These pliers are used to open most sizes of bows, links and rings without effort and without overly distorting the ring. Unlike traditional pliers, the jaws of bow-opening pliers open rather than close as you squeeze the handles. The grooves on the outer edge of the jaws hold the ring to minimize slipping; the jaws open smoothly and evenly, exerting pressure on the ring to force it open.
• These pliers have a lap joint; one half of the joint overlaps the other, and a pivot is set through both halves.
• A coil spring holds the pliers closed. A coil spring is made of a simple coil of wire tempered to hold its hardness and spring back to its original shape after being compressed; the coil is attached to the inside surface between the tool handles.
• The plastic-coated handles ensure a comfortable and secure grip.