A few weeks ago I won some Lindstrom pliers on Twitter. (@lindstrom_USA if you want to follow them) Today they asked what I thought of them. Since you have limited space on Twitter, I figured I would write them up here.
First, let me say I was excited when I won. I have lots of pliers, and I like them all for different reasons and different uses. I knew these would be a chain nose plier, and I knew they were a new product. Anybody who uses pliers for jewelry probably knows the name Lindstrom, and their reputation. Who wouldn’t want a pair for free?
When I first received them I was quite surprised just how long and tiny the nose was. These will really get into some tight spaces, that’s for sure. The handles have a nice foam padding, return springs that seem to be quite hardy, and overall nicely constructed, just as you would expect from them. They advertise the handle as 4 1/2″, which is a bit small for my big paws, but I am used to it, and quite honestly, with such a fine tip, I think I would have had problems had the handles been any longer. The jaws have a nice finish to them, and the edge is not sharp, so they should not mar your delicate rings. Because the tip is so fine, I think I would worry about using them on anything bigger than 20g in a soft metal.
I did notice that while the side edge of the jaws had a nice, non sharp edge, the front edge on the tip was not quite as smooth. This has no effect on how I use them, but it might come up for others.
My only other issue was that I only had one. I am very used to using 2 of the same plier, and it made me feel lopsided. = )
For those that will ask, the bracelet is a European 4-1 on the Bias. 22g, 5/64″ ID in sterling silver. Approx 8″ long and contains approx 1300 rings. (and no, I did not use any magnification to build it)
Overall, this is a very nice plier that will find a home on my bench for the tiny/tight patterns I like to do.
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