Kobalt has come out with a new 2-piece traditional pliers set, which they say gives you all of the pliers you need in a standard pliers set in just 2 hand tools. Each of the pliers has a flip jaw design that gives you two jaw options in a single tool.
First, there’s the 6-inch pliers, above, which comes with lineman’s and slip joint pliers. According to the promo video, the lineman’s pliers are for gripping, twisting, and bending cables, while the slip joint pliers are for clamping items, turning nuts and bolts, and gripping irregular objects.
Is it just me, or do the slip joint pliers lack the slip joint that give this style of pliers its name?
The linesman’s plier jaws also look to have wire cutting blades, but keep in mind that these are 6-inch pliers. It’ll be able to cut softer wire, but larger or harder wire will likely require a beefier tool.
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The set also comes with 8-inch pliers, which features diagonal cutter and long nose pliers tool heads. The diagonal cutter can handle cutting copper, brass, and steel wire, while the long nose pliers are meant for holding, crimping, and pulling wire and other objects.
Both of the pliers feature spring-loaded handles and a safety lock that keeps the jaws closed for storage and transport.
Price: $25 for the 2-piece set
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Right now, not having seen the tools in person yet, I find myself without clear thoughts about these new flip-jaw pliers. I usually prefer single-purpose tools, as this allows me to pick the best tool for a particular task.
For instance, I might prefer 6-inch long nose pliers and 8-inch lineman’s pliers. With this set, you don’t have that choice.
Both of the new Kobalt pliers also look to be a little bit bulkier than single-purpose pliers, as the handles have to accommodate swinging jaws.
The 2-piece set is $25 now, and it might be safe to assume that the price will drop a little once the holiday season nears.
Maybe these will be good for a junk drawer or portable tool kit?