Knipex XS Pliers Wrench Review – World’s Smallest Pliers Wrench

The New Knipex XS Pliers Wrench does the job of a whole wrench set and fits in the watch pocket of your jeans. Find out more about the new product in this article.

After the Knipex Cobra XS became such a success, Knipex Tools has announced the release of the Knipex Pliers Wrench XS; the world’s smallest pliers wrench. It is so small that you can hold it between the jaws of a 10-inch knipex cobra by its length.

However, despite being so small, the Knipex XS pliers wrench is an entire wrench set in the pocket. You can use it in your home improvement projects as a wrench or a handy tool for inspecting and tightening down small nuts and bolts that come loose on your machines.

What is the difference between Knipex Pliers Wrench XS and Knipex Cobra XS?

The Cobra XS and the Wrench XS are two different types of small adjustable pliers. The knipex Cobra® XS is the world’s smallest water pump pliers. This means that it has teeth on its jaws for gripping objects of different shapes but mostly round objects such as pipes and fasteners. In contrast, the Knipex Pliers Wrench XS has flat jaws that are constantly parallel to each other even when they open and close. It is a pliers version of an adjustable spanner and it is designed for tightening and loosening hex-shaped fasteners only.

So, basically, the difference between cobra xs and pliers wrench xs is the same as that of pliers wrench vs water pump pliers. I have talked extensively about those differences here.

Knipex Pliers Wrench XS Features

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Key Features

  • Length: 4 inches or 100mm
  • Maximum jaw width: 3/4 inches or 21mm
  • Ultra-compact design and slim head
  • 11 adjustment positions

Measuring just 4 inches from head to tail, the knipex XS pliers wrench is one of the smallest yet versatile tools. You can carry it anywhere just like your pocket knife. This teeny tiny pliers wrench offers a jaw width range of up to 21mm, which means you can use it to do the job of an entire wrench set.

The tool has a generally slim profile to offer optimum accessibility. Moreover, the handles are naked to maintain the tool’s slim profile. You can use it to tighten loose fasteners in confined spaces. Because of its small size, you can easily operate the Knipex Wrench XS with one hand.

There are up to 11 adjustment positions that let you change the jaw width with precision. This helps you close in on nuts and bolts tighter than an open-end wrench would. As a result, the risk of rounding off bolt heads and nuts is eliminated.

To make it easier to operate the small wrench, the manufacturer has incorporated the signature ratcheting function. The feature lets you loosen your grip to rotate the wrench without taking it off the fastener. This helps to increase your productivity.

Lastly, the small knipex wrench pliers are very comfortable in your hands. Although the handles lack plastic or rubber overmold, they are knurled to provide a non-slip grip. They are also designed to prevent pinching your fingers when you open the jaws all the way. The pliers are also light on your hands and very tough on fasteners.

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Using Knipex XS wrench to tighten a loose nut [Photo: Knipex Tools]

So, if you are looking for a ‘wrench set’ that can fit in the pocket or your plier holder pouch, the Knipex XS Pliers Wrench is it. You can carry it anywhere and use it to fix loose nuts and bolts that do not need to be torqued to spec.

This tiny pliers wrench is very handy for fixing hex shape plumbing fittings at home that are no wider than 3/4inches. So, any handyman out there should be freeing up his belt pouch for pocket tools to make room for this handy little adjustable wrench from Knipex.

Where can I buy Knipex XS Pliers Wrench

The tiny Knipex pliers wrench will be released to the market in September 2021. You can buy it directly from the manufacturer’s website, your local hardware store, or popular online retailers such as Amazon, Homedepot, or the German Tools Distributor KC Tool.