My recent post 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.
Note: This post was originally published on 5/30/2014, and republished on 3/23/20. After nearly 6 years, they’re still going strong, and the same is true with the Engineer pliers I have been using even longer. I use these pliers very regularly, although I want you to keep in mind that I still wouldn’t consider them “general purpose” type pliers.
What Are Vampliers?
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.
As of the time this post was republished, Vampire Tools has added a couple of other pliers sizes and styles to their product catalog.
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.
Vampliers Pliers Performance
The special screw-gripping grooves work well, even if a fastener head is corroded and barely raised 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, but also 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.
Vampliers, and the green-handled Engineer Inc. pliers are available for $26-$28. They’re not inexpensive, but they’re definitely versatile and well-built in such a way that you get full value for the price.
The wire cutters, mid-jaw section, and the mixed grooving at the tip lend themselves well to a variety of tasks and applications, but you’ll still want to think about whether these pliers are a right fit for how you’d use them.
The samples that Vampliers sent along featured custom laser-etched personalization, with “ToolGuyd” marking. At the time, it was available for a $4.95 premium, but it doesn’t look like this service is still being offered.
Vampire Tools’ Vampliers and Engineer Screw Pliers are made in Japan.
Thank you to Vampliers for providing the review samples unconditionally.