These Crescent Double-X pliers feature compound joints that allow you to reach into the tightest and narrowest of spaces. They’re not the first to come out with this design – you can pick up a pair of Gearwrench-branded Double X pliers (purchase via Amazon), and a set of SK compound pliers used to be available.
I picked up a pair of Gearwrench Double-X pliers a couple of years ago, and was not really satisfied with the quality of the jaws. The grooving on the pliers’ tips were incomplete and poorly done. Gearwrench said they recently changed factories and had exchanged the pliers for me, but the new replacements had poorly ground jaws that were lopsided and skewed. The pliers functioned properly, so I decided to live with them, but I wasn’t going to purchase any more styles at ~$25 a piece.
Hopefully all the kinks were worked out of the quality control process in the 3 years since then. For $25-$30, I’ll likely give this 2-piece Crescent-labeled set a try. Since Apex and Danaher are now in bed with each other, I would assume that these will be identical to newer Gearwrench-branded models.
While unhappy at the finish of my Gearwrench Double-X pliers, I have to say, they have definitely come in handy over the years.