Donnmar Pliers – Its All About Owning The Right Tools

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Anyone who has set out to do a physical task of any kind is bound to appreciate the benefits of having the “right tool for the job”.  One of the most frustrating aspects of any DIY is fighting inferior tools while trying to get the job done.  The same applies to fishing and fishermen take their rigging seriously.  There is a lot on the line, and time is of the essence when it comes to working through your fishing chores.

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Donnmar offers several lines of pliers built to be the quality tool required for the job at hand.  Fishing includes a wide range of rigging chores including cutting wire and mono, twisting haywire twists, de-hooking fish, and a wide variety of boat tweaks that pop up.

Donnmar pliers are designed to excel at all of these chores, while still holding up in the harsh environment induced by saltwater and freshwater fishing.

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Donnmar Pro Staff, Erica Meichtry loves her Donnmar pliers.

Anglers can choose from two lines of Donnmar pliers, Titanium and Stainless Steel depending on preference and personal budget.  The benefits of military-grade titanium are less weight and durability while offering superior grip and ergonomics.  The stainless steel versions offer the same long-life and fully functional features with only a tad more weight and considerable savings upfront.

Both of these plier lines have the option of cutting jaws on top or in the standard position in the V of the jaws. There is also a choice of size in each model.  “I actually personally prefer the standard cutting style,” says Capt. Scott Goodwin.  “The top cutters are loved by many, but I feel like you have to aim the cutters and make sure you don’t drop the line below the cutter blades.  That’s just me and that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla.  The pliers also come in several size choices, also depending on one’s personal preference.  I usually prefer the smaller version to keep it less obtrusive when worn on my belt.”

Either way you choose, military-grade titanium or marine-grade stainless steel, you will appreciate a quality pair of pliers for your fishing chores.

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There are four models to choose from in both the Titanium and Stainless Steel Series. Here are some examples:

Checkpoint 950 Titanium Features

  • Handcrafted in upstate New York from components made in the U.S.A.
  • Patented Design.
  • Constructed of military-grade titanium.
  • Ultra-lightweight, yet amazingly strong and durable.
  • Non-slip Santoprene® rubber grips molded into the handles.
  • Super sharp shear cutting blades cut nylon, mono (up to 450#.), braided line, super braids, and wire (braided and single strand) up to 180# test.
  • Shear cutting groove for effortless cutting, the best model for cutting wire.
  • Replaceable Blades, so you will always have a clean cut.
  • The ‘gripping’ surface of the jaws features a 20° diamond pattern for a secure hold.
  • The pivot bearing is machined from solid brass. It is electroless nickel plated for a lifetime of smooth operation.
  • Internal spring loading allows convenient one-hand operation.
  • Donnmar pliers will not rust, corrode or oxidize.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • MSRP $379.99

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Checkpoint 900 Stainless Steel Features

  • Handcrafted in upstate New York from components made in the U.S.A.
  • Patented Design.
  • Constructed of marine-grade stainless steel.
  • Amazingly strong and durable.
  • Non-slip Santoprene® rubber grips molded into the handles.
  • Super sharp (tungsten-carbide) blades cut nylon, mono (up to 450#), braided line, super braids, and wire (braided and single strand) up to 180# test.
  • Replaceable Blades, so you will always have a clean cut.
  • The ‘gripping’ surface of the jaws features a 20° diamond pattern for a secure hold.
  • The pivot bearing is machined from solid brass. It is electroless nickel plated for a lifetime of smooth operation.
  • Internal spring loading allows convenient one hand operation.
  • Donnmar pliers will not rust, corrode or oxidize.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • MSRP $289.99

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The pliers all feature non-slip rubber grips that are molded right into the handles.  The replaceable blades can cut mono or wire easily and cleanly.  They are internally spring-loaded for one hand operation and made of materials that will hold up for many years of hard fishing.

Another great aspect of owning Donnmar pliers is the Limited Lifetime Warranty.  One aspect of the warranty offers a complete refurbishment service for any model plier.  For $50 dollars, anglers can send their pliers back to be made new again.  Donnmar will replace the cutters, spring, and bearing and refinish the pliers to bring them back to “as new as possible.”  They pride themselves on a quick turnaround time so fishermen do not have to be without their favorite pliers for more than a few days.

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You can also pick out an awesome leather sheath or holster, custom made for your Donnmar pliers.

Check out the Donnmar website to pick out which model will be your new favorite.