Types of cutters
Pliers first appeared in Catalog C in 1926. There are several basic types:
The Linemen pliers (presumably designed as a tool for electric power lines). The original Linemen pliers were Number 137. The head is recessed, but is clearly related to the modern design. This current design is seen in the Number 56, 57, 58 and 59. All of these have a slightly different head and are 6 inches to 9 inches.
Nippers – These are Number 17 7 inches long and are basically unchanged over 80 years. The minor changes to look for are in the labeling and the handle grips
Diagonal Cutters – These come is various lengths of 5, 6, and 7 inches (Number 85, 86, and 87) and with an angle (Number 386). Like the nippers these are basically unchanged over 80 years. The minor changes to look for are in the labeling and the handle grips. Some have a recessed area for wire stripping in the cutter.
Specials There are several specials for example Number 65 Thin nose wire cutter 5 inch and Number 27 Special long thin nose and teeth 7”