Klein’s recently released J206-8C All-Purpose Pliers are a cross between wire strippers and needle-nose pliers. The nose can be used to grab and loop wire and the knives can cut 8-16 AWG solid and 10-18 AWG stranded wire. These pliers have a hot-riveted joint and induction hardened cutting knives. The jaws are spring-loaded for ease of opening and the handles feature the company’s dual-material Journeyman grips. Softer on the outside than they are on the inside Journeyman handles make for a firm and yet comfortable grip.

The idea for needle-nose plier wire strippers is not completely new; several companies already made them. In terms of design, Milwaukee’s 6in1 Combination Pliers are the closest Klein’s All-Purpose Pliers (comparison below)

Specs and FeaturesKlein All-Purpose   Pliers (J206-8C)Milwaukee 6in1   Combination Pliers (48-22-3069)
Capacity-solid wire8-16 AWG10-18 AWG
Capacity-stranded wire10-18 AWG12-20 AWG
Screw shearing6-32; 8-326-32; 8-32
Pipe reamernoup to 1 1/2-inch
Jawsspring-loadedspring-loaded w.   plastic lock
Overall length8 3/8 inches7 1/2 inches
Jaw length2 1/4 inches2 1/4 inches
Jaw width1 inch
Jaw thickness1/2 inch
Knife length1/2 inch1/2 inch
Point thickness1/8 inch
Country of originUSATaiwan
Web price   (approx--does not include shipping)$42$20 to $40