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I wonder if Knipex chose the Spider-Man blue-on-red color scheme for their new heavy-duty 9″ linesman pliers in order to tout the “upgraded gripping zone” featured in the new design.  Maybe not, but it’s still cool — and the gripping zone is pretty neat, too.

Released this spring, the new pliers feature a crosswise (read: diagonal) serrated gripping zone in the jaws for added grip over previous models plus an additional gripping zone below the articulated joint for extra leverage and pressing performance when cutting wire.

Knipex also claims that the new pliers “require 40% less effort compared with conventional combination pliers thanks to an optimized transmission ratio,” which could just as well read, “We moved the pivot point back a little.”  Still, less effort is a good thing.

Priced at $30, these don’t look like a bad deal.  However, if you already own a set of linesman pliers, their somewhat-evolutionary new features probably don’t justify laying a pair of smoking tire tracks all the way to the store, either.

Linesman Pliers, Model 09 02 240 [Knipex]
Street Pricing [Google Product Search]
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4 Responses to Spider-Man-Inspired Linesman Pliers

  1. Old Donn says:

    Knipex makes good stuff, I expect these are too. The Spiderman color scheme could go and they’d work just as well. However, as stated above, if you’ve already got a decent pair of lineman’s pliers, you’re covered.

  2. eschoendorff says:

    Like Old Donn said, Knipex is a great brand. Good stuff. But, Klein are the benchmark in linesman pliers and are more more readily available. I’d go for Klein in this case….

  3. CyberKender says:

    Those are the same grips as I have on my Knipex CoBolts. They’re the same color, so Knipex has been using it for at least a few years. They’re comfortable too. The orange is hard and the blue is softer, but it’s really the width of the grips that makes it easier on your hands.

  4. SteveL says:

    It is not “NEW” at all. I grew up in Taiwan after WWII era, this plier was the only tool in my household. We used it for everything. The above 3 photos already show three usages (wire cutter, nail puller and plier).

    Here are more: screw driver (grab the screw head, and turn). hammer (did you notice that this tool has many flat surface? With its mass, I used it as hammer). straign a nail for re-use, etc.

    This only problem – I am not sure about the $30 price tag. It is too high. I bought one for less than $1 when I was on a trip to Taiwan in 2002. The reasonable price (in the U.S.) should be around $10-$15. Then I am sure there will be more buyers.

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