From time to time I rant on about the degrading of quality in tools. Eclipse is one company whose pin chucks were elegant well made tools, but are now chunky and crude.

It was a surprise, however, to find that I should add Swedish tool manufacturer Lindstrom to the list. I already have some of their pliers (models L7891, L7892), and a host of their cutters (80-series 8140 and 8160, with a set of spares, and RX-series 8130 and 8247). I also have pliers from another manufacturer (CK), but that is not today’s issue.

I decided I needed another bent snipe nose pliers (L7892) due to my hand injury, so I ordered a set from Farnell. I was amazed to receive a lap jointed tool!

Now the Farnell catalogue, the Lindstrom catalogue and all other sources show this as being a box jointed tool. I even phoned up Lindstrom, and the person who answered (I’ll not name them) read out from Lindstrom’s information all the advantages of box jointed pliers!. I’ve emailed Lindstrom asking what has happened.


This first photo shows a typical Lindstrom box jointed plier.


The second shows their ultimate RX range plier, new stock, lap jointed with a screw through the joint. It is not so clear, but in my opinion the quality and finish are cruder
as well.

Classic manufacture New stock
Joint (Hinge) Box Lap with screw
Model no On (unique) handle Stamped on metal (common handles)
Country of manufacture Sweden France/Spain

(sorry, this table has not come out too well).

As it happens, the change happened about 6 months ago, and there are still some old stock units around. I’ll be buying up lifetime’s stock tomorrow!

Why buy substandard units – as Lindstrom must admit, given their literature – at such high prices; the only justification was quality, which is clearly down the toilet now.

This is not the first time I find myself buying a lifetime’s stock of items, but this was not one place I considered I would have to do this from!