Needle nose pliers have many different uses already that modifying them into something else would sound more like a fun activity than a necessity. But it is possible to modify needle nose pliers into an actual multi-tool. Apart from using the pliers for working with wires to make loops to pulling on hard objects to rip them apart, there are still two other fun uses that needle nose pliers can be modified for: a Phillips screwdriver and a knife edge. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of achieving these. The tools and materials required for the job are given below.
Phillips screwdrivers were made in the 1920s and were followed by a flurry of compatible materials produced from companies to work with and it turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. You can go and buy your own Phillips screwdriver, but why not make one of your own to save cash?
Step 1 – Heat the Metal
Use a heat source to heat one nose tip of the needle nose pliers. You have to heat it enough to be able work on it. It should turn red-hot if you want to be able to hammer the shape of the nose tip into anything useable.
Step 2 – Use the Hammer
When you’ve gotten your pliers’ nose tip red-hot, hammer it to make it flat. The idea is to not overdo the hammering, but to send good force into the few hammer shots you will be applying. The heated metal should go flat pretty easily here. If it’s not going flat, you probably need to heat it up more. Do the beating and hammering while the metal is placed on a work table and wear gloves.
Step 3 – Use the Grinder
Use a V-shaped grinder bit in a rotary tool to grind the nose tip into a Phillips screwdriver head. This is fairly easy. It will still retain the function of the nose tip, but will also function as a Phillips screwdriver when cooled down.
This is one of the easiest modifications you can do to needle nose pliers using similar instructions to the ones above.
Step 1 – Heat Source
Use the heat source to heat the other nose tip of the needle nose pliers. Heat it enough again to be able to beat it with a hammer into shape.
Step 2 – Use the Hammer
This time, use the hammer to beat the metal into a very sharp flat edge. You will achieve quite a sharp edge if the metal is hot enough.
Step 3 – File the Edge
Use a file on the new modified nose tip to make the knife edge sharper.
You have modified your needle-nose pliers into a Phillips screwdriver and a knife! Hopefully you should be able to put this to good use now.