I don't know if I am imagining it or not, but does it seem like the little rubber/plasticy tips on your running pliers don't last as long as they used to?
Lately, it seems, every I pick up a pair of running pliers, the tips are falling off or other varing degrees of breakdown and needs replacing. As a retailer of supples, they seem to be one of those overlooked products for many reasons. They are tiny, transparent, and not very exciting to inventory! When I do remember to order them, they often come in too big or too small for fit the pliers in need.