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wilde slip joint pliers Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

A few weeks ago I heard that Wilde was coming out with new slip-joint pliers that featured a field-serviceable flush-joint pivot. I don’t really need more pliers, but after learning that they’re made in the USA and priced at less than $10 at Harry Epstein Co, I ordered a pair.

So what’s the point of flush-joint pivot? Not only does this make slip-joint pliers more compact and easy to maneuver in tight areas, it allows the pliers to be held completely flat against a surface.

wilde craftsman and stanley slip joint pliers Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

Above, you can see the Wilde pliers (middle), surrounded by Craftsman (left) and Stanley (right) models. The Craftsman pliers feature a flush-joint pivot, and the Stanley pliers a low-profile rivet.

wilde craftsman and stanley slip joint pliers back side Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

Flipping the tools over, you can see that the Wilde pliers have a recessed button head cap screw adjustment. The Craftsman pin is flush but permanently factory-installed, and the Stanley rivet is similarly permanent.

To be honest, neither the Craftsman nor the Stanley pliers have ever given me trouble. I don’t really see a need to tighten up or loosen pivot tension, put some users may like the ability to make adjustments in the field.

wilde slip joint pliers utility knife scale Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

The pliers are 6-3/4″ long, which is a good size for slip-joint pliers, and an 8″ version is also available.

wilde slip joint pliers jaws Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

The jaws are lined with coarse teeth that are blunted and rounded down slightly. This won’t prevent damage if you grip items with a superman-grip, but it could help and might prevent damage and early wear of the teeth.

wilde slip joint pliers gripping objects Tool Review: Wilde Flush Joint Pliers

I’ve used these pliers for a number of small projects this week, and I quite like them. The tool is well-made, the pivot is buttery smooth, switching from one mode to the other is effortless, and the jaws are well-machined.

These pliers are about as no-frills as can be, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Slip-joint pliers are not precision tools, they are intended as general purpose all-around pliers. Use ‘em, abuse ‘em, oil ‘em every now and then, and these pliers should last a lifetime. Every 10 years, you may need to Plasti-Dip the handles.

Wilde flush-joint fasteners are available via Harry Epstein Co in 6-3/4″ and 8″ sizes for under $10 each. One warning – set a budget for yourself before browsing the store, as it’s quite easy to get carried away with all the USA-made and closeout goodies.

Stuart Deutsch is a tool enthusiast, critic, and collector, and writes his passion at ToolGuyd.

Stuart Deutsch

When I am not testing and reviewing new tools, I am working on robotics, electronics, woodworking, and other types of projects.

I am also interested in microscopy, the physical sciences, and new technologies.

I write more about tools and workshop topics over at

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