March 19, 2014

Klein All-Purpose Pliers

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Klein has just announced the release of their new All Purpose Pliers, which basically look like long nose pliers with some wire-stripping abilities. According to Klein, the tool...

can strip, cut, and loop 8-16 AWG solid and 10-18 AWG stranded wire, plus it has screw shearing holes. These pliers are built of forged steel with induction-hardened cutting knives for maximum durability and long life. The hot-riveted joint also ensures smooth action and no handle wobble. This tool is spring-loaded for self-opening action and features Klein's dual-material Journeyman™ handles that provide a firm grip and added comfort.

These have a lot of the same vibe as the Milwaukee 6-in-1 Pliers, but there are some differences. The nose of the Milwaukee has serrations on it for reaming out conduit, but it also has a angular nose that has quite a bit less taper to it than standard long nose pliers. The Klein has a more traditional look and is spring loaded, if you're partial to that style.

Either way, the fact that these two companies have invested some resources into this style of combination tool means that it's likely more will follow suit.

Oh, and the Klein comes with the Journeyman handles, which is really good. We've been using their standard Journeyman Long Nose Pliers quite a bit lately and the handles are definitely a high point. Very comfortable and durable.

We didn't get word on pricing, but Amazon has the Klein Journeyman at just over $30 and the Milwaukee's at just under $30, so our guess is that the All-Purpose will settle in somewhere around there.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 19, 2014 8:56 AM

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