My post yesterday about long nose pliers preferences made me realize that I have yet to write up a review of these Vampliers pliers that I started working with a while back. I have also been using a pair of similar green-handled Engineer Inc. pliers for even longer.
What Are They?
Vampliers are miniature pliers with complex jaw profiles that make them exceptionally well suited for handling small screws, fasteners, and other parts. They are primarily advertised as being excellent screw extraction pliers.
These pliers are made in Japan, and the quality and attention to detail really shows when you look the tool over for the first time. The handles are also textured, and although I initially thought this was just for looks, the grips are soft and quite comfortable.
The pliers’ handles have a spring-action feature that makes them a little easier to control when working on delicate parts.
The special screw-gripping grooves work well, even if a fastener head is corroded and barely above a work surface.
You can also grip small fasteners with the horizontal jaws, but I find that the vertical grooves work a little better for this purpose.
The larger grooves are useful for turning shafts or gripping larger objects, but be mindful that – as with other pliers – the coarse teeth might gouge into softer materials.
The overall length is about 6-1/4″, making these pliers larger than miniature pliers meant for high precision and electronics work, and smaller than full-size pliers.
Some Vampliers are packaged with jaw caps that hold the handles closed and make the tools easier to carry in a pocket or tool bag.
I really, REALLY like these pliers. They have become my go-to pliers for finer applications, as they really are useful beyond their specialty focus on screw extraction.
The samples that Vampliers sent along featured custom laser-etched personalization. You can have up to 12 characters marked into the jaws, similar to the “ToolGuyd” markings shown on the red-handled Vampliers above. This can be done for an extra $4.95 if you order through Vampire Tools directly.
Vampire Tools’ Vampliers and Engineer Screw Pliers are made in Japan.
Thank you to Vampliers for providing the review samples unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.