Crimping involves joining connectors, cables, and other metal pieces by deforming them to hold onto one another. Simply put, crimping tools are used to form a strong, reliable bond between items like cables and wires. The deformation formed is called the crimp, or seal, and the tool used is what forms the connection between metals and other ductile materials. Crimping is employed widely in electrical work, manufacturing, and by engineers and mechanics who crimp a variety of materials. When used in electrical work, crimping is used in order to connect wires. Crimping tools are used to make sure the connection made is correctly protected from moisture or gas by creating a seal to avoid a short. Often, crimping tools are used to attach connectors to the ends of electrical cables and are typically able to be used for other functions, including compression, bending, cutting, stripping, and more. Each tool is made to work with certain cables, and some are compatible with multiple wires and pipes.