Best brand of tools?


I’m looking into buying a new set of tools for beading and wirework.
Esp. a good pair of flush cutters.

Is this Lindstrom set a good deal?

What brands do y’all prefer?


Hi Peggy -

Lindstrom makes great tools, but the Bead Shop has marked them up a
lot. At that link it says that each tool is $79, but I just bought
two Lindstrom pliers for about $40 each. I got mine from:


If you all want my personal opinion. If I saw same tools of pliers,
one was a Lindstrom and the other was cheaper kind…I would put the
other kind back and pay happily for the better Lindstrom! This
company by far supersedes all metal pliers on the market…in my
humbled opinion. What you get is “top quality” all the time.

“Gerry, the Cyber-Setter” and proud owner of many Lindstrom

Peggy The set you have indicated at an average of $71.00 a plier is
very high.

You could get a Lindstrom Flush cutting plier # 8141 (yellow handle)
for $ 36.00 to $ 38.00

If you are new to this please get yourself a decent German set and
you can always use them as a backup when you upgrade.

Kenneth Singh


I have not used the Lindstrom pliers with the ergonomic handles but I
love my Lindstrom pliers and will never buy anything else if I can
avoid it. Did I mention I love my pliers? :wink:

$285.00 is way too much to pay for that set of 4 pliers. For
comparison, Rio Grande has the same set for $148.15. Shop around.

Buy the best tools you can possibly afford. You will save yourself
hand strain and money by getting good hand tools. I think of all the
cheap pliers I bought early on and I cringe. I could have paid for
Lindstroms a couple times over. Ah, the folly of youth.

Dana Whitehorn-Umphres

Lindstrom is my favorite brand; I find myself reaching for them
above all else. $285.00 seems awfully high to me though.



For wirework, I must have a good pair of flat nose pliers. I prefer
the Lindstrom brand. The flat nose pliers sell for about $40 in the
Rio Grande catalog. I do not use expensive round nose pliers - not
necessary. I also use inexpensive bead cord cutters for cutting the
wire. I find that even with the most expensive flush cutters, the
edges dull. With bead cord cutters you can get in closer to the wire,
they cost about $5, and last approx 3 months.

Peggy I use Lindstrom pliers some I have for 15 plus years .If you
enjoy great tools well made precision pliers then they are worth
every dollar . I have 2 sets one for Platinum work and one for the
rest of my work .The cutters all have arecomended limit on the size
and type of wire they will cut be sure to get the one you need
baised on the type of cutting you do. I have broken 2 cutters by
trying to cut white gold wire over the suggested limit of the
tool.that was my fault and I purchesed 2 of the larger size cutters
and they have been flawless.

Happy Holidays
Sam Olin HVJ inc

Cheap is expensive. You get what you pay for.

Ray Grossman

Brands are for identification. So if you need the same one you can
be relatively sure it is may be the same one.

Shopping by brand would make you buy Mont Blanc Pens, Rolex watches
so on.

There is always a right tool for every job. As the job gets repeated
the minds start working on refining the tool & searching and we end
up in Good Tools, Better tools, Best Tools & Gizmos.

Think of it, if everyone shopped around by brands 80% of us would be
out of business.

Approach the tool buying solution with the idea of what you need &
not what you can afford.

Learn what you can do with the tools take a class. If you are asking
which is the best brand chances are you do not know what you are
doing/need. At this point you want to avoid the sales pitch and
come to the Orchid Forum.

One thing is sure that here you will get many contradicting
suggestions these wills save you time in your thought process. You
will certainly save time & money. But whatever you do will be your
own decision.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Kenneth Singh
46 Jewelry Supply NY,NY

You can get a excellent deal on beading supplies as well pliers from
Rio, stuller, progress and gewessin.

Andy " The Tool Guy" Kroungold
Tool Sales / Technical
Stuller Inc
Phone 800-877-7777 ext. 94194
Fax 337-262-7791

Lindstrom pliers are the best I’ve ever used, but I’ve seen them for
significantly less than $70/pair.

– Leah

    Lindstrom pliers are the best I've ever used, but I've seen
them for significantly less than $70/pair. 

Hi Folks…

For the day job, I am in Industrial Distribution… Among other
things…I sell tools…

Once you know what you need or want… Buy the best tool you can
afford… You will never go wrong… Guy name of L.S. Starrett founded
a company on that idea…

If it’s a specialty type of tool…talk to someone you know and
respect, and ask what they recommend…the Best, and then what’s
OK… They will know…

I’ve been doing this for 30 years now…

I once had an order that got screwed up by the vendor… The vendor
had sent a Lindstrom pliers instead of some kind of wrench that that
the guy had ordered…

Guy said…I still need the wrench…bill me for the *&^#!
pliers…and get the the *&^%! wrench as soon as possible…

He did not want to return the pliers…

Billed him both ways… Sold him some more pliers, different kinds,
Lindstrom only, also……

You know…your tools are an extension of You…

Think about that…

Gary W. Bourbonais
A.J.P. (GIA)

I as well would agree on the linstrom. Stuller carries the yellow
handle as the white handle and now lindstrom rx seris. As well the
company stand behind the pliers forever. There are so many different
types of pliers lap joint, box joint and they vary in price. Check
all the companies out and see. There are folks at each company they
can give you excellent comment on which brand and which pair will
work for you.

Andy " The Tool Guy" Kroungold
Tool Sales / Technical
Stuller Inc
Phone 800-877-7777 ext. 94194
Fax 337-262-7791

Orchid and of course our Andy!!!

To give you all an example of Lindstrom (with a D) one pair of
end-cutters deciding to turn itself into a 3 piece mechanism…jaw
broke off!..:>) I returned it to my favourite tool-supply
house…“Eisinger” sorry Andy Kroungold!!! you know what happened
after this??..I received another pair…can you all say… NO
CHARGE…just like Rolls-Royce, they never break down as with also
"Lindstrom" you want perfection? you get perfection and it stays
perfect condition!

“Gerry, the Cyber-Setter”