The new Knipex TwinGrip slip-joint pliers are not your ordinary slip-joint pliers.
To start off, the Knipex TwinGrip pliers feature a 5-position design that allows adjustability with the push of a button. That’s right, unlike regular slip-joint pliers, the TwinGrip will never inadvertently self-adjust itself to the wrong setting.
The TwinGrip can be used on materials 5/32″ to 7/8″, and with the new jaw design, the pliers can securely grip both round and flat materials.
Now, let’s talk about those jaws!
The first thing you’ll notice is the round cut-out in the front of the TwinGrip’s jaws.
This enables the pliers to securely grasp and turn things like stripped-out screws and bolts.
But, that’s not all. Looking at the side profile, the pliers have a non-symmetrical jaw design that creates a 3-point gripping geometry when gripping flat materials.
It looks like this “three-point system” creates much greater surface contact when gripping flat materials, compared to traditional slip-joint and even universal-style pliers.
The pliers will be available with Knipex’s multigrip handles – model 82-02-200.
They will also be available with Knipex’s non-slip plastic dipped-style handle grips – model 82-01-200.
Both versions have an 8″ length (according to the model number), and they weigh 9.4 ounces.
Price: $40.15 (dipped handles), $45.42 (multigrip)
Shipping is free on $75+ orders.
At the time of this posting, KC Tool estimates that the pliers will start shipping in July 2021.
Thank you to everyone who wrote in about this!
Wow, I never would have thought we’d see such big changes in a slip-joint pliers design.
The 5 different adjustment positions seems convenient, with the added benefit of being an active lock that should prevent unintentional and unwanted changes, which many slip-joint pliers are prone to do (in my experience at least).
Knipex describes their front jaw gripping area as unique, but that isn’t exactly true. Unique to slip-joint pliers? Maybe. Unique overall? No.
Some of Engineer and Vampliers’ pliers have a similar front gripping area for more easily grasping stripped-out fasteners.
Still, it’s good to see Knipex implement such a useful feature to their TwinGrip pliers.
The jaw shape also looks very convenient, almost like an advanced v-groove pliers.
The jaw profile almost resembles that of the Cobra series pliers, such as the Knipex XS Cobra pliers shown here, but with more teeth and grip zones.
My own interest notwithstanding, judging by how many people excitedly wrote in about these pliers, the TwinGrip just might be Knipex’s next iconic tool, following in their Pliers Wrench and Cobra footsteps.