where she makes excellent use of Duckbill pliers. Two of us have
looked extensively for these pliers unsuccessfully. Yesterday while
reading Jeanne McAnnich's Chain book, she too refers frequently to
Duckbill pliers. So where are they sold?
Many times the tools aren’t sold by specific type names but are
lumped into broad areas such as pliers, needle nose, thin nose,
locking etc. A ‘duck bill’ is one of these classifications. However,
due to the relatively low requirement for this type of pliers, the
term ‘duck bill’ hasn’t made it into the vocabulary of the general
Basically, a ‘duck bill’ pliers is any pliers that has a jaw that’s
about 5 times wider than the thickness. It’s not necessary for the
jaw to be any certain width to be called a ‘duck bill’; it’s the 5:1
ratio between jaw width & thickness that determines the whether a
pliers is classed as a ‘duck bill’.
I’ve gotten duck bills at Sears, Harbor Freight, hardware &
industrial tool stores, auto parts stores & just about anyplace that
sells tools. Pliers aren’t always sold by ‘type’, you might have to
look at the pliers & decide for yourself if the jaw shape is what you
want. The only place I’ve seen pliers sold as ‘duck bills’ was at
industrial tool & auto parts stores (& not all of these). Some ‘duck
bills’ have square cornered jaws & some are slightly rounded.
If you can’t find a pliers that fills your requirement for a wide,
thin jaw, you can make your own. Grind or file the jaws on a pliers
that has the correct width jaw to the desired thickness.