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If you’ve ever tried to strip Teflon- or Radox-shielded cable with a regular pair of snips, you know it can take a while and be super messy by the time you’re done. You can strip that insulation off faster and much more accurately with the double guillotine method. Knipex has adopted that method for their new universal insulation strippers — and, following the lead of razors like the Mach 4, they’ve added blades.

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Think of Knipex’s Pliers Wrench as a cross between an open-end wrench and a pair of really-accurate slip-joint pliers. They deliver the gripping strength of combination pliers with the precision of a wrench — a great way to prevent rounding off that chromed nut on your sink or repeatedly slipping off the bolts on your Harley.

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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.

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While these cable cutters are more evolutionary than revolutionary, their new design does reduce their bulk significantly, rendering them lighter and theoretically easier to wield than other multi-purpose cutters.  When you’ve got to carry ’em around every day, lighter is better.

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We’ve always heard positive things from readers (and friends) regarding Knipex’s offerings, so we’re thinking about giving these auto-adjusting pliers a try.  As you can see in the picture, they’re pretty much standard slip-joint pliers, but a second joint in the middle lets them automatically slip to the correct size. 

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When it comes to getting the project done in the eleventh hour we are the kings tools that aren’t really designed for the task at hand.  They come flying out of toolboxes (kitchen drawers, etc.) to attack whatever funky issue we’re currently facing — so we can go to freakin’ bed.  Or go out drinking.  Or play some Halo.  You get the idea.

So when we saw the Knipex plastic pipe cutter, it immediately struck us that it could be used for automotive wiring harness sheathing in a pinch. 

The plastic pipe cutter isn’t really much more than a razorblade with a ratcheting squeeze handle wrapped in a die-cast aluminum body, but that can be super useful if you are going to be wiring all day and cutting 6mm  – 35mm tubing or plastic pipe — like we were last week.

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Phillip submitted these very nice electricians’ pliers.  At first glance they look like plain needle-nose pliers, but if you look closely you’ll note that there are a few extra features designed into the jaws.  Specifically, they can strip 14-gauge and 16-gauge wire, and they can crimp solderless terminals — and still serve as quality needle-nose pliers.

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In every heist movie ever made someone always pulls a tool out of a their magic bag of tools that appears out of nowhere.  Nine times out of ten what they pull out of that bag is a small pair of cutters that look just like normal cutters but cut through steel like tin foil.  As unlikely as that seems, it might have been somewhat believable had they been using the CoBolt lever action center cutter.  

In short, think of them as pint-sized bolt cutters. 

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Knipex claims these cutters offer a perfect combination of cutting blade hardness and leverage (think handle length and shape) to cut with far less effort than other end cutters, which comes in handy when you’re cutting something bigger than bailing wire — like bolts, nails, or rivets.

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post-knipexwp.jpgWhen we saw these, we experienced one of those “why didn’t we think of this” moments.  Thankfully, Knipex did think of it — water pump pliers with an extended, narrow jawset which can fit into all sorts of little, tight spaces.

There’s not much to say about these that you can’t figure out just from looking at the picture (right), except to point out that they also have a large number of lock grooves, which’ll make it easier to set an exact adjustment.

Knipex offers these in a variety of sizes, ranging from 7″ starting at around $20 all the way up to 22″ sets that go for more like $85.  We found a number of sets available online as well.

And, if you need a pair of these right now, you can often find them at your local Sears store as well as in some other retailers’ shops.

“Cobra” Extra-Slim Water Pump Pliers [Knipex]
Street Pricing [Froogle]