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troutchaser8 01-24-2013 12:51 PM

Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
$50.00 seems pretty steep for a pair of nippers. What do you think?

mcnerney 01-24-2013 12:56 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
I've never used one, but I'd never spend that much money for something nail clippers could do. Besides, with my luck I'd probably loose them on the first fishing trip. :D

mbchilton 01-24-2013 01:01 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
I asked for a pair as a gift this year for Christmas. They're certainly a luxury, but they do what they're designed to do quite well. I don't imagine I'll need another pair of nippers for the rest of my life.

s fontinalis 01-24-2013 01:11 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mbchilton (Post 519657)
I asked for a pair as a gift this year for Christmas. They're certainly a luxury, but they do what they're designed to do quite well. I don't imagine I'll need another pair of nippers for the rest of my life.

unless you lose them, or fumble them in cold weather.


I dont use nippers, i got teeths:teef:

jaybo41 01-24-2013 01:28 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
I had apprehension of buying them for myself when I saw the price tag but decided to buy them as a Christmas gift for chi because of his Abel addiction. Ironically enough, he bought me a pair that very same Christmas.

They are a luxury item for sure, there are plenty of good and cheap alternatives if you don't care to part with $50 for them. If you can swing it, I don't think you'll be disappointed with them. They're wonderful. After using them for a year or so now, they haven't dulled on me. You can put them on a zinger or lanyard and not have to worry about them. Mine are always around my neck. Blades can be replaced and the first set is replaced by Abel at no charge I believe. There are also deals that can be had when you buy an Abel reel, you can get free nippers and free line. I think one of our members recently took advantage of this and posted some photos.

Before the Abel nippers, I'd go through a few sets of nippers in a year, sometimes even one set within 10 days of fishing. Easy enough to replace and not expensive and certainly not a bad route to go. I used to use cheap polarized sunglasses for fear of damaging or losing them and wound up buying new ones every year or so. Since then, I've upgraded to a more costly pair and have had the same pair of glasses for at least 5 years with absolutely no issues. When I have good gear, I take care of it.

At the end of the day, buy what you will feel good about and stick within your budget.

Liphookedau 01-24-2013 02:02 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
I couldn't see myself paying $50 for Nippers,are they Gold Plated?
Over The years I've seen & used many Things to Cut Line,my Teeth when I was Younger,Scissors,Pocket Knifes,Small Side Cutters,Nail Clippers,Nippers etc,however I still think The Large Size Nail Clippers with The File attached still The Best.
They are Cheap,Multi-Purpose,you can even cut your Finger & Toenails with them if you have to,I have them Pinned to one side of My Vests With A Line Straightener,Glasses & Forcepts on The Other Side.
Brian.

Jackster 01-24-2013 02:12 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s fontinalis (Post 519661)
I dont use nippers, i got teeths:thumbup:

Between the chipped teeth I've had happen to friends and that nasty bug giardia, I try my hardest not to resort to biting tippet tags off.
I bet most people would pay $50.00 not to chip a tooth or have "explosive diarrhea", vomiting or burps so foul that they are known to cause more vomiting.

sweetandsalt 01-24-2013 02:23 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
$50 for Abel nippers (& more if they feature art work)...e gads, that is almost 5X as much as an Orvis nipper. Lets see, 5 regular nippers might last 5 even 6 years (allowing for dulling of the cutting edge not loss) but the Abel nipper lasts a lifetime with vastly superior performance and great "feel". Surely not a "must have" item any more than is an Abel reel is but attach them to your vest with a small size "Gear Keeper" brand retractor which screws on rather than having a pin that can fail and features a detachable fastex fixture so you can remove the nippers when tying leaders at a camp table.

Rip Tide 01-24-2013 02:44 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
Quote:

$50.00 seems pretty steep for a pair of nippers. What do you think?
..... you know what Barnum said....

:frogdance

mikel 01-24-2013 02:51 PM

Re: Abel nippers: Are they worth it?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s fontinalis (Post 519661)
I dont use nippers, i got teeths

for now :) I don't use them all the time either. I don't have to see my teeths


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