Rising releases a tool for Bass anglers, the "Work" pliers
Total Score: 8.16
Looking for a new pair of
pliers? Rising, a company best known for fly fishing tools and accessories draws
upon their know-how to create the “Work” pliers for bass fishermen looking for
an alternative to the traditional tools.
Rising Work Plier
& 8.5" (2 options)|
2.35oz & 4oz|
tip, attachment hole, crimp ridge. line cutter, rubbergrip, locking
||$20 & $24|
Rising is now in its third
year of operation, and the Lippa4Life continues to be the company’s flagship
product. We first took a look at the Lippa4Life a year and a half ago, and since
then the product has moved to its second generation model. The new tool now
comes with a custom compression spring, a more ergonomic form factor, and a
custom compression spring. In addition to the Lippa4Life Rising has released a
diamond file, water bottles, and a slew of new pliers.
Pliers or oversized hemostat? The
Work is a bit of both
The Work pliers look like
are a cross between needle nose pliers and a hemostat. The Work pliers are
available in two sizes, a 6” and 8.5” lengths and are constructed out of
stainless steel. The 6” version weighs 2.35oz while the larger 8.5” model weighs
4oz. In my hands both felt relatively light, certainly lighter than the vast
majority of pliers I have used before.
The Work pliers feel like a
precision operating tool
Real World Tests: Some
tests take weeks, some months, and in the case of the Rising Work…it took a year
and a half. Putting the pliers to the real test meant going out and catching
fish, and seeing just how they would operate, and feel, under normal bass
Rising includes many features into
Over this extended period
of testing my opinion of the pliers changed a number of times, mostly due to the
variation in seasons and shifting types of fishing applications. For the most
part I used these pliers in their intended application…bass fishing. But I did
use them for offshore trips as well as fly fishing to see how well they would
perform on both ends of the spectrum
The pick tip at the top is great
for switching out split rings or hooks
Design: As with all
tools we test a detailed inspection was done before the product ever hit the
water. We wanted to document the exact condition of the Work pliers so we could
look back and compare throughout our tests. We noted that the pliers were
thinner in diameter than most traditional pliers, and that the pliers were more
flat than rounded, more like an oversized hemostat.
Rising advocates catch and release
and this tool help makes that easier.
Notice the "KEEP FISH IN H20"
The nose features a number of
different crimp and cutting tools, as well as a hole that you don’t normally
find on normal pliers. Let’s work our way down from the tip to the back of the
pliers. Starting at the top, the Work pliers feature a “pick tip” which is
commonly found on many pliers today.
I liked the longer 8.5"
model, as it made it easy to free deep hooked lures
This is an extremely
useful feature, and can be used to open split rings to change out hooks or pry
open split shots. Before striper fishing each season I always check all my hooks
and replace those that are bent out of shape or have broken trebles. I found the
Work pliers actually better than traditional pliers in this application. With
these medium sized split rings I could actually lock the pliers as I grabbed
hooks and worked them in. When going through an entire box of pointers this
really helped speed up the process.
The crimp ridge
Next we move onto that odd
“hole” midway down the nose. Because these pliers feature a locking mechanism (3
click like a hemostat) it is able to be clamped closed. When closed this hole
becomes an attachment hole, which can come around a ring on a vest or jacket,
suspending the tool within easy reach.
The "hole" is for attachment for
stowing when on the go. This is possible because the tool can be locked securely
in a close position
I actually didn’t like using
the hole for bass fishing, as I prefer to holster my pliers. Rising does make
accessory holsters that house the Work and other Rising tools nicely. The hole
feature did however come in handy when fly fishing, the attachment feature made
it possible to hold the pliers on my vest and out of the water when wearing
waders. This feature certainly comes from the company’s fly fishing heritage.
The Work's quality cutter was good
for cutting mono, braid, and even light wire
Section: Operation, Ergonomics, and Ratings