Irwin Vise-Grip Diagonal Cutting Pliers Review

The Irwin Vise-Grip diagonal cutting pliers are a great hand tool, and if your workshop is anything like mine, then you will love having a quality low end pair that’s easy on the budget.

My old pliers were wearing out and hurting my hands, so I thought it was a good time to search for some new diagonal cutting pliers. Of all the low end pliers I researched, one pair stood out above all the rest – the Irwin Vise-Grip diagonal cutting pliers. I liked them so much I decided to share my research findings with you.

Irwin Vice-Grip Diagonal Pliers, 6 Inch
Let’s talk about the use case for a pair of diagonal pliers. In spite of the word “pliers”, this tool is not intended for turning or grabbing anything. It is for cutting wire. The cutting action of these pliers is more like indenting and pulling apart, so there could be a nub of wire left after cutting. Also, this type of wire cutter is meant for softer wire like copper or brass. Sometimes you will see someone complain that after cutting wire with this type of cutter it left an indentation in the jaw. That’s usually because they were cutting a type of wire outside of the pliers’ specification, like tempered steel (think piano wire). Always be sure to use your tools for the purpose they are intended.

The grip on these pliers is extremely comfortable and my hands don’t get as tired using them. I like the sturdiness of them and  because they are a little bit smaller they can fit into some tighter cutting spaces. They are very sharp as well.


  • Comfortable
  • Good quality for the price
  • Sharp and sturdy


  • Not good for flush cuts

Irwin Vice-Grip Diagonal Pliers, 6 Inch
9.1 Total Score

Excellent oxidation resistance. Comfortable grip reduces fatigue. Meets ANSI specifications.

Value for Money
Irwin Vice-Grip Diagonal Pliers, 6 Inch

In summary, the Irwin Vise-Grip diagonal cutting pliers can handle most wire cutting tasks you throw at them, and are highly rated wire cutters. Well made and comfortable to use, most real buyers of this product are extremely pleased with their purchase and would recommend these pliers to others.


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