Alan Revere of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts designs pliers
After two years in development, a newly refined and improved set of pliers, designed by Alan Revere, is available for goldsmiths and jewelry makers everywhere. The result of research, refinement and redesign, the new pliers incorporate a unique textured grip, which was designed by goldsmith Alan Revere of San Francisco, California. “We started with the finest German-made pliers available and added a totally new grip that increases function and efficiency. These pliers help get the job done, rather than getting in the way,” says Revere of his latest design.
A prominent jewelry author and educator, Alan Revere is a German trained master goldsmith, award winning jewelry designer, and founder of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, California. Dissatisfied with pliers currently available through suppliers, a few years ago Revere wrote an article in MJSA Journal. In it he suggested that bench jewelers rip the springs and brightly colored plastics handles off of their pliers for improved control and performance. These controversial instructions later become tip number 63 in Revere’s book, 101 Bench Tips for Jewelers, published by MJSA/AJM Press in 2004. Revere argued that both the handles and springs diminish tactile sensation, reduce kinesthetic feedback and ultimately lower the function of pliers.
Shortly afterwards, Revere was invited to a small German factory, where they have been making pliers by hand for generations. In this workshop, which takes great pride in hand craftsmanship and quality, Revere was asked to design a set of pliers to meet his ultimate expectations. He had a good idea of what he wanted; sturdy, but precise, un-plated pliers with bare metal grips and no springs. The jaws had to have a #240 grit finish, which leaves a fine “tooth” that grabs onto metal but does not mar it, as well as slightly rounded corners. While plain bare metal was preferable to plastic covered handles, Alan wanted to develop something new, something unique as well as attractive, a design that would provide more functional grip than anything he had seen.
Beginning with patterns filed into his own pliers, Revere developed several possibilities. But he soon discovered that producing them in quantity would be impossible. So working further, he came up with a new and improved grip that the German workshop could reproduce. In order to add the pattern, a new tool was required to carve the notches just as Revere had filed into his own handles.
The new grips feature a series of graduated cylindrical notches to add surface contact. This increases sensitivity, adds kinesthetic feedback and therefore elevates precision control of the tool. In addition, the grip pattern is very attractive and comfortable
Revere’s ultimate pliers are intended for serious jewelers and bench workers. Revere Pliers come in flat, chain, round and half round/flat versions. Made of top quality high carbon steel, each pair goes through 50 exacting steps in forming, shaping, grinding, finishing, texturing, etc. from the rough blank to the final finish. Each pair receives extra care and quality control, to assure that they meet Revere’s standards.
Revere pliers are available across the United States and around the world, distributed exclusively through Euro Tool, Inc. Available individually or as a set with a wooden stand, Revere pliers come with instructions on use and maintenance, as well as the history of Revere pliers.