Locking Pliers
Source: Wikibooks - Down'n'dirty_Blacksmithing

"Vice grips" is the brand name. There are other brands available. While these tools might not be absolutely necessary, they come in very handy, especially until you have developed the skills to make your own tongs. Get at least one pair of heavy locking pliers. They'll serve a number of uses around your forge in various projects.

Curved Jaw Locking Pliers - Curved jaw puts tremendous pressure on four points of any style nut or bolt head; ideal for tightening, clamping, twisting and turning

Large Jaw Locking Pliers - Heavy-duty jaw grips around work of all shapes; ideal for plumbers, mechanics, welders, and others working with large objects

Chain holds and locks around any shape or size. Ideal for awkwardly shaped pieces

Locking Sheet Metal Tools - makes bending, forming, and crimping jobs easier

Locking Welding Clamp - U-shaped jaws provide enhanced visibility and more working space; holds work in proper alignment; for use in welding applications or for holding awkward shapes in place

Locking C-Clamps with Swivel Pads - Wide-opening jaws provide greater versatility in clamping a variety of shapes, swivel pads hold tapered work, awkward fabricating jobs, and delicate projects without damaging the work surface

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