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Image of 2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. 
The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. 
The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. 
The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly.  The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly. The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

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