We’re always looking at new and different types of wrenches that promise to make our lives better; maybe Wiha’s soft grip wrenches can help. The idea is that they’re more comfortable to use and easier to get a hold of than normal non-cushy wrenches.
The grip my indeed be more comfortable to grab a hold of, but several concerns immediately spring to mind: My first thought was that our wrenches get dirty. When we use a wrench, we use it, which means it often ends up coaded in oil, grease and grime. Cleaning them up is as simple as a good wipe-down with a rag. The cushioned grip looks like it might take some doing to get clean.
The soft grip also looks like it might tear relatively easy on sharp metal objects — which are abundant in the automotive engine bay area.
Still, if you’re looking for a softer handle on mechanics tools these could be your ticket.