Fit pliers? I had never heard of them until just recently. Fit is a not-at-all-new German brand of hand tools that makes an interesting style of pliers with 2 handle options. That’s all they seem to make – 1 pliers and 2 handle styles.
Shown above is the “No. 15,” which has 2-component cushiony-looking handle grips.
This one is the “No. 14,” which sports cellulose acetate hard plastic handles.
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You learn something new every day. On the Fit website, they mention that cellulose acetate is sustainable and is made from cotton. Cotton? Interesting.
The pliers have a multi-functional design and looks to be capable of a wide range of cutting and gripping tasks.
They have combination jaws, with a fine-grooved tip section and a coarser-toothed midsection that can grip larger parts such as hex fasteners.
Or copper tubing.
The shears can cut wire cables.
And metal strapping.
Fit emphasizes that the shears have a scissor-like profile that cleanly cut all kinds of materials – metal sheets, foils, similar flat materials, and round materials such as cables, pipes, and branches.
There are also “nipper” cutting jaws at the rear of the pivot, for cutting wires and nails.
Presumably, one would use the shear jaws for cleaner cuts in a wide range of materials, and the nipper cutting jaws for tougher jobs you wouldn’t want to risk ruining the primary jaws on.
- Can cut flat materials up to 4.5 mm (soft), 1.0 mm (steel)
- Can cut round materials up to 12 mm (soft materials), 2 mm for hardened materials
- Not suitable for cutting spring steel wire
- 8″ long
- Made from drop forged tool steel
Why Should You Buy Fit Pliers?
I reached out to one of my contacts at KC Tool and asked them just this.
Pretend that I’m looking to buy some new general use pliers and am looking at top USA brands, and German brands such as NWS and Knipex.
They suggested that these pliers aren’t at the same level of Knipex or NWS, and that:
The major selling point is that they cost considerably less money than the most comparable Knipex (13-81-8), at around a third of the price. They just make sense if you want a German-made pair of pliers for not a lot of money. I think of it like 60% as good for about 60% less.
So, there you go. While I don’t feel compelled to run out and buy a pair, they do look quite functional. I think I understand the positioning – they’re German-made pliers that aren’t quite at the level of higher-tier brands, but are proportionally more affordable.
Price: $25 – $30 (before coupon)
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Is this something you would try?
They pliers look very functional, and especially well-suited for field work where you might only want to carry one pair of pliers instead of several.