Bearing the Buckmark, Browning
Total Score: 7.58 -
Introduction: John Moses Browning was one of the
most prolific gun inventors in the 1900’s. Today the brand bearing his name is
associated with a wide range of outdoor products beyond just firearms, and the
company’s attractive “Buckmark” logo is probably one of the most recognized by
outdoor enthusiasts, especially sport shooters and hunters. Though firearms are
without a doubt the first thing that comes to mind for most when they think
“Browning” the brand can also be found on many fishing products ranging from
reels bearing the same names as the company’s iconic firearms and tools, like
the Browning fishing pliers we take a look at today.
cutter, non slip
sheath and coil
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Are you a Browning fan? The
Buckmark can be found on these fishing pliers
The Buckmark, Browning’s logo can be found on everything from hunting and
fishing tackle to sportswear and camping gear. What the brand is best known for
is firearms and one of John Browning’s most famous creations was the over and
under, or stacked barrel shotgun, many of which continued to be sold today under
the Browning Citori Series. If that “Citori” name sounds familiar to you then
you’re probably thinking of the reels that brandish the same name.
Browning makes fishing tackle but
is best known for their firearms
firearms have been used by civilians and military since the early 1900s but it
might surprise many that the company has long outsourced the actual construction
of many of these firearms, even some of the most iconic ones. Browning’s designs
have been built by many well known company’s including Winchester, Colt,
Remington, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstel of Belgium and Miroku in Japan. Today
Browning is a fully owned subsidiary of FN Herstal.
Browning fans love the company's
Buckmark logo which can be found on everything from shotguns to pliers
In addition to
their primary firearms products the company also has a huge portfolio of
licensee products. These are products that are authorized to be produced and
marketed bearing the Browning name and Buckmark logo yet are not directly
manufactured by the brand. Fishing products fall under this category and the
official licensee in this arena is none other than Bass Pro Shops, which is
exactly why you find Browning reels and fishing tools at your local BPS and not
at other big box retailers like Cabelas.
The Browning pliers anodized
finish reminded me of the company's Diana Grade chokes
pliers are 7 ¾” in length and are constructed out of machined aluminum and are
anodized gold which is instantly recognizable and actually reminds me of the
Diana Grade Chokes which are affixed to the front of so many Browning shotguns.
The jaws on these pliers are made out of stainless steel and a tungsten carbide
replaceable cutter is positioned at the lower section of the jaws. Each pair of
pliers comes with a molded black nylon sheath which is designed to lock onto a
belt for quick and easy access. To prevent loss of these pliers a coil lanyard
secures the pliers to the top corner of the sheath.
Each pair of pliers comes with a
durable nylon sheath
To test this tool I put the pliers through a series of tests in the lab to test
the various features and cutting capabilities then head out fishing a range of
applications including fishing on the shore of rivers like the mighty Sacramento
and on my bass boat on the California Delta.
The sheath is compact but the belt
attachment is wide because of the pivot function
In the lab I got a first taste of what the pliers felt like in hand and I found
them to be rather heavy at 6.3oz., while the use of aluminum does help bring
down the total weight of the pliers the large overall footprint of these pliers
combined with the stainless steel components do add up. Unlike many pliers this
tool has an integrated spring which keeps the jaws open when not in use.
The pliers are spring loaded for
everything from removing hooks to cutting through line both quicker and easier.
In the lab we cut braided line up to 60lbs. and found that the pliers could do
this relatively well. I wouldn’t call these cutters the sharpest we have tested
but certainly not the dullest either, they fall somewhere in the middle of the
pack when it comes to overall cutting performance right out of the package.
Tungsten carbide cutters are braid
Section: Grippy when wet