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Pliers, What’s The Difference?

Xuron® long flat nose and short flat nose pliers holding a jump ring

Choosing a new set of pliers can be a daunting task.  There are so many options. Here at Xuron Corp. we’ve recently introduced even more variations to accommodate more applications.   So, what are all these pliers for?!  Read on to learn the specific features and benefits of our line of precision pliers for jewelry making.

We have six different pliers models that have straight, flat interior blades.  These will be the focus of this blog post.

450 TweezerNose™ Pliers

Very fine, precise “tweezer” like tips will handle the most delicate parts but are strong enough for forming and bending operations.  The pliers blades are smooth so they will not mark or damage your wire.  This are a great go-to pliers for wire workers.  They are fine enough to reach into tiny spaces.  My favorite application is using these to “tuck” in wire ends when wire wrapping.


485 Chain Nose Pliers

Provides the strength to grip, hold and form wire without the bulk or lack of “feel” found in traditional chain nose pliers. Excellent for wire forming, and working with jump rings.  Slightly more girth than the  450 TweezerNose™ yet still slim enough for fine delicate work.  A basic tool all jewelers should have.


475 Short Nose Pliers

A perfect pliers for chainmaille artists — the short “nose” of the pliers allows for excellent control when opening/closing jump rings. The narrow blades allow you to get into small areas and are ideal for working with small to medium sized jump rings.


485FN Flat Nose Pliers

Pliers jaws are flat and wide for bending, forming, grasping, holding and flattening wire and other materials.  An excellent tool for metalsmiths and others working with heavy materials.  The long wide blades provide extra surface area for added control and maneuverability.

483 Short Flat Nose Pliers

A short, flat nose pliers designed for chainmaille jewelry artists. The smooth, 3 mm wide jaws provide extra gripping surface on jump rings for increased control and stability during assembly.  The shorter blade provides extra stability.  When using the pliers the work is done closer to the pivot point insuring greater grip strength. These pliers can be used with stainless steel, bronze, bright aluminum, niobium, silver and copper jump rings up to 14 AWG. Partner this tool with our Model 487 Chisel Nose Pliers for the perfect chainmaille pliers set.

487 Chisel Nose Pliers

Flat, smooth blades with tips ground to a 45° angle. The angle provides extra gripping surface on a jump ring while eliminating any interference with the open working space of the ring. Strong enough to be used with both aluminum and stainless steel jump rings sized from 14 AWG and smaller.
The pliers are also useful for picking up small items and holding metal or wire while filing. Tips can be used for micro-maille and for other very small work.

To see our full range of Pliers, visit our web site at www.xuron.com.

Still not sure which is best for you?  Drop me an email  – ashley@xuron.com or give us a call  at (207)283-1401.


Ashley Bunting

Ashley Bunting

I have been making jewelry my whole life. Growing up with an electrician for a father, I was always digging through boxes of scrap wire and metal bolts and bits. My grandfather was a general do-it-all man and his workshop was an incredible place. The hundreds of tiny drawers filled with washers, screws, doodads, and light bulbs amazed me. I inherited the family love of baubles and parts. I spent my college years attending The University of the Arts where I received a BFA in sculpture. In school I discovered my appreciation of the hand-held object and explored the connection we feel towards objects. Until 2013 I worked at The Beadin’ Path in Freeport, ME where I was the head designer, taught classes, developed new products and traveled as a Sales Representative. I was also a self employed jewelry artist and author. My book, Fiber & Cord Jewelry was published in 2015. Today, I am the Marketing & Brand Manager for Xuron Corporation where I love getting my hands dirty helping with product develpment as well as creatiing marketing materials, traveling to trade shows, and connecting with the wonderful people who use our products.


  1. If I had one complaint, it would be that the handles are all to small. They are def not designed for man paws gripping them.

    • Thank you for this feedback! Are you looking for a longer handle, wider, or both? This kind of information is helpful to us for future product development.

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