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Alternative Uses for Pliers

klein tools pliersPart of what makes working with tools fun is coming up with new ways to use them.  While beating the crap out of an old pair of cheap pliers by using it as a hammer can be fun, sometimes there are more uses than you may have imagined for one of your newer tools. 

Pliers have been around for centuries and various versions of pliers have been used throughout the ages for many different kinds of jobs, beginning as devices to handle materials during blacksmithing or casting.  Over time, new designs of pliers increased with the demand for different uses.  While today’s modern pliers have become very specialized, many can be useful beyond the tasks they were primarily designed for.  Here are just a few of the alternative uses for your pliers:

Get The Multi-Bit That Won’t Strip

A multi-bit tool is a wonderfully handy piece of modern engineering. At least that’s what you’ll think until over time your bit holder is stripped of its gripping power and starts dropping bits left and right.  You don’t need me to tell you how annoying this can be.  Luckily, Klein Tools has helped solve this problem with a multi-bit that won’t strip.

A multi-bit tool allows you to switch between screw bits to potentially handle any type of screw head. Switch from a flat blade screwdriver to a Phillips head by just a simple switch of your screw bit.  However, these tools often have one big downfall. Over time, the mechanism that holds the screw bits in place becomes strained and loses its ability to hold your screw bit tightly. Klein Tools addressed this issue and came up with a solution.

Our Secret Sauce: New & Improved Screwdriver Steel

As part of an ongoing effort to improve our manufacturing processes and ensure the highest quality products, our engineers have identified a new blend of steel for our Phillips tip and square recess screwdrivers.  This hard-hitting new steel was designed to strengthen the tips of our screwdrivers and create a superior level of toughness. 

You may be wondering, what makes this steel different from before?  While we can’t give away all of our secrets, we have increased the steel’s durability while reducing the likelihood that your screwdriver will cam out.  The end result is an enhanced screwdriver tip that will work harder and last longer than ever before.

Roll out with the Tradesman Pro™ Rolling Tool Bag

Do you ever wonder why it took so long for luggage manufacturers to throw a couple wheels onto the bottom of a suitcase?  One of the most obvious inventions of all time was staring potential entrepreneurs in the face for decades, yet travelers still lugged their baggage onto planes, trains and automobiles every day, never realizing what they were missing.  Finally in 1987 someone discovered that the old wheel invention may come in handy on a piece of luggage and since then, traveling has never been the same.  

How to Clean Your Tools

It’s not hard to understand why you might need to clean your toolsPliers, wrenches, chisels, blades and so forth are all being used in dirty, greasy situations.  To get the best results from your tools every time you use them, it’s best to keep them clean and degreased.  Though some of your tools may require special cleaning instructions, most Klein products can be cleaned one of two ways.  To keep your tools in their best shape possible, here is a guide to cleaning your tools both ways.

Are You A Journeyman?

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Throughout his lifetime, Mathias A. Klein, founder of Klein Tools, worked hard to ensure that his family business offered the highest quality hand tools.  Mathias did not spend much time out of his workspace throughout the course of his life, working every day until his death at the age of 92.  He understood the traveling man though, whether it was a telephone repair man fixing power lines for an entire county, or a plumber running from house to house fixing leaking pipes.  This was the kind of man Mathias admired and wanted to serve: The Journeyman. 

Prepare Yourself for a Natural Disaster

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Summer is here full force and we get to celebrate our country’s freedom with cold drinks while baking in the hot sun. The 4th of July is a celebration of escapism as our lives are temporarily suspended for the sake of family, friends and good times. This year, however, the good times are seen in stark contrast to the devastation that has come in the months leading up to the 4th.

How to Remove a Splinter

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Splinters suck.  Well, most splinters that is.  Master Splinter from the comic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is possibly the greatest splinter of all time, but he’s the exception to the rule.  There’s just no better way of putting it, splinters suck.  Trapped beneath the surface of your skin, it’s irritating how something seemingly so insignificant can be so annoying.  

Here are two unconventional methods for removing a splinter if a needle or tweezers have not already done the trick. 

Usually the first reaction to a splinter is, “I’ll just squeeze it out.”  However, this can embed the splinter further into your skin, or if it’s brittle you may break it into smaller pieces.  Here’s how to handle both wood and fiberglass splinters:

Can you kill a bear with a Klein knife?

One of many new products introduced by Klein Tools in the past few years, the DK-06 Serrated Duct Knife quickly became a top-selling item.  The knife features a comfortable cushion-grip handle, double-edged blade and is packaged with a puncture resistant nylon sheath.  While the DK-06 was designed to meet the needs of industry professionals, its overall look and feel was influenced by the legendary “KA-BAR” knife first carried by the United States Marines in the 1940s.

 

Klein Captures the Oldest Pair of Pliers

Can you believe that a 109-year-old pair of pliers can still work just as well as the day it was manufactured?  I had the opportunity to handle the winning pair of pliers in our Oldest Pliers contest and was in awe at the way they smoothly operated, just as Kleins do today.  I still can’t get over the fact that there are working Klein pliers that are over 100 years old.  Just holding a piece of history that old in my hand was enough to send shivers down my spine.  It’s fascinating to think about who the original owner was and what projects the pliers may have worked on.  With a vintage pair of pliers it would make sense to just hold onto them as a collector’s item, but if they were mine I wouldn’t be able to help myself, I’d have to put them to use. 

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