Crimping area below joint (plastic handle model shown; view larger).
The Knipex New England-style lineman's pliers feature a high leverage design that requires 40 percent less effort compared to conventional combination pliers. It offers a cable puller in the joint gap and with universal mandrel crimping point below the joint. The cross-hatched serrated gripping zone provides firm gripping and pulling (such as for fencing applications). Other features include a gripping zone below the joint for powerful leverage, long cutting edges for cutting flat cables, a fish tape puller in the joint gap, and a crimping area blow the joint. The cutting edges are induction hardened, with a cutting edge hardness of approximately 64 HRC. These pliers come with comfort grip handles with a wider grip.
Fish tape puller (view larger).
Quality in Every Detail
Sometimes we give our pliers a really hard time. We try to destroy them to find out what makes them good and long-lasting. Because we don't want to leave anything to chance, we take a long, careful look.
The steel Knipex uses is precisely hardened with a maximum of 0.8 percent carbon and defined parts of chromium and vanadium, guaranteeing optimum cutting performance and service life — even though it requires special production and costs a bit more. But our high product demands require this.
The rivet of our high-leverage diagonal cutter also has to stand up to a lot of stress. That's why we literally give it backup: we forge it straight onto the pliers. This means extra effort as we have to precision mill the rivet to a few hundredth millimeters. But satisfied users are worth this effort.
Knipex also looks closely at the small details. The angles, the sharpness, the hardness, the toughness of the cutting edges. The precision and smooth movement of the joint. The handle design and the finish. We keep reviewing these subjects, we research, we test, and we improve our pliers.
Headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, Knipex is an independently-owned family enterprise steeped in tradition and specializing in the manufacturing of high-quality pliers. It all started back in 1882 when C. Gustav Putsch set up his own forge shop in Cronenberg (now a suburb of Wuppertal), and the company is now run by a fourth generation of that family. The world's leading brand in pliers today, Knipex is focused on the performance, service life, and ergonomics of its tools in order to meet the high expectations of professional users.