These are my pliers – I use them for beadwork, wirework, and metal. When I first starting beading, I only had two pair of pliers and one cutter. Over the years, as I sought to learn new techniques or finish pieces in a different manner, I acquired more. There are a few general purpose ones and some that are designed for a certain task.
The small pair in the front with the blue handles are the first pair I ever bought. I got them from Accents Bead Store in Bethesda, MD and I think they cost $11.00. I have used them for years and they feel like part of my hand when I pick them up. Once in a while when my boyfriend is working on his honey-do list, he will ask for a pair of needle-nose pliers. I tell him I have these he can use, and then say that they were the first ones I ever bought back when I started beading. At this point, he usually finds something else to use. I need to buy him a pair of his own.