Look, we won’t tell you how to live your life, but if you’re stretching a canvas anytime soon, you really, really should get yourself a pair of canvas clamps. This nifty tool helps ensure material is pulled as firmly as possible over the stretch bars while freeing up a hand for your stapler. Of course, if you’re going to shell out some cash for these bad boys, you’ll want a pair that works efficiently, suits your needs, and lasts a lifetime (ideally). Here are five we recommend.

1. Professional canvas clamp MyLifeUnit

We love these canvas clips, and for good reason. Check Out These Aluminum Jaws: Almost 5 inches wide and rubber lined to handle your materials smoothly, so you won’t have to worry about intrusive marks caused by ridged metal teeth. The spring-loaded tool action and comfortable plastic-coated handles make long, big jobs easier, or at least easier.

To buy:
MyLifeUnit professional canvas clamp

$ 16.99

2. Creative Mark Pro canvas clip

If you want something a little beefier, try these powerful chrome pliers from Creative Mark. Your canvas isn’t going anywhere when sandwiched between this model’s 2 inch wide spring return jaws. Be warned: this muscle doesn’t come cheap. But you really get what you pay for, when it comes to quality.

The best canvas clips

To buy:
Creative Mark Pro Canvas Clip

$ 33.99

3. Fredrix canvas clamp

This reliable model is the benchmark for many artists working with canvas, thanks to its deep serrations and spring return action. Like the opening pick above, its head is only 2 inches wide, so if avoiding pinching and crimping is paramount, you might want to ignore this pair. But if you are looking for strength and durability, these chrome pliers are a good bet.

The best canvas clips

To buy:
Fredrix canvas clip

4. CS Osborne canvas stretching pliers n ° 249

You have a job that requires wide pliers with covered handles but the teeth of a metal model. Here is this very resistant model of CS Osborne. Yes, it’s by far the most expensive on our list, but it also has the widest grip (3 inches) of any metal-jaw iterations featured here. The teeth are sufficient to grip a variety of delicate materials, but still shallow enough to avoid unwanted tooth marks.

The best canvas clips

To buy:
CS Osborne canvas stretching pliers n ° 249

$ 47.19

5. Jack Richeson canvas clamp

This imposing model doesn’t look like it, thanks to its sleek design in a chrome finish. It also has a feature that the Osborne pair does not: spring-loaded action to make tough jobs easier.

The best canvas clips

To buy:
Jack Richeson Canvas Clip

$ 18.41

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