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.