Been using generic pliers and tools I've had for years, most from
Pakistan, starting to really show wear and boy do my hands know
it. Looking at several lines of tools Swanstroms, Lindstroms, Rio
Grande, etc. ad nauseum and just getting more and more confused.
Are the higher prices for the Swans and Linds worth it?
They are if you need what they offer. Forming pliers must be of the
best quality. If you work with small parts, pliers must be ergonomic
and handle parts without marring, but at the same time secure. For
less demanding tasks, I would not use the cheapest ones, but prime
quality is not required either. Sorry for nebulous answer, but you
are the only one who can possibly know. Buy only what you need, at
the very best quality you can afford.