Bearing the Buckmark, Browning
Fishing Pliers (continued)
fishing in or on the shore of rivers there is a higher chance that the pliers
will get wet. In my case I deliberately submerged the pliers on multiple
occasions, even exposing the spring mechanism to debris. The center spring joint
is well sealed and though I submerged it and dropped it in gritty areas the
pliers continued to open and close smoothly. In addition to giving the pliers a
distinct appearance the anodized surface also helps resist corrosion, a big plus
if you plan on employing these pliers in brackish or saltwater environments.
The pliers have non slip handles
which remained grippy even when wet
on these pliers is also quite good and on the outer edge of each handle anglers
will find a rubber handle which provides a better tactile surface when working
with this tool. Even when these pliers were wet I found I was able to maintain a
secure grip. Of course if you do ever drop these pliers as long as you have the
lanyard and sheath strapped in they wonít be going anywhere.
The lanyard works and keeps the
pliers pinned to your belt
provides plenty of room to work and I found that I could extend the pliers a
good four feet away from the sheath with no problem. To test the durability of
the lanyard we stretched the pliers out and even flung them, which was a bad
idea since the lanyard did its job and the pliers came rocketing back like a
boomerang. The sheath also has a rotational plastic buckle so it can pivot on
your belt. While the rotation is a plus the sheer bulk that this mechanism adds
is a downside.
These pliers are good for changing
out split rings and hooks
Over the course
of our tests the pliers performed well and the stainless steel jaws do a good
job at everything from helping remove fish hooks to changing out split rings.
The one thing we did notice was the cutters did become duller over time and
after just a month of use I could tell that I had to squeeze harder to sever
thicker braided lines. These cutters are replaceable but unfortunately we
couldnít find anywhere online to order a new pair of blades, which somewhat
defeats the purpose of having them replaceable in the first place.
Even when submerged in gritty
material the pliers remained smooth
Now if you cannot replace the cutters it isnít the end of the world as they
still will cut through most traditional lines and you have to consider the fact
that these pliers are very reasonably priced. Ranging from $39.99-49.99 on Bass
Pro, depending on the promotional period these pliers are cheaper than many
competing offerings that have many less features. Sure they are not as refined
as a pair of Abel pliers but they donít cost nearly as much either.
The steel jaws are able to handle
small split shot
are a bit too big for most trout applications but are great for bass anglers
that routinely need to switch out hooks or dislodge treble and worm hooks from
fish. The cutters do a good job for most lines but are a bit light for heavier
saltwater applications. For mid-sized species these pliers are a good option.
Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)
Browning Fishing Pliers
Overall construction is good, and while not as refined as some premium
pliers there is nothing sloppy about the build on these pliers either, both
the materials and tolerances are right on
Good overall performance in a wide range of applications. The cutters dulled
after time but in general these pliers have everything that bass anglers are
looking for all in one package
great price for a tool of this quality. We did find it online at BPS for
only 39.99 on sale which is a steal
terms of features this pair of pliers squeezes quite a bit in for the money.
Top features include the cutter, spring loaded construction, anodized
surfaces and non slip grips.
non slip grips are comfortable and help when the tool is wet but the pliers
themselves are rather heavy
Good for bass anglers and mid range species. While they can be used for
trout they are a little on the big and cumbersome side for smaller species
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
Pluses and Minuses:
Anodized surface resists corrosion
Cutters dulled quickly when used on superlines|
Spring loaded construction
Comes with a lanyard and sheath
Great overall value
Are you a Browning fan or perhaps
just looking for a quality pair of fishing pliers that are reasonably priced?
The Browning pliers from BPS will get the job done
There are hunters and fishermen out there that love the ďBuckmarkĒ and have it
proudly displayed on the back of their car, in their garage in the form of a gun
safe or perhaps own Browning firearms or knives, perhaps they even have Browning
branded bedsheets up at their cabin. Iíve even met outdoor enthusiasts that have
tattooed the logo on their arm, which really demonstrates passion for a brand.
Browning has become a worldwide recognized brand and Bass Proís Browning pliers
do a good job providing not just fans of the brand, but all mainstream anglers
with a quality option at a reasonable price point.
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