Over at Amazon, they have a good price on this Knipex 2pc Pliers Wrench tool set.
Okay, so it’s not a good price, it’s just a good price for these tools. You know what I mean, right? It’s how $20 for a maple board is a good price, except if you compare it to $5 for a pine board.
These are good tools, and they’re always going to be expensive, no matter how you look at it.
The question here is about whether or not this is a good deal, and if you should buy it. To that, I say “absolutely.”
Price: $72.85 w/ free shipping
Update: It appears that Walmart is price-matching Amazon.
By now, I would expect you to have several thoughts going through your head:
- I own these tools, and you’re right – they’re awesome and these are good prices
- Are you kidding? I can get like 20 [cheap brand] pliers for this amount of money
- Shh, I’m grabbing my credit card!!
- I own one of these sizes, but the deal is too good to pass up – in for one!
This is the holiday season, and you deserve to treat yourself to some good tools. I am strongly in favor of the Knipex Pliers wrench, and this is also a tool that took me several years to actually buy. The “they cost how much?!” reaction doesn’t go away, but the broad utility of these pliers make them worth it.
I couldn’t find the right voice for this post, and so a “you should absolutely buy it” stance seemed appropriate. Plus, it seems beneficial to help polarize you on this, with the goal of pushing anyone on the fence over to one side or the other. This could minimize the “you were right, but I passed on the deal and regret it” sentiments.
If this deal were to sell out in 5 minutes, would you regret not buying a set?
I spent $41 for my 7″ Knipex Pliers Wrench more than 10 years ago. Now, I can’t find them for less than $52.
I own several sizes of Knipex Pliers Wrenches, and I tend to use my 7-1/4″ size the most. I use my 10″ on occasion, and my 5″ might be the second-most used size.
The 5″ pliers has a very high price, and the lowest I can find it for right now is $47 and change, and it’s largely because of this that I feel the 2pc combo kit is a very good price. Not only is it a discounted price, it features the smaller size that many users are unlikely to buy.
If you need a larger tool, budgeting for the 10″ or 12″ is easier than budgeting for the 5″ that you might want and not really need.
I can’t tell you why, but hand tool pricing plays mind tricks on me. Let’s say a 16 oz hammer is a good price at $20. Now let’s say an 8oz hammer of the same style might be priced at $18. Half the weight/size for only 10% less? My mind lean towards “not a good deal.”
But here’s the thing – the smaller tool requires most if not all of same manufacturing steps, and only has less material. That doesn’t make it any easier to pony up a lot of cash for a smaller tool.
Let’s do some math.
- Knipex 8603125 5-Inch Mini Pliers Wrench: $48.95
- Knipex 8603180 7-Inch Pliers Wrench: $58.02
- Knipex 8605180 Pliers Wrench w/ Multi-Component Handle: $52.80
The lowest price for the 5″ and 7-1/4″ pliers right now is $101.75. Or, there’s the 2pc set for $72.85.
Let’s say you have a time machine and can go back in time to when I ordered my 7″ pliers for $41. Would the 5″ Pliers Wrench be a good deal at $32? Absolutely!
My Knipex Pliers Wrenches are among my most-frequently used tools, for fastening, gripping, and manipulating operations. When I have to squeeze things together, this is what I use. When I have to loosen some fasteners, this is what I use if I don’t think combination wrenches or sockets are necessary.
Straightening the metal on a shelving rack that arrives with shipping damage? Bending metal that I don’t want to be straight? Turning finished parts that I can’t use grooved haws on? Out comes the Pliers Wrench.
And, the tools’ designs make them very pocket-friendly. It’s not uncommon for me to slip my 7-1/4″ Pliers Wrench into a back pocket when working around my home or garage workshop. The 5″ is small enough to fit into a front pocket comfortably.
At this time, the set is expected to be in stock on December 25th, 2020, and so it probably won’t arrive before Christmas.
Update: It’s now backordered with a January 21, 2021 estimated ship date.
Side Note: So, a side effect of writing posts in a tone like this is that I now want to get in on the deal myself. I’ll give it a half hour, and if the pliers are still available for ordering, I’m in for one as well. *Ordered*