My boyfriend does 'most' of the DIY in our home but occasionally I will dabble and try my hand at things. If I need something doing I am more than happy to have a go. We recently sorted out the cellar and organised all our tools and bits and pieces. The Fox long nose pliers are one of the tools we own and we have had it for a number of years. We have another set of long nose pliers by Stanley but the fox ones are slightly lighter, longer and thinner in design and therefore the preferred pair.
==Price and availability==
You can buy the Fox long nose pliers from hardware stores or online for around £9.
The pliers have rubber handles which of course is a safety feature for when using the pliers for electrical maintenance (although I will not be using anything like this to go anywhere near anything electrical!) The handles are long and easily comfortable to fit into your hand. The pliers measure 7 inches long. They are made from stainless steel and are blackened to prevent them rusting. I thought that stainless steel will not rust anyway so unsure of why this is a selling point. The pliers have a side cutting edge for cutting wires and stripping back the plastic coating on wires. The pliers are sturdy and have serrated jaws all the way along to help them grip and have a tight fit, making them easy to control.
I have used the pliers to assist me in cleaning my gas fire. I used them to remove clips that are awkwardly located. I did not do any maintenance on the fire as I'm not qualified but every now and then the pilot light gets clogged with black bits that fall off the coal on top of the fire. I can tell it needs cleaning when the fire burns really yellow instead of blue and use these pliers to help me gain access; I could not reach it with normal pliers and can not exert enough pressure with my hands alone.
The pliers are perfect for adding charms to my bracelet. I know this is probably supposed to be a rufty tufty manly toy but the thin nose of the pliers means I can pull back the delicate rings on the bracelet and slide my charms on without causing any damage or having to take it to jewellers and have them perform this task.
I would imagine that there are plenty more uses for this little item and I can definitely see the benefit of having a set of pliers with a long nose.
A must have in the tool box!
This item is one of those devices that get almost every day use in my residence. First of all I have a family who believes if you can get the tools and do it yourself why pay someone, so everyone sort of does their own thing, if something breaks, Google it, fix it. Also having a motorbike that is always breaking these always come in useful for this.
Design, to be quite honest these are not really anything special compared to any other long pointy nosed pliers, they have an easy to grip design with a rubbery sort of grip making it harder for them to just slip out of your hands.
Quite frankly I think these are an essential for anyone in everyday life, there is a use for everyone with these if it's from pushing wires into small adapters to prying things open. There is not that much really to describe about them, another very useful features is the inner bit which is actually a wire cutter so if you need to trim some wire down or something, you are also able to cut other things with it. Also due to the pointiness at the end it makes it easy for crafting things and bending small things about.
In summary I think these are a vital piece of equipment for anyone so I believe that everyone should buy a pair, even if not these particular branded ones a set of pointy nosed pliers are so important. On that note I would just like to remind people that pliers have different jobs so don't go using snubby nosed ones for a job of a pointy one and vice versa.
I'm always doing bits of DIY around the house or on the car, and there are always times when my fingers aren't quite nibble enough to get it to some of those really difficult to reach areas, or deal with the very intricate jobs. This is a particular problem when I'm doing electrical work where you often find things are very intricate and it can be difficult to guide a particular wire into a connection or a joint. Hence, I decided that what I really needed was a decent pair of long nose pliers, and hence came across this pair from Fox for £10 in a local hardware store. Interestingly, I actually noticed these in the fishing section of the store rather than under their tool section, but either way, they seemed to be a decent set of pliers that would suit my purpose.
What are they? For starters, whereas most pliers have a stubby bull nose configuration, this Fox version has a long nose, almost going down to a point. This long nose means that you can't get as much pressure grip with them to whatever you are gripping (as you can with the standard bull nose varieties) but it does mean that you can get the end of the long nose into intricate places to gently grip and guide whatever. I've found this aspect to be particularly useful with electrical work, or with upgrade work on the computer where some things tend to be small and intricate and very buried away in the device. It also proves to be useful to retrieve that screw that you've just dropped in that totally inaccessible place in the car. In addition, these pliers have also enabled me to become a super star Dad with my daughter because I can now quickly fix her latest 'must have' necklace or bracelet that has just broken (again!!) when she absolutely must have it for going out that evening.
Other details that you need to know? Overall, they measure 18 cm long and are produced from stainless steel. The steel also has a slightly blackened finish overall which offers some protection against rusting (which would make then useful to fisherman working in damp conditions - hence finding them in the Fishing Section). The handles of the pliers are fitted with what they call a 'Sure Grip' rubber sleeve which does make them quite comfortable to use and ensures that they don't slip in your hand. The jaws of the pliers are also serrated on the inner edges ensuring that they can firmly grip whatever it is that you are trying to grip. Looking across to their use in fishing, I can see how they can be useful for removing hooks etc from fish, or for squeezing weights etc onto a line.
A further interesting addition, which you don't tend to find on many long nose pliers, is that these pliers also have a side cutter for cutting wires etc. This makes them particularly useful for doing electrical work because you don't end up taking 2 tools with you - a long nose pliers to guide the wires and a separate wire cutter for cutting, when these pliers will do the 2 jobs with the one tool.
Negative points? Always useful to have in any review, and with these pliers, I only have one minor grumble with the fact that they don't have any spring loading. If you've not had a pair spring loaded pair of pliers before, then it is probably not a feature that you will miss, but essentially it is a feature that slightly springs the jaws of the pliers apart when you let them go. Where I have found this feature particularly useful in the past was when I was placing a small screw into a hole in order to then put a screw driver etc on it to screw it in. With spring loaded pliers, you put the screw in the hole, release the grip and the pliers spring open slightly to leave the screw in position. However, with this Fox version, you have to sort of fiddle your fingers around the handle in order to release the grip sufficiently enough so as not to disturb the screw. Perhaps a minor point to many, but one that is worth highlighting in this review.
In summary, for £10, these are a fairly decent set of long nose pliers that will compliment your DIY toolbox, or even your fishing tackle box for that matter. So a 5* recommendation overall.
If you've read any of my previous reviews then you know I'm a huge fan of buying new tools, to be honest I'm a huge fan of buying any new shiny item! Add this to the fact that I spent my summers in college working with an electrical contractor and I end up with a very thorough toolbox which now contains a brand new Long Nose Pliers!
A pliers is the workhorse of the electricians world, a good spark can strip, cut and bend nearly any type of wire or connection. If you give a qualified electrician a pliers and a few screwdrivers he or she should be able to finish nearly any residential task. That being said it won't be easy! There's a reason that so many specialist tools exist and the Long Nose Pliers is no exception. The long nose pliers is designed so that you can reach into deep or narrow spaces while keeping a hold on a piece of wire or a screw. Anyone who has wired a breaker box will understand the importance of the long nose pliers!
The subject of this review, a tool produced by the company "Fox", is available from Amazon.co.uk for £9.99 and is a low-level option aimed at the household user. I say low-level option but this is only in relation to companies such as Knipex or Stanley, providers which are more suited to the professional and would be simply overkill for your average household. The quality of the Fox model is relatively high for the price and it feels suitably heavy in your hands. The handle is made of a green textured plastic which I must say takes a nice grip and doesn't feel loose in your hand at all. This is an important point as sometimes with these tools you end up holding it between only your index finger and thumb, making a good grip essential! The pliers itself is made from what I can only tell to be powder coated steel. It feels strong and looks quite attractive, I'd doubt it'd last as long as a professional model but it's not that bad. The two "noses" are nicely toothed so that grabbing a stray screw or wire is easily achieved. Unfortunately there is no spring between the two sides so you can struggle to adjust your grip if you slip on an item.
I won't go into a description of using this piece but I want to quickly talk about how using this piece near live electricity. Simply put, don't. There is a reason that electricians train for years to hone their craft, similarly there is a reason they spend £70 on each of their tools. Working with live electricity is no joke and an electrician's tools will be rated to withstand 1000V AC and 1500V DC, far above what the plastic handles on this Fox set will provide. All that being said Fox don't claim that theirs is insulated and so it isn't a slight on their product, I just felt it was necessary to mention during a review on electricians tools!
Overall I'm happy with this pliers, it grips well in my hand and is very comfortable to use over long periods. My only gripe is with the lack of a spring loaded release, it'd make life easier on me but then again the £60 Knipex equivilant doesn't have a spring so why should this? I'm going with 4 stars, it performs very well for its price but the lack of a spring ruins it on me.
**Strange review of the day**
My recent highly serious review the Thomann recorder cleaner sparked many amused comments about it being a bizarre thing to write about - in the same spirit here is another:
**Long Nose Pliers**
I am lucky enough to own a pair of long nose pliers. I am not a fabulous DIY enthusiast but since hubby is more at home at the cooker than the tool box, someone has to have a go and so over the years I have risen to the challenge. I have gradually built up a small collection of very useful tools, of which the long nose pliers are probably the most useful.
**What are they?**
The long nose pliers are styled on the common pliers found in standard tool collections but have generally longer pincers which narrow at the points. There are a range of handle types, some ergonomically moulded and with soft grip padding which I recommend. How particular you need to be depends partly on the frequency of use - for the common household tool box a standard pair has wide scooped handles for easy grip and accurate manoeuvring.
**What are they for?**
These pliers are aimed at electricians since the long nose makes wire bending and manipulation easy to control.The long reach of the pincer section means that fine work in small or crowded electrical boxes is easier. According to an electrician friend of mine who I have quizzed on the subject, they are also useful for reaching into wall cavities to reclaim wires or debris where fingers would be too thick and ordinary pliers too unwieldy.
Most long nose (also known as needle nose) pliers also have a wire cutting edge at the meeting edge of the jaws so you get two tools for the price of one!
**So, you're an electrician, right?**
Urrm... no. And I would like to add that it would not be too good an idea to fall for these pliers and get stuck into some amateur electrics. What I personally find these most useful for is jewelery making. The long pointed noses are great for grasping and bending fine wires and looping earrings into holding loops. They are well balanced and make fine detailed work much easier.
**Where can I buy some for myself?**
If you are lucky enough to live in a town which still has its own hardware aladdin's cave then you are sure to find several varieties to choose from. Our local shop has styles from just £2.50 which are sufficiently sturdy to last. There are cheaper alternatives online (94p on amazon!) but beware of postage costs since they are usually metal all the way through - even plastic handles are wrapped over metal in many cases.
If you are really keen and have the know how to use them for electrical purposes you could spend £61.33 on some fully insulated 200mm knipex pliers. If your electrical knowledge is like mine then these would be a good idea as I'm likely to snip though something I shouldn't (seriously - please don't believe you're an electrician just cos you have a fab tool!).
Most bead suppliers will also willingly sell you long nose pliers. www.beads direct.co.uk have a range of long nose pliers for £6.99 and some have fancy nose ends for specific purposes too.
Model railway enthusiasts also make use of long nose pliers for electrical work or for manipulating points connections. www.themodelshop.org have a range for £6.25.
**So, how do I choose?**
Name your price and choose your colour! Tool manufacture is now so advanced that few are so shoddily made as to be rendered useless. If you intend to use for lengthy periods then purchase a pair with a sprung action squeezing mechanism so that there is not too much strain on your hand from the unusual gripping action. Ensure that the noses move smoothly and not jerkily so that fine movements are possible. And finally, hold the handles to make sure they mould happily into your grip.
So, now you know all about the Long Nose Plier you will no doubt be rushing out to purchase your pair. I hope you enjoy them and they assist your creativity or re-wiring effectively.
Now..... to research a new spirit level as I just trapped mine in the lid of the tool box and shattered it!!