Pliers

Pliers are hand tools designed for a wide range of applications and can be used for a wide variety of tasks, including to grip, lock, twist, hold, bend or cut materials like wires. Pliers come in many sizes and styles depending on their application, from wire strippers and tin snips to bolt and pipe cutters. Some pliers feature a locking mechanism to securely hold the chosen material or object in place without the need to re-adjust, also eliminating the risk of cramp or injury in the user's hand from long-term use.

Pliers can be made from several different materials, but are generally made from chrome vanadium steel, carbon steel, or other hardened steel alloys to ensure optimum durability. This also allows for heavy-duty use without compromising the finish and prevents corrosion, keeping the blades strong. To ensure user comfort, there are many styles of pliers designed with soft-grip handles. These may be especially useful for frequent users as these handles will cushion the palm and fingers and prevent strain or cramping.

Please note: If you are working with live or energised currents, ensure your pliers are VDE-approved to ensure user safety.

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What are the most common types of pliers?

  • Cutters - also known as wire cutters. As the name suggests, these tools are designed for cutting through wires and cabling and are available in application-specific variants such as side cutting, end cutting and diagonal cutting.
  • Longnose pliers - (needle-nose pliers or snipe-nosed pliers) These tools are suitable for multi-purpose tasks like bending and crimping and can be used in anything ranging from electrical work to jewellery making.
  • Combination pliers - designed to be both a functional pair of either round-nose, long-nose or flat-nose pliers with a built-in cutter that works with multiple applications.
  • End cutter pliers - are designed to cut through or twist materials, such as wires, springs, nails, rivets and bolts.
  • Water Pump pliers - occasionally referred to as a pipe wrench, these are extendable and adjustable so that they can adapt to fit almost any irregular shape. Due to their wide jaw, they are an incredibly versatile tool to have in your collection.
  • Circlip pliers - a unique type of pliers that are used to install and remove internal circlips from a range of appliances.

Who uses pliers?

Pliers are commonly used by professionals like electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gas engineers and car mechanics, but are also handy tools for anybody to have in their home. They are also popular with DIY enthusiasts and craftspeople, such as jewellery makers and miniaturists.


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Description Price Cutting Capacity Plier Type Jaw Length Non Sparking Tip Style Material Cutting Capability Overall Length Material Number of Pieces Circlip Size Range ESD Safe Jaw Depth VDE/1000V Approved Height Safe
RS Stock No. 763-8150
Mfr. Part No.13 96 200
BrandKnipex
$122.97
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2.5 mm² Multifunction Pliers - - Straight - 200 mm Tool Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 337-1456
Mfr. Part No.46 11 A0
BrandKnipex
$39.06
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5300
Mfr. Part No.03 06 180
BrandKnipex
$64.29
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Steel Wire: 2.2 mm; Spring Wire: 2.2 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Steel Wire; Spring Wire 180 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 337-1462
Mfr. Part No.46 11 A1
BrandKnipex
$34.67
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 10 → 25 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 500-1474
Mfr. Part No.00 20 11
BrandKnipex
$170.72
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- Plier Set - - - - 185 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5372
Mfr. Part No.26 16 200
BrandKnipex
$91.65
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- Gripping Pliers 73mm - Straight - 200 mm Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 186-6069
Mfr. Part No.00 20 15
BrandKnipex
$291.90
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- Plier Set - - - - 10 in Chrome Vanadium Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 727-6715
Mfr. Part No.30 16 160
BrandKnipex
$73.01
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- Gripping Pliers 46,5mm - Straight - 160 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 763-8148
Mfr. Part No.13 86 200
BrandKnipex
$128.66
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Standard Wire: 15 mm Multifunction Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire 200 mm Tool Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 337-1490
Mfr. Part No.46 21 A01
BrandKnipex
$42.10
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 112-358
Mfr. Part No.09 02 240 RS
BrandKnipex
$97.20
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4.6 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire; Hard Wire 240 mm Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 458-8116
Mfr. Part No.88 01 180
BrandKnipex
$36.47
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 180 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 815-6350
Mfr. Part No.86 03 125
BrandKnipex
$106.56
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- Pliers Wrench - - - - 125 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1484
Mfr. Part No.46 11 A3 SB
BrandKnipex
$36.16
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 210 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 40 → 100 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1355
Mfr. Part No.44 11 J0
BrandKnipex
$33.79
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 8 → 13 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5366
Mfr. Part No.25 06 160
BrandKnipex
$80.72
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- Gripping Pliers 50mm - Straight - 160 mm Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 467-6601
Mfr. Part No.00 19 57
BrandKnipex
$276.44
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 632-4699
Mfr. Part No.31 11 160
BrandKnipex
$74.04
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- Gripping Pliers 55mm - Straight - 160 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-6233
Mfr. Part No.86 03 150 RS
BrandKnipex
$114.25
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- Pliers Wrench - - - - 150 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1948
Mfr. Part No.26 17 200
BrandKnipex
$83.58
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- Gripping Pliers 73mm - Straight - 200 mm Vanadium Electric Steel - - - - Yes -