Powerful Pliers. Channellock says its new 8-inch High-Leverage Lineman’s Plier (#368) requires considerably less cutting force than the competition, thanks to increased leverage achieved by moving the rivet forward, closer to the cutting edges. The company also says that “knife-and-anvil” cutting edges ensure a clean cut that won’t become misaligned over time. The tool is made in the U.S. and costs about $24; a 9 1/2-inch version (#369) introduced last year costs about $32. Channellock, 800/724-3018, channellock.com.