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Tenaglia: The Queen of Fences

What is the essential tool for those who need to install a fence? Let's find out together! Hello everyone, we are the Fenceshop team, the e-commerce of Rete Plastic. Today we talk about the tenaglia, the undisputed tool for those dealing with fences. It may seem like a simple and primitive tool, but its functions are fundamental. Let’s discover them together!

The Main Functions of the Tenaglia

The tenaglia is one of those tools that accompanies us throughout the workday and requires little maintenance, just a bit of oil now and then. It’s a tool that never goes out of fashion and has existed forever. At Fenceshop, we use the Tenaglia Knipex, a made-in-Germany product known for its superior quality. Let's look at the main uses of the tenaglia.

  • Tying: The main function of the tenaglia is to tie simple or double binding wires. This is what we use it for 90% of the time.
  • Cutting: The tenaglia is perfect for cutting tension wires, trimming the mesh at the base, cutting pieces of mesh, and even steel cables up to 3-4 mm, with the necessary attention not to damage the blades.
  • Hammering: Although it is not a hammer, the tenaglia can be used to hammer fix-ties, wedges under gates, and hinges for inserting or removing pins.
  • Levering: By using the handles as a lever, the tenaglia is ideal for pulling the mesh, especially in the last few centimeters, by inserting the tenaglia between two links and pulling further.
  • Scissors: If the blades are sharp, the tenaglia can also be used to cut packaging, straps, and polyethylene meshes, like those used in football fields.
  • Pliers and Wrench: To tighten a tie-rod, the tenaglia can replace a ten-millimeter wrench by fitting into the ratchet and tightening it. This is a daily use for us at Fenceshop.
Types and Sizes

There are various types and sizes of tenaglia available in the market. On our store, we offer four main sizes: 20 cm, 22 cm, 25 cm, and 28 cm. We prefer the 25 cm size, which represents an ideal compromise between leverage and manageability. Smaller tenaglia can be too small for certain tasks, while larger ones may be cumbersome. Nonetheless, there is a tenaglia for every need and for all hands.


The uses we have listed are just a few examples. The tenaglia is not a hammer, pliers, or a wrench, but it can perform these functions in emergency situations. It is a tool that is indispensable for those dealing in fences. Every one of our vehicles is equipped with a tenaglia because it is a tool that always saves the job.

We invite you to visit our e-commerce Fenceshop to discover all our tenaglias and other essential tools for fences. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to stay updated on our video tutorials and practical advice. Thank you for your attention and see you next time!

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