What is it?
Gamakatsu 6-inch Stainless Fishing Pliers
What sets it apart?
Gamakatsu introduces a new line of heavy-duty pliers made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel with an array of relevant features. A needle nose design includes a precision split ring feature that facilitates replacements without broken fingernails. Made to cut braid, monofilament or fluorocarbon, the multi-functional jaws are coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which helps prevent corrosion and rust.
How do I use it?
The aesthetically pleasing blue handles feature a finger-friendly contour and a non-slip grip that ensures consistent performance in wet conditions. The spring-loaded pliers are available in 6-inch and 7-inch sizes with the main design difference being the braid cutter. The 6-inch model finds this element at the base of the jaws, while the 7-inch version places the braid cutter in the side position.
Gamakatsu’s new pliers include several appealing elements, but the detail that initially caught my eye is the sheath design. Made with a lanyard to keep the pliers close at hand, the sheath features a rigid pouch, as opposed to a tension design. This allows for easier in/out movements with less concern for precise alignment. Also, I prefer open sheaths, rather than styles with hook-and-loop or snap style straps that fold through the plier handles. Just a personal preference, but I can do without that extra step. As long as the pliers include a lanyard like Gamakatsu’s, I never worry about the tool getting away from me.