Abel Nippers Review: Are They Worth It?

This picture shows the viewers what able nippers look like.

Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking.

That much for a pair of.. nippers?

Yup. They’re that much. But they’re not just any nippers. They’re Abel Nippers.

And most people (that have actually used them.. which means, they probably have their fair share of time on the water) swear by them.

One fly fishing blog I frequent said, “They cut line—any line I’ve fly fished with—like a deli slicer handles aged cheddar”.

Abel Nippers Specs, making the case for one expensive pair of toenail clippers..

These are a picture of able nippersKidding, obviously. Do not try these on your toenails.

Of the specs listed below, the one I like best is the jaws warranty. Buy a pair of these, fish so hard you wear out the jaws and get them replaced just like that.

Oh, and find some fishing line these things wont cut, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist. These nippers are built to get super close to your fly and melt the line like a hot knife through butter.

picture of red able nippers.


  • Designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA
  • Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum body construction
  • Replaceable jaws – machined out of premium grade Crucible CPM S35VN stainless steel, then heat treated to 58-60rc
  • Engineered to cut 7X – 100 lb mono and braid
  • Two Year limited warranty on the jaws after initial purchase
  • Pin – 316 stainless steel


Do you really need $50+ line nippers?

Absolutely not. But, you also “don’t need” half the things you buy for your fly fishing outfit.

Or that Yeti Cooler you’re thinking about.

The truth is, there comes a point in time when you quit buying based on price and start buying based on quality.

When you decide to buy an $100 pair of nippers.. you’ll know you’ve hit that point. Plus, you can buy the Abel nippers in just about any color.

PS: The price was at $80 only a month ago, it’s only going up from here.

The importance of quality nippers

If you have ever fly fished, even once – you know that line nippers are extremely important.  They will be used every single time that you need to change a fly.  Which in my case is about every ten minutes…

Now, spending that much cash on a pair of fly fishing nippers is a lot to spend on something of the sort.  But, you most likely will not need a new pair of nippers anytime soon, and you’ll use them a lot.  I’m getting to the point myself where I’ve wasted a lot time trying to snip fly fishing line with dull nippers.  There’s definitely in upside in buying them.

It’s like buying a Tesla or a Toyota.  Don’t get me wrong, Toyota’s are cool and all – but would you get one over a Tesla?

Same situation, just with nippers.

And also, a pair of Able Nippers is a slight flex over your other buddies on the river.

Related: How To Choose The Best Fly Vest

Final Thoughts On The Able Nippers

These are surely an expensive pair of nippers, there’s no getting around that.  BUT, they will last you a lifetime my friend, and they will whiz through lines like warm butter.  They are high quality, strong, sharp, and have a warranty.

They also spendy as hell.

In my opinion, buying a pair of Able Nippers over any other nippers is similar to buying a Rolex compared to getting a Fitbit.  The two are just on completely different levels.  But, they both work very well.

Regardless, I’m wishin you the best of luck and tight lines my friend!

* Also, if you’re looking for more elite level fly fishing gear, check out my write up of the Tacky Fly Box.

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