Alex (yakshaver) wrote,
Alex
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hand-tool question

When I was a kid, my dad had several cutting tools of the basic pliers form that had a couple of complementary special features: a spring that hold the jaws open, and a latch that would resist the spring, so you could put the tool away with the jaws closed. My dad had end-nips, dykes, tinsnips, and several other tools with this pair of features. Spring-opening-jaws remain a common feature — but latches to keep the tool closed seem to have disappeared from pretty much everything except gardening shears

Two secateurs with latching handles

I do occasionally find special-purpose tools (e.g., toenail clippers) that latch. But right now I'm shopping to flesh out our toolkit at work, and just not finding them. This seems like a really odd feature to have disappeared: If you store your tools flat in a toolchest drawer or on a pegboard with a custom place for every tool, the latch is not a very useful feature. But if, between uses, your tools go into a drawer or toolbox loose, with a jumble of other tools — like at least 80% of tools in regular use — then it's a mind-numbingly obvious feature to want: It damages the edges of cutting tools to be jumbling up against one-another. And it damages the hands of anyone reaching into such a jumble to find a particular tool.

I figure (hope) I must be missing some obvious term to Google on. Surely at least one of the quality German tool manufacturers recognizes the usefulness of this feature that was common 40 years ago, and still includes it on their tools. Surely. Right?

Any and all clues appreciated.

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