The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex Cobra Pliers 87 00 100

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various every day carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or every day carry bag.

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The Knipex Cobra Pliers 87 01 125 are one of my all-time favorite tools, one of the reasons I started writing The EDC Tool Roll series, and the most viewed review in this series. I am certainly not the only one who took notice of these handy little pliers. Knipex has certainly taken note of the attention that the everyday carry community has given to the 87 01 125 because they have launched an addition to the Cobra line that is actually aimed directly at the EDC market.

Shown: 87 00 100 on the left compared with the 87 01 125 on the right

The new Cobra Plier 87 00 100 follows the Knipex Cobra pattern with its large jaw opening, excellent hardened teeth, and easy adjustment. It is also an inch shorter in overall length than the already fairly compact 87 01 125. However, this isn’t just a smaller version of an existing product. It actually brings a number of thoughtful features that fit it’s intended purpose as an everyday carry item.

There are two changes that make these new, smaller Cobra Pliers more EDC-friendly. The first is the lack of a rubberized grip. The grip on the Cobra 87 01 125 is comfortable and useable but it adds thickness and can make the pliers stick in your pocket a bit. The new 87 00 100 has well-shaped, bare steel handles with checkering for grip. These bare grips make the pliers slide in and out of the pocket with ease.

The second EDC update is the use of a detent adjustment instead of a button lock. This allows the user to adjust the size of the pliers with one hand as there is no button to press. It also streamlines the pliers significantly and removes sport for lint to accumulate.

Shown: The 87 00 100’s jaws are slimmed versus the 87 01 100

I should also note that the new 87 00 100 has slimmer jaws. I am not sure that this change makes them any more EDC-friendly but it does make them great for getting into tight places and reduces the weight. One of the main selling points of Knipex pliers is always the jaws and they always seem to get them right.

The 87 00 100’s jaws open wide to about 1.1″ which means you can do real work with these diminutive pliers. Speaking of diminutive, they are just under 4″ long and weigh in at a scant 2.18 ounces. They fit easily into the coin pocket on most jeans with just a bit of the handle sticking out.

Unless you need the larger size of the 87 01 125, the new 87 00 100 is a no-brainer for EDC. The slim and slick design, one-handed adjustment, and lightweight make it a joy to carry. They may be small but still outwork the marginal pliers found on most multitools.

Where to Buy:

I don’t have a source for Knipex Tools locally so I buy all of mine online, usually from Amazon: Knipex Cobra Pliers 87 00 100 on Amazon

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