Knipex bestsellers: What are the tool brand's top 3 handtools?

Identifying products that shift is key for merchants, distributors and retailers. Torque doesn’t have a crystal ball and can’t tell you what is going to be a big seller in the next 12 months, but we can tell you what were the Knipex bestsellers of the past year, after quizzing the hand tool brand...


The KNIPEX Pliers Wrench range replaces the need for sets of metric and imperial spanners. Smooth jaws allow for damage-free installation of plated fittings – meaning users can work directly on chrome.

The pliers are also excellent for gripping, holding, pressing and bending workpieces. By simply pushing the button, users can make an adjustment on the workpiece. The zero backlash jaw pressure prevents damage to edges of sensitive components.

Parallel jaws provide a solid grip with a reliable catching of the hinge bolt so there is no unintentional shifting. The ratchet type principle allows quick and easy tightening and release of all bolted connections, says KNIPEX, while its lever transmission is greater than 10:1 for very strong gripping power. It now comes in a slimmer 180mm length (86 01 180), with narrow gripping jaws – perfect for tightening in confined spaces. This makes it even easier to use thanks to considerably reduced weight, fluted handle and a slim jaw profile with undercut.


Substantially lighter than comparable pipe wrenches, the KNIPEX Cobra range of water pump pliers have significant capacity and are available in lengths 125mm to 560mm.

The Cobra pliers are self-locking and will not slip on the pipe, nut or joint being worked on, so there’s no time consuming trial and error to find the correct setup of the plier. They can be directly adjusted on the workpiece – simply position the upper  jaw, push the button and slide the lower jaw closed. Reliable catching of the hinge bolt prevents unintentional shifting. Like the snake that gave the range its name, Cobra teeth grab the item firmly. Specially hardened to approx 61 HRC, that grip is long-lasting.


Boasting high cutting performance in a convenient length of 160mm, these cobalt bolt cutters are pitched as ideal for cutting nails, bolts and rivets in tight areas, these pliers feature a lever action mechanism which provides a cutting performance 30 times higher than the hand force applied.

They feature a heavy duty, induction-hardened cutting edge for thin, hard wire, screws and springs with material slippage thanks to its lasered cutting edge.

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 edition of Torque Magazine. Read the whole magazine online and subscribe to the mag, for free, today.