One of the two predominant features of the PocketGrip is its non-folding plier head. Different models feature the Pliers with either needle-nose or blunt-nose jaws; both jaw styles have fine serrations out near the tips, coarse serrations in the middle, and an anvil-type wire cutter in near the pivot. The jaws are spring loaded, held in the closed position by a lock switch. The lock switch was initially a sliding mechanism, sliding forward to release the lock. Perhaps due to the ease at which the sliding lock switch could be accidentally “bumped” causing the lock, and thus the spring loaded pliers, to be released Wenger changed the design to a pivoting lock switch. The newer pivoting switch proved to be more secure. The Bit-Driver
The second predominant features of the PocketGrip is the hex bit-driver that accepts standard 1/4 inch hex drive bits. A 1/4 inch hex receptacle is located on the bottom end of the tool opposite the plier head. While a screwdriver bit can be inserted into this receptacle it would not provide much clearance for the wide handles or for any inset screws. Typically a short extension that is attach to a carrier stub on the bottom of the knife is removed and inserted into the receptacle and the bit is inserted into the end of the extension. This provides a lot of flexibility as the integrated bit-carrier holds up to 6 bits which one can customize to their needs. Supplied Instruction Manual: Part 1 - Part 2
- Knife Blade - spear point; typically plain-edge, but serrated also an option
- Pliers, 1/4” hex receptacle, and Bit Carrier tool layer
- Combination metal file and saw
- Wood saw
- Can opener and a flathead screwdriver/cap lifter
- Folding carrier stub with removable hex bit driver extension.
The PocketGrip has a removable hex driver extension and a set of six standard 1/4” hex bits. Lifting the plier handle allows access to the plastic bit carrier, which snaps off allowing access to the hex bits themselves. In practice, the driver extension is first placed into the 1/4” hex receptacle. Then a hex bit is placed into the extension, giving about 1-3/8” (35mm) of reach. Hex bits are retained in the extension by means of a magnet, which also secures the extension onto the stub carrier when not in use.
- The PocketGrip was commonly available in either needle-nose or blunt-nose plier configurations.
- Available with either a straight edge or a fully serrated edge knife blade.
- A model variation with handle scales of 1mm brushed stainless sheet steel is called the Iron PocketGrip or IronGrip. It is significantly slimmer than the Cellidor models; However, it does not have the removable tweezers and toothpick. Near the end of its production, Wenger changed the name of this model to PocketGrip 200.
- Another variation with metal handle scales is the PocketGrip 799. On this model the scales are brushed aluminum, thicker than the PocketGrip 200, and cut in a sort of octagon profile. The Wenger crest is cast into one side. No tweezers or toothpick are included.
- The Porsche Design MiniGrip is really a cousin (closely related, but different model) with a different tool arrangement, Blade, Bitset, Pliers, Tread Depth Gauge w/Bitdriver extension, caplifter/screwdriver, can-opener, awl, and corkscrew. With the trademark Ruthenium scales the tool weighs 277g.
The MiniGrip version has been included with North American packaging dated March 20, 1995. It’s not clear if the date represents the actual packaging date, or the date the Limited Lifetime Warranty policy was established (or both).
The red Cellidor PocketGrip was originally introduced in 1998. It was listed on the Wenger website in 2010 in needle-nose version only as the PocketGrip 577.
The PocketGrip 799 with aluminum scales showed up on the Wenger website in 2006. It only lasted one year before being dropped in 2007.
The PocketGrip shares its frame and several blades with other knives in Wenger’s 85mm series. Both the needle-nose and the blunt nose plier jaws are included on the Giant Knife.
- 16368 US: Needle Nose, Red Handles MiniGrip with pouch, blister package.
- 16467 US: Flat Nose Pliers, Red Handles
- 16468 US: Needle Nose Pliers, Red Handles
- 1.576.200 Wenger: Flat Nose Pliers, Brushed Stainless Steel Handles (a.k a IronGrip)
- 1.577.200 Wenger: PocketGrip 200 (a.k.a. IronGrip)
- Wenger SwissGrip - larger tool with fixed plier head.