I have been restoring a set of dining chairs in the previous week, stripping back upholstery and removing upholstery tacks. I have estimated 300 tacks per chair or 1200 tacks in total. Pincer pliers are one of the tools I have had problems with over the years. There have been a number that have been thrown out in disgust within a week of purchase. They don't sit in the hand right or they wont dig in under the tack head. I picked up my current set some time in the last ten years. They have a very flat nose with next to no bevel so they dig in under most nail heads. Probably the most notable feature is that when they close around a nail head the handle is in the perfect position for my hand to apply maximum pressure.
With my new appreciation for forge work I thought I would clean off the paint and epoxy and take a closer look. To my amazement the handle is stamped "E. A. Berg Eskiltuna Sweden". That would explain it. I now need to find a replacement and keep these away from all the paint and epoxy.