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Plier Data & Recommendations

Please read all of the detailed notes to understand what is being shown in the chart.
The information listed for recommendations for pliers is specific to certain criteria we used. Please read the this page before using this data for your selection. We do not guarantee this data - it is a reference based on 1 persons testing! There are too many variables like technique, experience, hand size, hand strength, ring size, weave etc. Its simply not possible to list the exact plier that YOU should use for all projects. The best we can do is given you data to consider before you purchase.

You can see all of our pliers here How to Use This Chart: The max and min sizes are not the ideal sizes for use with the plier. They are the edge of the pliers useful range in the hands of a mailler with moderate skill. For the best suited and easiest to use plier, choose the plier that has a max higher than your project and a minimum lower.
Price: The most important thing to know about price is that the lower the price the more variation there can be in manufacture of the plier. That means that the pliers with the one $ symbol can have a fatter or thinner tip from plier to plier.
If you are using the plier on the edge of that pliers capability you may want to start with a $$ plier.
Max Recommended Wire Thickness: To determine the maximum size we recommend for a plier a person with moderate hand strength opened and closed rings. The pliers were held in the same way in which they would be used while weaving. (as opposed to a way that maximizes their force on one loose ring) A larger inside diameter ring is easier to open than a tight ring. For example a 14g 1/2" ring is considerably easier to open compared to a 14g 1/4" ring. We used common, mid-sized ID's for our testing. The following is the list we used
Stainless 12g 1/2", 14g 3/8", 16g 5/16", 18g 3/16"
Copper 14g 3/8", 16g 5/16"
Bronze 14g 3/8", 16g 5/16", 18g 3/16"
Aluminum 12g 7/16", 14g 3/8", 16g 5/16", 18g 3/16"
Remember the size listed is the MAX size we recommend. This means while you can weave this size using the plier as noted you will find that if you want to weave a very large project that going to plier where the size you are weaving is less than the max will be easier.
For example you can weave 16g stainless using our brand wide nose plier BUT you will find it a lot easier with any of the flat nose pliers that have a max of 14g.
Please also keep in mind that regardless of recommendation here in some cases you will simply need a plier to close a ring in a weave when that plier is not the best for the job. For example if you are closing a ring in a tight spot in a weave you may need to use a chain nose to be able to get at the ring - even if the ring is 16g stainless.
Please keep all of these factors in mind as you read the data shown. Someone with great hand strength and skill can use an unsuitable plier to open a strong large ring - that isn't the point of this data.
ROUND NOSE PLIERS: the test was to make a loop at the end of a piece of wire.
NYLON JAW PLIERS: these pliers are useful on soft materials in thicker sizes only. Harder materials will damage the plier. The tip is too fat for smaller rings.
BENT NOSE PLIERS: these pliers can be used like a chain nose as well as like a wide nose (with more plier making contact with the ring). These tests were done with more jaw in contact with the ring. The best use of these pliers is in your off hand with a wide or chain in your primary hand.
Minimum Recommended Ring Size: The limiting factor for this piece of data is the tip size of the plier. In certain weaves you will always need a finer tip to get into the weave. The data shown here is for a middle ring in a byzantine weave. This is a very forgiving weave in most cases but if you need to get into the weave to say touch up a closure your pliers tips need to fit.
The following is the list of ring sizes used for the byzantine weave tip test:
18g 5/32", 19g 9/64", 20g 7/64", 22g 3/32", 24g 5/64"
As with the max thickness test, a skilled mailler can use a fat jawed plier to close a tiny ring in a weave, but again that is not the point of this data. We tested with average skill in mind.
Also as with the max test if you intend on doing an entire project in the minimum size listed you will find it easier to use pliers that are rated with a smaller minimum. The minimum listed is the edge, not the easiest.
Gauge Conversion: 12g = 0.1' = 2.4mm = 12g SWG = 10g AWG
14g = 0.08' = 2.0mm = 14g SWG = 12g AWG
16g = 0.63' = 1.6mm = 16g SWG = 14g AWG
18g = 0.48' = 1.2mm = 18g SWG = 16g AWG
19g = 0.4' = 1.0mm = 19g SWG = 18g AWG
20g = 0.32' = 0.8mm = 20g AWG
TRL Product CodeDescriptionPrice PointMax Recommended Wire Thickness (*See Notes Above)Minimum Recommended Size (*See Notes Above)
Wide Nose Pliers Stainless and Titanium (SS/TI): Copper (CU): Bronze and Brass (BZ/BJR): Aluminum (anodized AA and bright AB):
KXPLIERWIDETheRingLord Brand Specially designed for The Ring Lord and great for chainmail!
No teeth, light spring, box joint.
These are inexpensive and the size of the tips may vary.
$16g12g16g12g20g
Kxergo-wideWide Nose Plier with Ergonomic handle no teeth, light spring, lap joint.
These are inexpensive and the size of the tips may vary.
$16g12g16g12g20g
KX3711125Knipex Watchmakers Plier - Wide Nose No teeth, no spring, box joint.
The edge is even slightly beveled so they won't cut into the rings.
Made in Germany.
$$$16g12g16g12g20g
KX3512115Knipex Electronics Pliers - Flat wide Jaws No teeth, light spring, box joint.
A precision tool that will keep on weaving for millions of rings.
electrically discharging handles - dissipative.
$$$$$16g12g16g12g20g
Flat Nose Pliers
KX-ErgoLineErgonomic Linesmans Plier - 120mm long Teeth, spring, lap joint.
Recommended for small hands.
Excellent for tougher rings in tighter spaces.
$14g12g14g12g19g
KX-smlinesSmall Linesmans Plier - 120mm long Teeth, spring, lap joint.
Recommended for small hands.
Excellent for tougher rings in tighter spaces.
$14g12g14g12g19g
KX2001125Knipex Flatnose Plier - 125mm long Fine teeth, no spring, lap joint.
Recommended for small hands.
Made in Germany
$$$14g12g14g12g18g
KX2001140Knipex Flatnose Plier - 140 mm long Fine teeth, no spring, lap joint.
Recommended for average sized hands.
Made in Germany
$$$14g12g14g12g18g
KX2001160Knipex Flatnose Plier - 160 mm long Fine teeth, no spring, lap joint.
Recommened for Large hands.
Made in Germany
$$$14g12g14g12g18g
KX200-ERGOMODModified Knipex 2002160 Plier - with ergonomic handles This is the plier the Professional Armorers use! - now with ergonomic handles.
The ultimate plier for working with larger stainless and titanium rings - but works well with all materials. Not recommended for 20g and thinn
$$$$12g12g12g12g18g
KX200-MODModified Knipex 2001160 Plier This is the plier the Professional Armorers use!
The ultimate plier for working with larger stainless and titanium rings - but works well with all materials. Not recommended for 20g and thinner as the pliers may not clos
$$$$12g12g12g12g18g
Chain Nose Pliers
KXPLIERCHAINTheRingLord Brand No teeth, light spring, box joint.
These are inexpensive and the size of the tips may vary.
$18g14g16g14g22g
KX475Xuron Short Nose Plier No teeth, light spring, lap joint
These are really tiny and great for mico-maille. Not recommended for larger than 19g rings - but this is personal preference.
Made in USA
$$18g14g16g14g24g
KX485Xuron Long Nose Plier No teeth, light spring, lap joint
These are really tiny and great for mico-maille. Not recommended for larger than 19g rings - but this is personal preference.
Longer version of the 475
Made in USA
$$20g18g20g18g24g
KXTWEEZERNOSEXuron Tweezernose Plier The Ultimate needle nose - Tip is about 2mm wide.
No teeth, light spring, lap joint.
$$20g18g20g18g24g
KX3731125Knipex Watchmakers Plier - Narrow Nose No teeth, no spring, lap joint.
A precision tool that will keep on weaving for millions of rings.
Made in Germany
$$$18g14g16g14g22g
KX3522115Knipex Electronics Pliers - Chain Nose No teeth, light spring, box joint.
A precision tool that will keep on weaving for millions of rings.
electrically discharging handles - dissipative
$$$$$18g14g16g14g22g
Round Nose Pliers
KxErgo-RoundRound Nose with Ergonomic handle light spring, lap joint.$20g16g18g16gNot Applicable
Kxprem-RoundPremium Round Nose pliers light spring, box joint.
German made.
$19g16g18g16gNot Applicable
KX488Xuron (488) light spring, lap joint
round tip transitions to elliptical shape along length of tip. Ideal for forming or looping of very fine wire in precision work.
Made in USA
$$20g18g18g18gNot Applicable
KX3741125Knipex Watchmakers Plier - Round Nose no spring, lap joint
Made in Germany.
$$$19g16g18g16gNot Applicable
Nylon Jaw Pliers
KXPLIERNYLONNylon Jaw Plier smooth nylon jaws, no spring, box joint
These are a very high quality plier.
$$Not recommendedNot recommendedNot recommended12g18g
Bent Nose Pliers
Kxergo-bentyellowBent Nose with Ergo. Handle - no teeth No teeth, light spring, lap joint$14g14g14g12g20g

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