:26 am
by Lonestan
You know what, Steven, that's just what I want them for too!
Thanks for the advice, all!

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:07 pm
by steven pole
Good man. :-) Here is a pic of my lovely pliers.
rsz_15th_century_pliers.jpg

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:31 pm
by lucy the tudor
Jason from Wieland also makes nice ones

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:10 am
by BYDAND
Hope you don't mind my enquiring Lucy, but I tried to look at Jason's website after meeting him at the ILHF and I couldn't access it. do you know if there has been a problem with his website at all?

He had some really good stock at the fair and I was hoping to get a better look at what he is working on.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:26 am
by Merlon.
His website is working fine for me.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:13 pm
by lucy the tudor
Try

http://www.wielandforge.co.uk/index.php/site/

it is working for me OK, and perfectly happy to be asked Bydand, Jason is a friend, and a brilliant craftsman, happy to send anyone his way for both reasons.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:29 am
by Bittersweet
Link works for me too :D
But it's very slow loading...don't know if it's the web page or my computer slowing it down.

Re: 15th C pliers

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:14 am
by Tod
Vermin wrote:Andy Kirkham - normally at TORM - makes authenti pliers and tools
He made mine years ago, they are better than my modern ones and exactly what I ordered. I'd also recommend Wieland Forge who has made some fantastic items for me recently.