The Knipex Pliers Wrench is an amazingly versatile tool that is unlike any other pliers or adjustable wrenches currently on the market. Although it is mentioned in our Ultimate Tool Gift Guide and on occasion in comments, I am surprised that I hadn’t actually posted about the Pliers Wrench before.
I have been using these excellent pliers for nearly 5 years now, and there really is no substitute.
The Pliers Wrench’s main advantage is its compound leverage jaw mechanism, which can deliver a great deal of pressure through the parallel jaws.
They are easily adjusted with a push-button quick adjust mechanism. Although each step only covers a small range of sizes, the pliers aren’t any less convenient or versatile to use. It just means that adjustment requires a somewhat trial-and-error operation until you find the right setting for the application.
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Pliers Wrenches are great for working on plumbing fittings and other types of materials where you want a secure grip without sharp teeth or grooves digging into soft, delicate, or chrome-finished surfaces.
Some users use the Pliers Wrench almost like a ratcheting adjustable wrench, spreading the jaws slightly when rotating the pliers to a new position and then clamping down when turning.
Others use it for bending and twisting applications.
There are times when the Pliers Wrench can be used for press-fit operations, and it works well for this, thanks to the parallel non-marring jaws. The Pliers Wrench isn’t a substitute for a true press, but it’s quicker and easier to use than a vise when light to medium pressure is required.
Pliers Wrenches are available in 6″, 7″, 10″, 12″, and 16″ sizes. 7″, 10″, and 12″ sizes are most common. They’re available with plain dipped grips, and molded comfort-grip handles. I never found the simpler grips to be lacking.
My Knipex Pliers Wrenches are among my most valued tools. They really are as functional and practical as everyone raves.
The only downside is the steep pricing, with prices starting at $45 for the 7″ size. But to be fair, Pliers Wrenches do the job of an adjustable wrenches and water pump-style adjustable pliers.
Here’s a Knipex video that shows how they work:
I ordered my 7″ Pliers Wrench from Amazon, and a 10″ one from someplace else, and tend to use both sizes with the same frequency.