August 19, 2014

Klein Coaxial Cable Cutter - Review

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Klein recently sent us a sample of their new Coaxial Cable Cutter and after taking it down to the basement and doing some serious slicing and dicing with our A/V wiring, we're pretty impressed with it, more than we were expecting to be.

Klein manufactures some great hand tools, as anyone who has used their Journeyman Long Nose Pliers will tell you. They just have that really solid feel to them and these cutters are no different. They have the dipped handles, an extremely solid pivot point, and just an all-around whiff of high quality.

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The Coax Cutter cuts with sharp bypass blades like scissors, rather than the plier style that works with more of a splitting maul pinch. Because of this, the cutters make a really crisp cut with no smooshing of the exposed wire end. To add to the goodness, each cut is accompanied by a very satisfying "snip" noise.

We discovered this by testing them alongside our long nose pliers (the tool that most people would reach for) and the difference was significant. Where the pliers left a mashed, deformed cut end, the Coax Cutters left perfectly round, seemingly machine made end. It also took less effort to cut with the Coax Cutters.

Obviously, this isn't a tool that is going to find its way into the toolbox of every man, woman, and child on Earth. It's a specialty tool. For those installing security systems or AV equipment all day, you're going to like these cutters quite a bit. For the DIY crowd, it's not going to be essential, but if you're a serious electrical/AV tinkerer and enjoy using the right tool for the right job, these cutters might be worth the investment. We have no doubts on the quality of this tool, it's just up to you to decide if you need it and are willing to drop the $25 for it.

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According to Klein, highlights of the Coax Cutter are...

• Specialized notched blade designed to withstand cutting steel cable including copper clad steel (CCS) coaxial cable such as RG-59, RG-6/6Q, RG-7 and RG11

• Blade geometry ensures copper-clad steel (CCS) coaxial cable retains form when cut to facilitate easy insertion into connectors

• Shears designed to cleanly cut and snip solid and stranded copper, aluminum, UTP/STP twisted pair wires and cables

• Through-hardened custom US-made tool steel

• Hot-riveted joint for durability

• High-leverage handles for genuine one-handed operation

• Plastic-coated for maximum comfort and grip

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