Rated 1 out of 5 by Sam33Bob terrible product
These nippers look like the Abel Nipper but aren't worth 1/10 the cost. Magnets are too weak. I've returned this product. The quality is so poor that it should be removed from your catalogue.
August 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Grousehunter73 Not so good Nippers
The magnet fell out of my nippers making them very difficult to use. I had to hold them open then cut. I'm sending them back for an exchange but would not buy them again.
August 21, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by warmriver Nip this product in the bud
These nippers look good but the design is abysmal. The magnets keeping the two halves apart are too weak and the gap between them too small. Because so little finger pressure is needed to close them together, these nippers are difficult to use under the best conditions and impossible with cold hands and with gloves on. They look like Able nippers but they are not. Compare them side by side in the hand and you will immediately see what I mean. The design and testing team really dropped the ball on this one.
May 21, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by flatswalker Nipper
As a nipper, they cut well, but there are two problems with the design. First, the eye neddle is located in a place that makes it unuseable. Second, even though the idea to do away with springs and use opposing magnets is an excellant idea, the magnets are not strong enough to keeps cutting blades apart when hooked up to a zinger and pulling the nipper away from the zinger, blades close. LL Bean's products are normally excellant, but not this one.
April 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by bonefishfay Returned it
The needle is impossible to use to open the eye of a fly
April 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by bbuzzes Nipper not worth the price
Most important failing was that it didn't actually cut very well. Maybe I got a bad blade, but I had to be very precise about the pressure and speed of nipping to avoid having to repeat the action a couple of times before cutting the tippet. My much less expensive, basic nipper cuts more quickly and cleanly than the model I received.
Also I found the hook eye cleaner hard to use. They way it's tucked away it would work with some hooks, but the ones I really want a needle for are very small hairy flies and they would be tough to angle into that space.
I returned the item.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MDSnowMan Great Nipper!
I use nippers to cut of the tag ends near the knot when tying on flies or adding tippet to leader. These are great for that purpose. It's easy to see where the cut's going to be made and reduces the probability of inadvertently cutting the standing line and having to re-tie.The pin for cleaning the hook eye is well placed; does its job without surprise jabs. Finally, the textured surface works well with wet & cold fingers.
Really well thought out and executed!
p.s. I use the Leatherman Micra Tool scissors for cutting braid.
March 30, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Scoobydoo732 May have received a defective item.
I was looking forward to this little doohicky.....I figured why not as there was a promo at the time.
The second i received it in the mail i immediately grabbed some left over braided line and started cutting.........Cheap dollar store nail clippers cut braid better than these. Without pulling the line laterally across the cutters it won't cut cleanly all the way through.. When trimming tags for line to line joins....not having to pull is very important...It cuts mono without a hitch...all the way up to 100lb. but any gelspun PE line like fireline, nanofil, powerpro, fireline tracer, suffix 832, jerry brown....it does a poor job.....i tested it on braids rated at 4lb all the way to 200lb hollow core.......
The blades are not very sharp. the spring tension created by the like poles of the magnets isn't very strong. not a big deal but they don't exude a feeling of quality with the weak springlike feel.
Additionally there is play in the jaws. You can pinch them....then move the jaws quite a bit for a hinged item.
I like the overall design...I feel it needs a bit more tweaking.
I did attempt to sharpen the edge on a fine diamond hone....that did improve it's cutting performance...but not over the entire cutting surface. Since the blades aren't 100% flush when closed. They did not sharpen evenly.
I've never used the 50-60$ abels before. So i don't know if they perform the same.
February 26, 2015