Though primarily designed for working with wire and cable, these sturdy pliers have a much wider variety of uses. They are available in a conventional straight design or with the head offset at 60° to the handles. The offset shape permits a comfortable pistol grip that sets the wrist in a natural position while keeping your hand out of the line of sight – a real advantage in many situations, such as when reaching into a recess to extract wires or cables.
Both styles have inside jaw surfaces that are divided into six zones, each suited to a different range of tasks. Starting at the jaw tips, the first 1/16" section has smooth surfaces that meet flush, followed by a fine-toothed section, both providing a firm grip on various materials. The tapered gap in the middle of the jaws (sometimes called a "burner hole") serves as a wrench; teeth on either side are set with opposing bias for a solid grip on round materials up to 7/8" in diameter.
Next to the hinge, the robust 11/16" long side-cutter has induction-hardened, double-bevelled edges capable of cutting cable, nails, screws or hardened wire up to 2.5mm (approx. 3/32"). The jaw recess opposite the side-cutters also has a pattern of points and flats to engage nuts or bolts from 1/2" to 7/8". A small slot near the jaw tips serves as a nail holder, used to steady a nail to drive it in a hard-to-reach spot.
The offset pliers are about 8-3/4" long overall with a jaw capacity of 7/8", a built-in handle-return spring for easy one-handed operation, and a simple locking tab to keep the jaws closed in storage. The conventional straight version is 8" long with a jaw capacity of 1-3/16".