I have never quite understood why many split ring pliers are designed to be so bulky. When you finally get the split ring separated, they’re so thick that they’ll actually bend or warp the split rings. It has always seemed a little counterintuitive to me. These pliers, however, get separate the split rings on the first try, every single time. You don’t have to bobble around and keep turning the rings to find the “sweet spot” or drop your lure ten times before you finally getting your hook on.
I can swap out the hooks or split rings in about 10 or 15 seconds with these pliers. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but with my previous pliers, it was taking me several minutes and wasting a lot of precious fishing time.