Author Topic: Weird Channel Lock pliers...These are somewhat of a mystery to me.  (Read 1122 times)

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Offline Scott in Bend

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$1 estate sale find.   Markings are "Channellock" and "Champion deArment, Meadville, PA USA."  Also "Zimmer", Zimmer makes orthopedic surgical tools. So, maybe Channellock custom-made these for Zimmer?.

From what I found, this is a modified Channellock Model 426 pliers circa 1951 tp 1963.  The mods appear to be professionally done and the pliers were chrome plated afterwards instead of the bare metal product.

Any thoughts on their use?

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Offline afish

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Are they all Stainless?  If so Im guessing some type of surgical tool.  They are odd for sure and I have never seen any before. 

Offline bmh

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They are made to align fractures, mostly long bones so you can plate them or do a intra medullary nail.

Offline kmickey

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Offline Scott in Bend

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Are they all Stainless?  If so Im guessing some type of surgical tool.  They are odd for sure and I have never seen any before.

Only the two clamping pieces are stainless steel.  The rest of the pliers are all forged steel.

Offline Scott in Bend

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They are made to align fractures, mostly long bones so you can plate them or do a intra medullary nail.

Thank you.  This explanation makes the most sense.  Maybe I can find a vintage surgical tool aficiendo that needs this to add to their collection.

Offline Scott in Bend

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Mini version of this. https://www.parktool.com/product/tire-seater-pts-1

Probably not the intended use, but mine were certainly less expensive.