My new pliers.

When I was downtown the other day I stopped at
Dutch's Pawn Shop to get a new pair of pliers
to replace the old ones that had been stolen by
the Tool Elves or whatever.

They had a whole box full of about 20 different
pairs of pliers, from new shiny ones to old ones.
I was originally drawn to the newer looking ones,
but then I saw this pair that looked liked they
would have been from the 1940s or 1950s. Sort of
the pair of pliers my fictional private eye might
have kept around the house — although I imagine
they would have looked a lot newer back in 1953.

In spite of their very antique appearance, the
pliers where fully functional as a tool. And in
fact they looked more solid than a lot of the
newer ones.

The price was $0.50 cents.

I bought them. I think they are beautiful.

Now all I have to do is find a pair of used
needle-nose pliers to replace the ones that
have gone missing.