slowster wrote:As a general purpose tool I like the Knipex Pliers Wrench. The 150mm size is much heavier (170g) than some of the lightweight multi-tools, but it is a much more useful tool:
- Parallel jaws properly grip spanner flats, unlike ordinary pliers which often have the potential to damage fastenings with their serrated jaws.
- The way the pliers work ensures that fastenings are gripped by the flats with no play or looseness which might result in the corners being rounded off
- Very wide opening jaws (27mm on the 150mm version), so it can be used for everything from tightening a presta valve core to a pedal or a solid axle nut.
Although it's not designed primarily as a pair of pliers, I've found it useful for awkward tasks like gripping the tabs on BB7 disc brake pads to twist and remove the pad, and to crimp the metal brackets supplied with SKS mudguards (for which the parallel closing jaws are far better than pliers), and I've read of others using them to bend warped brake discs.
I have a sawn off and much filed down little spanner for my SKS mudguards, which I tuck in the neoprene pouch with my multitool. Two inches long and filed thin, but does the job perfectly.