I lost the pliers that came with my stringer a while back. I didn't make a big deal because those pliers felt like pliers you could find at a 99 cent store. You'd figure Gamma would send you better tools, but I guess not. I went to Sears, and found the "best" pliers I could find... or at least the best they had. I ended up getting some slip joint pliers. I remember the pliers that came with my Gamma were needle nose pliers, and I usually tried to hand tie as much as possible because I always felt those pliers would tear through the string. As you could imagine, I avoided stringing with polys as much as possible. I usually don't have any issues when I have to tie off knots with these new pliers, but I have torn a couple of strings. I know this can happen no matter what type of pliers you use, but I don't want it to happen because I'm using the wrong kind of pliers. What pliers do you guys use? What's recommended?