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Simms Nipper

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Tough as nails nippers.

Bend your hook's barb down or snip off extra tippet with the Simms Nipper. This lightweight, durable, sharp nipper features CNC aircraft-grade aluminum and 440c stainless steel replaceable jaws that cut through the toughest of lines. It also has a durable stainless steel hinge with a retractor clip for improved durability and convenience.

  • CNC aircraft grade aluminum
  • 440c stainless steel replaceable jaws
  • Stainless steel hinge with retractor clip
  • Dimensions: 1.63 x 0.7 x .425in
  • Item #SMM000S

Tech Specs

cnc aircraft grade aluminum, jaws, hinge 440c stainless steel
Open Length
1.63 in
Claimed Weight
0.6 oz
Recommended Use
fly fishing

Tech Specs

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Could be so much better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own many Simms products and I love most of them. These nippers are not representative of Simms quality and design. My experience mirrors the myriad reviews you see here. The spring isn't great rendering the nippers constantly stuck in the closed position which is highly annoying. I would look elsewhere for better constructed pair of nippers.

bad spring

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

as other reviewers have said (and the Simms site also) the spring on this is useless. This is an odd one for Simms, who usually makes quality gear (and that comes along w their prices). At the end of the day, $30 for a nipper is already outrageous, even for Simms especially since they just copied Abel's design. And $30 for a nipper than doesn't work is flat out unacceptable. A rare miss for simms. Save ur $ and get Dr Slick

Naysayers be damned

    I for one have had good luck with my Simms nippers (knock on wood). I have the Simms orange color way. Yes, one edge is sharp, and one is flat. They do their job, and the hook cleaner is in a handy spot. My spring has never failed, and I have no movement side to side. I put some Loctite on the screws just in case. They do their job, and made in the USA, and Simms has one of the best warranties out there on ALL their products. I recommend these. Abel nippers are just too darn expensive.

    Good concept, spring broke for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For context I have yet to find nippers I like.

    Pros: good placement for the hook eye clearing point, durable, wide edge for clipping

    Cons: The spring stopped working about a year into owning this, so I now have to pry them open each time. They also are more difficult to clamp down now, which is troublesome when I need to be precise in clipping the tag end


      They survived my kodiak trip intact with no rust and just needing to be sharpened at home but make sure you put some low to medium strength loctite on the blade screws, i almost lost them in the drink in the middle of my trip. Otherwise i appreciate the made in USA.

      Not bad.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Let's put this into perspective. You can buy the Abel $50 made in the USA nippers (and I have), the $20 fishpond nippers (not USA made, got those too) or a pair of $2 nail clippers. Given that I think the purchase of the Simms nippers (made in the USA) was not a bad one. I did not have any major issues with them except that the jaw/spring opening mechanism did get stuck a few times. Probably from dirt. But a few pinches and it opens up. The hook eye point is placed in the FRONT below the jaws, where it makes sense. On the Fishponds the point is inside of a hole and on the Abel it's actually inside the behind the cutting jaws—hard to get to. The Abel and Fishpond blades are just as prone to dulling (any 440c stainless metal will dull when slammed against itself). If you know about knife metal you'd know that 440c sharpens easily, has decent corrosion resistance but its performance for edge retention is lower than the other two characteristics. Even so, it's great they offer replaceable blades (Abel does, Fishpond does not). In the end, any pair of cutters (even cheap nail clippers) will dull and require a bit more user strength. So I don't knock them for that. They score high in my opinion being USA made, have a good weight to them (less than Abel, more than fishpond) won't rust like cheap stainless steel nail clippers and have a hook eye clearing point.

      Not bad.

      Great Concept, Poor Execution

        Good: I love the wide blades and the wide hinge point making these not twist when compressed. The replaceable blades are a great idea, since nippers do go dull after a while. Love the eye cleaner location in the front.

        Bad: One of the blades was completely flat, while the other was sharp. I tested it on some 2x tippet I had lying around and I had to push hard to cut it. The spring is weak and feels flimsy compared to other nippers I've used. Needless to say, not every pair is going to be like this. I've read reviews on Simms and other places to find out if this was how they were supposed to be and found that some people had no issues, and some did. I'd recommend them if the blades lined up and were sharp. You can still buy them and Simms will fix them for free if you send them to Bozeman which is what I'm going to do and I'm sure they'll come back as they were intended to perform.