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Old 2014-03-01, 9:23am
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Hi everyone. Two of my previous pliers broke. The spring part somehow snapped or broke and now they're useless. I admit, they were a cheap, inexpensive set of five.

Can any of you recommend a good quality manufacturer...even if I have to buy them individually!

Thanks in advance

Duane
PS. I saw lindstrom's pliers after I posted this....I'd like something a little LESS expensive than $60 a piece lol
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Old 2014-03-01, 10:40am
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Duane, have you looked at Wubbers? There's a seller on eBay that has them very reasonably priced.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wubbers-Clas...item5661c22df2

I really put my pliers through the ringer and I have a pair of these, they've stood the test of time.
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Old 2014-03-01, 11:51am
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I like the Rio brand. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive, and great quality, especially if you are not a professional bench jeweler.
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Old 2014-03-01, 2:27pm
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Michaels and AC Moore have better supplies than they used to. I've bought some tools from them and still have them, but I don't make jewelry every day.
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Old 2014-03-01, 3:00pm
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What do they look like?

I do a lot of chainmail and the springs often wear out long before the rest of the tool.
Some models/brands have a life time warranty others have replaceable parts.
Most of them it's just easier/faster to fabricate a replacement option.
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Old 2014-03-01, 3:46pm
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I checked out michaels earlier today. They had pliers from $3.99-26.99. They were well stock in the less expensive categories but had very little in the price point I wanted. Glass figure!

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Old 2014-03-01, 4:18pm
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I have also purchased some quality pliers for VERY REASONABLE prices from widgetsupply.com. Wire cutter's, too.
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Old 2014-03-01, 6:44pm
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I took some classes with Sharilyn MIller, a wire jewelry artist. She takes the springs out of all of her pliers intentionally. The resistance of the spring causes hand fatigue. I know that's not a big issue for those not making jewelry all the time but the point is that the pliers are perfectly useful without the spring.
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Old 2014-03-01, 8:03pm
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My wife has made quite a bit of chain maille bracelets and lots of wire wrapped earrings. Her pliers of choice ar Lindstrom. Not cheap, but she feels they are worth the expense.
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Old 2014-03-01, 11:53pm
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I love Tronex, but they're in the same price range as Lindstrom, I think.
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Old 2014-03-02, 6:38am
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Lindstrom and Tronex are both awesome if you want to spend the $. The balance of them in your hand is great. Artsy, have you tried the German made Rio brand? They are pretty darn good for the price range. I have not had mine long so do not know about their longevity, but I see nothing that makes me doubt they will hold up well.
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Old 2014-03-02, 7:50am
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I have some "expensive" pliers that I bought new in the early 80s and they are still in great shape.
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Old 2014-03-02, 9:22am
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Xuron makes some very nice tools.
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Old 2014-03-02, 11:06am
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I just bought, but have not used, the Revere pliers. Got them from Rio Grande. To see the price you might have to sign in, but the set of 4 is $129.00; the round-nose pliers are $33.50. Alan Revere has a jewelry academy in San Francisco and had the pliers specially designed in Germany. He removed the springs (as mentioned even by another person using pliers); he also intentionally does not have plastic coating on the handles.

http://www.riogrande.com/Search/revere-pliers

The description: "Designed by renowned goldsmith Alan Revere, the Revere line of pliers are made in Germany and modeled after the traditional European jeweler’s pliers. This superior round-nose plier is sure to satisfy even the most discriminating jeweler. Available individually or as part of a kit."

More details: http://www.revereacademy.com/shop/revere-pliers/
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