KNIPEX Tools TwinForce Diagonal Cutter Wins Multiple Industry Awards

Diagonal cutter honored for innovative, high-leverage design with awards from Pro Tool Reviews, Motor Magazine and Professional Tool Equipment News

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The KNIPEX Tools LP patented, dual-hinge designed high-leverage diagonal cutter, TwinForce won a Pro Tool Product Innovation Award.

The TwinForce achieves impressive cutting performance with two, welded, forged-in axles and precision-milled functional surfaces. This 7-inch tool cuts like a 10-inch tool; with its compact size it can fit into tight areas that a 10-inch tool cannot. The dual-hinged design of the KNIPEX TwinForce enables a high transmission of force, permitting cutting performance with considerably less strain, which is beneficial for cutting for long periods of time and for repetitive use. It requires approximately half of the strength to cut medium to hard wire when compared to other high-leverage diagonal cutters of the same size, even at the cutting tip.

"We're honored to have the TwinForce cutter recognized with an Innovation Award," said Alan Sipe, president and general manager, KNIPEX Tools. "The award-winning design of the TwinForce gives users the leverage, cutting power and effectiveness of a much larger tool, while still being able to cut in tight areas."

"Certain manufacturers go the extra mile to add useful and often game-changing innovations to their product offerings," said Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. "The winners deserve a coveted spot in the tool box of any tradesman, contractor or DIYer."

A panel of judges representing tool professionals from across the United States weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers, and the KNIPEX TwinForce diagonal cutter was selected as a recipient of this honor.

"We love the idea of more leverage in less space. Given the fact that electronics are constantly shrinking the amount of space we have to work with respect to motors and machinery, having more leverage with less clearance is a ginormous advantage," said the judging panel. "I don't know any tool bag that is complete without a good pair of pliers, and right now I can't think of a better pair than the new TwinForce series from KNIPEX."

KNIPEX TwinForce diagonal cutter was also honored by Motor Magazine with a Top 20 Tools Award, listing the cutter as an innovative tool that will help technicians diagnose and repair vehicles correctly the first time. The Top 20 Tool Awards encourage continued development and improvement of tools in order to help automotive technicians properly service today's technologically advanced vehicles.

Additionally, the TwinForce cutter received a product innovation award from Professional Tool & Equipment News magazine, making it a three-time, award-winning hand tool. The PTEN judging panel selected winning products based on their abilities to make vehicle diagnosis and repair easier and more efficient as well as make shops more productive.

About KNIPEX Tools

KNIPEX Tools LP is the North American sales and marketing organization of KNIPEXWerk and is located in Arlington Heights, Ill. KNIPEXWerk, Wuppertal, Germany, is the largest manufacturer of professional quality pliers in the world, producing up to 65,000 pliers per day, or up to 325,000 pliers each week. The company concentrates its efforts on being the best pliers manufacturer in terms of quality, innovation and efficiency and its pliers satisfy the highest expectations in terms of performance, ergonomics and service life.

About the Pro Tool Innovation Awards

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen in the electrical, plumbing, MRO and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards is backed by over a dozen media sponsors, including its founding member, Pro Tool Reviews, who hosts the awards each year on their website. Visit for more about the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

About Pro Tool Reviews

Pro Tool Reviews is a successful online tool review magazine with content written by electricians, plumbers, carpenters, framers, concrete/masonry professionals and general contractors. PTR reviews are written by professionals, for professionals. For additional information, please visit

About Motor Magazine's Top 20 tools Award

For over 20 years, Motor Magazine has reviewed the latest and most innovative tools from global automotive tool designers, manufacturers and suppliers and recognized the top 20 offerings based on originality, application and other select criteria.

About PTEN Innovation Awards

The PTEN Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products introduced in the last year to the automotive aftermarket. These tools, introduced or significantly updated within the last year, are evaluated based on their ability make vehicle diagnosis and repair easier and more efficient, and make shops more productive. 

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