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By rotating the jaws around about 45 degrees from where they normally are, “Kiwi” pliers keep your hand and arm in better position to provide leverage when you’ve really got to grip something tightly.  EZ-Red, their manufacturer, says this nets you a more powerful grip with less effort.

The grips also include “air-pockets” which act as shock absorbers to make them more comfortable. 

We’ve written about a couple of products from EZ-Red, which seems to be one of a number of new companies crated to draw ideas from inventors and bring them to market.  The site’s pretty interesting, and you might want to poke around there a bit.  Most of the products are available from a number of different sources, so if you find something you’re interested in, don’t forget to run it by Froogle to see who else out there is reselling them.

Street pricing for the 3-Piece set starts around $20.

EZ300CS 3-Piece “Kiwi” Plier Set [EZ-Red]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

3 Responses to Finds: “Kiwi” Pliers

  1. Raelx says:

    interesting. I could see those being good for getting into some awkward places that traditional pliers are too “long” for.

  2. Steve Thompson says:

    Hmmm…anyone have any experience with the quality of EZ-Red? Their website sort of looks like the typical hodgepodge import company. Not that there’s not a place for that, but there’s so much of that out there these days, it’s nice to find a real tool.

  3. Myself says:

    I’m not wild about the hinge design. It’s the same rivet style that makes my Xcelite pliers go floppy after a few months, ugh. I love the angled head, it makes a lot of sense, but I’m holding out for a better joint construction.

    A year or two ago, I picked up a handful of box-joint Pakistani jeweler’s pliers and small nippers, and I absolutely adore them. The box joint mechanism is superior in every way, mostly because it doesn’t get lopsided with use. It handles torque better, both in the intentional (handle-squeezing) direction, and in the unintentional twisting-things-wrong direction. Having a box joint is now a big criterion when I’m tool shopping.

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