When you’re putting together a small electronics kit, the flat-nose pliers are generally the first to go. You can do most of the same stuff with needle-nose, and flat-nose pliers are big. But why not carry both in one tool?
Kronus’ “Switch-Grip” pliers have handles that rotate 180 degrees to allow the use of two different “heads” — in this case a flat-nose and a needle-nose. (The head not in use remains nestled between the grips.)
We found this particular set at Radio Shack for $5. (Imagine that — an inexpensive impulse buy at Radio Shack. Who’d’a guessed?) We’ve heard that other companies make similar tools, so if you really don’t want to deal with the ‘Shack you can probably find something similar with a bit of searching.
Switch-Grip Pliers [Radio Shack]