In another story on this website I mentioned
that the Erik Anton Berg company made a lot more than just
chisels and plane irons. Berg was also a prominent maker of
pliers, amongst other things.
I have an unhealthy affection for those odd
tools. I like files, knives, measure tapes, and I like pliers.
They are a necessity when I restore old tools, but they are also
So there’s no surprise then that I have found
myself collecting pliers. I’m not fussy. I like American ones,
English and German ones, but most of all I am always on the
lookout for Berg pliers.
I have no clear picture of how wide their range
was as I have no documentation of Berg products. But due to my
unhealthy interest in this company I have found the range to be
I don't know what to call all these pliers so
please accept my apologies if my vocabulary is incorrect.
Insofar I have gathered 13 pliers, ranging from small nippers to
musical wire cutters, side cutters, polygrip pliers, round nose
and long nose pliers. I have also seen pictures of blacksmiths
pliers, gigantic bolt cutters and pruning scissors. Berg also
made knives, razors and cutlery.
I am expecting to do more discoveries, but
already I have seen enough to realize how much Berg produced and
better understand why the Berg line of pliers was considered so
attractive by the other Swedish tool giant Bahco, which at the
time was a market leader in wrenches.
Same model, but different clothes. A Bahco
pliers with handles clad in red plastic accompanied by a Berg
Also, another very exciting thing has come up. I
must have been blind before because I have several Berg pliers
for years and never realized that the pliers hold important
Not all, but most of the Berg pliers seems to
have been stamped with a year. I am not sure if it actually
states the year when the pliers were made or if it is a starting
year of a certain production range of pliers. But the stamps can
still prove to be very helpful as I try to pinpoint different
eras and match them up against the varying Berg logotypes and
fish depictions (read
Some of the pliers are stamped with a suffix
after the year, for example 1958-2 or 1968-3. I have a feeling
it might indicate a quarter of the year, meaning a pliers
stamped for example 1958-2 would have been made in the second
quarter and one stamped 1968-3 would have been made in the third
quarter of the year and so on.
So what does the pliers tell us about the Berg
company? Well, the range of pliers seems to have been very wide,
since all of my pliers have been found at flea markets in the
southern parts of Finland. I have not actively been hunting
these down, they have really just found their way to me.