I have only ever used one hand - usually two fingers, when using the StretchRelief. I have tried those other pliers and it's because they slip that causes the hand fatigue. You have to hold them tighter. The SR may only be a glorified vice-grips... but they do work beautifully, with only two fingers. Maybe if I was younger it wouldn't matter as much, but I'm afraid I'm not. I agree, the $200 seems like a lot, but I will never go back to the other style. For me, the $200 was worth it.