Here’s another contender for some serious attention, especially in the “accessories” realm. Dr. Slick has created these “Typhoon” pliers that are not only functional and solid, they have a retail pricepoint of $60. And no, I didn’t mistakenly drop a digit from in front of the 60. They’re machined, they’re comfortable to grip, they are corrosion resistant, and they even come with replacement cutters. Here’s a link to more I said about Typhoon on fieldandstream.com.
The bottom line with these is that retailers will have to decide… are you selling oodles of $300 pliers? Can you mix your offering of high-end pliers and these budget (but surprisingly high quality) pliers? You’ll have to come up with your own opinions, and yes, we’ll all have to see how long the jaws and blades really last. But that price is going to shock people, and I think this is a crossover product for both gear anglers and fly folks.