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The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex Snipe Nose Side Cutting Pliers (25 01 125)

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various everyday 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 everyday carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


I am willing to give just about of the small pliers from Knipex a chance based on my excellent experiences with everything the company makes. A fan of The EDC Tool Roll told me I should check out another compact plier powerhouse from Knipex – the Snipe Nose Side Cutting Pliers (25 01 125). Once again, they did not disappoint.

Knipex 25 01 125 shown on left for comparison

Knipex’s Snipe Nose pliers are sort of like short needle-nose pliers. They offer a fine working tip with the typically shallow grooves for grip found on needle-nose pliers. They lack the reach of a large set of needle-nose pliers but they are so compact that they can still get into very tight places. I find myself reaching for them often for things like starting roll pins, twisting wire, and more.

I will also mention that the side cutters on these are excellent and this is something that was missing in my compact tool roll. I use a lot of wire for temporary repairs, hanging wasp traps, fixing garden fences, and similar tasks. These pliers are perfect for these tasks.

The rounded, rubber-dipped handles are comfortable to use and allow a lot of force to be applied which is handy when using the cutters. These are small pliers but they offer quite a bit of handle to hold onto.

As useful as these Snipe Nose Side Cutting Pliers are, I recognize that not every kit will have room for them. They are as short as other Knipex EDC classics like the Cobra Pliers but they are wider thanks to the handle design. This can make them a bit of a stretch for some compact tool rolls. If I only had room for one set of pliers, it would be one of the Cobra Plier variants. If I had room for two, these are too handy to overlook.

Where to Buy:

I don’t have a source for Knipex Tools locally (and probably never will) so I buy all of mine online, usually from Amazon: Knipex 25 01 125 on Amazon

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See all the reviews for previous tools: The EDC Tool Roll

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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.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


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

Previously Reviewed Alternatives:


See all the reviews for previous tools: The EDC Tool Roll

Do you have a tool recommendation that fits The EDC Tool Roll? Tell us about it in the comments below or drop us a line on the Contact page.

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Bug Out Bag Companion: Knipex to Release 6″ CoBolt Cutters

The Knipex CoBolt Cutters article in our series, The EDC Tool Roll, continues to be one of the most viewed articles in that group. Read it here: The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex CoBolt Cutters

I guess the idea of a tool that is essentially a hand held set of compound bolt cutters is attractive to a lot of prepared citizens. Previously, the CoBolt Cutters were only available in 8″ and 10″ lengths but that is about to change. Knipex has announced that they will release a 6 1/4″ Mini CoBolt.

The Mini CoBolt Cutters will likely give up some leverage to the larger 8″ and 10″ models. It will take some testing to see if these can serve as a more compact option that are still suitable for bug out bag tasks.

Knipex EDC Series: 6″ High Leverage Needle Nose Combination Pliers (08 22 145)

Knipex has a new tool in their “EDC Series” – 6″ High Leverage Needle Nose Combination Pliers. The new compact pliers feature a versatile jaw shape with a number of functions and compact size that will keep them pocketable. The jaws have finer teeth near the tips and more coarse teeth nearer the hinge point. I expect that, with the way Knipex hardens their tools, these teeth will provide excellent grip and the included wire cutters will punch above their weight class.

They are already available at online retailers including Amazon: Knipex 08 22 145.

A slimmer variant is also available: Knipex 08 21 145

While the tool itself is noteworthy, it is perhaps more noteworthy that Knipex is now embracing the EDC market. Knipex products are becoming increasingly common every day carry items among aficionados (read: EDC Nerds) and they have developed a large presence on social media because of that fact. Readers of our EDC tool series, The EDC Tool Roll, will be familiar with several EDC-worthy tools from the German tool maker. Previously these tools weren’t necessarily marketed as an “EDC Series” but the EDC market has likely boosted their sales. This latest release could signal Knipex’s foray into tools made specifically for this market and that could mean there are more tools coming that will be at home in any EDC kit or range bag.

You can view all of the available variants of these pliers at Knipex-Tools.com

The EDC Tool Roll: Pliers Comparison – Knipex Cobra, Channellock 424, and Tekton 37521

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.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.


You ask, JTT delivers. This post will serve as a comparison between the 3 pliers that we have profiled so far in The EDC Tool Roll series. You can check out their earlier reviews below for more background:

Knipex Cobra 125

Channellock 424 and Tekton 37521

This isn’t really going to be a fair comparison because the Knipex Cobras smoke the other pliers in this list on everything except price but that doesn’t mean the others are useless or junk. In fact, the Tekton 37521 might be one of the best values we have profiled so far.

Quality – The Knipex Cobras are plainly the highest quality pliers in the bunch. They are beautifully drop forged, perfectly ground, and have knife-hard jaws that grip tenaciously. Then I think the Tekton Pliers, which are made in the USA, win out over the Channellocks on the strength of the Tekton’s adjustable pivot which make them feel tighter.

Features – The Knipex Cobras are feature rich, while the others are straight forward and functional. The Knipex pliers have very hard jaws with teeth that are set opposed to the direction that you turn the pliers which allows them to actually lock into whatever you are trying to turn. They also have a massive adjustment range and large jaws which is key for EDC pliers – something that needs to be small enough to carry but versatile enough (and large enough) to use on a variety of fasteners.

The Tektons are only slightly larger than the Channellock 424s but that little but of extra bulk gives you larger jaws, more comfortable grips, and a more functional adjustable pivot. The Tektons take second place on features.

Size – The Channellock 424s are the smallest and lightest pliers in this comparison. The Tektons and Knipex Cobras are similar in size with the Tekton pliers being ever so slightly larger in most dimensions. As mentioned above, the Knipex Cobras have the largest jaws by a long shot. All three of them are easily pocketable.

Price – This is where the Tekton and Channellock come out ahead of the Knipex Cobras. The Channellock 424 cost around $12-14, the Tekton 37521 are usually $10-12, and the Knipex Cobras come in at a hefty $28-38 (I’ve seen them lower but you’ll have to really shop around). I’ve purchased all three and I believe the Knipex Cobras justify their price. There is just nothing else like them and I am willing to pay for that. However, if you can’t stomach the Knipex price, the Tektons are a smoking deal.

How to Choose – If you absolutely need the smallest and lightest pliers for your kit, get the Channellock 424. If you want EDC pliers that can do anything small pliers can do but can be pressed into the work of larger pliers, choose the Knipex. If you want the best value on a capable pair of pliers for your EDC tool kit, the Tektons wins.

Where to Buy – Channellock are almost certainly available at a hardware store near you. Tektons are sold almost exclusively online. Knipex can sometimes be found at Sears Hardware or other stores but online is likely your best bet. All three are available from Amazon:

Knipex Cobra 87 01 125

Channellock 424 on Amazon

Tekton 37521 on Amazon


There are a number of 4.5-5″ adjustable pliers on the market from Irwin and others. Do you have compact adjustable pliers that you prefer? Tell us about it below.

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