A few months ago I was shopping at my local Sears for a pliers set for the “house” tool kit. These are pliers that the family has access to — which means they’ll probably be lost, used as a hammer, or just plain destroyed within the next few years — so I wanted tools that would do the job, but that I wouldn’t miss too much if they disappeared into the Lost Tool Zone. This set by Evolv fit the bill nicely.
The set contains 6″ diagonal pliers, 6″ long-nose pliers, 7″ linesman pliers, 6″ slip-joint pliers, and 8″ groove-joint pliers, most of which are a good size for household use. Both the solid-joint pliers and the slip-joint pliers operate smoothly, and the jaws close properly. The cushioned grips are very comfortable in the hand, but some Toolmongers might not like the green color.
Sears just recently began marketing the “Evolv” brand — these tools carry a warranty similar to Craftsman’s, but you have to have your receipt to make an exchange. I know people are going to gripe about this, but I just keep the receipt in the same drawer with the tools.
The best thing about these pliers is the price, currently $15 for the entire set. In the same store you might pay that much for a single pair of name-brand pliers. At this cost, if one or two get lost, I’ll just pick up another set.