A while back I left a comment saying something about how I didn’t think there were any modern brands still selling bare metal combination or slip joint pliers. By bare metal, I mean bare metal handles without dipped or molded grips.
Of course, all pliers are bare metal before their handles are finished, but there didn’t seem to be any brands who stopped at this step.
Well, Crescent’s Cee Tee pliers fit the bill. Instead of vinyl-dipped handles, or molded comfort grip handles, these pliers have knurled surfaces that provide for a secure grip.
These pliers are about as basic as they come. Cee Tee pliers are available in 6-1/2″ and 8″ sizes and have two gripping zones with machined teeth, and wire cutters.
There are a couple of different model numbers, but it seems that main difference between models of similar sizes is in how they’re packaged for sale.
Prices range from $6 to $10.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like all – or possible any – of Crescent’s Cee Tee pliers are made in the USA anymore. My pick of inexpensive pliers would be Tekton’s new USA-made slip joint pliers. Beyond that, I would look to Channellock and Klein. Still, these pliers are proof that at least one brand still markets bare metal-handled pliers.