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Knipex claims these cutters offer a perfect combination of cutting blade hardness and leverage (think handle length and shape) to cut with far less effort than other end cutters, which comes in handy when you’re cutting something bigger than bailing wire — like bolts, nails, or rivets.

Knipex’s website says the cutting surface is “forged from high grade, oil-hardened steel for maximum strength.”  We assume they’re referring to the use of oil in the quenching phase of heat treatment.  If you’d like to learn more about the process, there are some great Wikipedia entries on heat treatment and how it works that you’d enjoy reading.

We haven’t tested these pliers in person, but they caught our eye because in our experience it’s often concepts like this — matching a particular hardness to the tool’s design — that elevate a tool from average to extraordinary.  Sadly, we almost never hear about the specifics because a) they’re trade secrets, and b) the marketing copywriters don’t understand what it all means anyway. 

Certainly Knipex’s mention of “oil hardening” here isn’t an exception.  Using oil in the quench process isn’t a rarity as far as we know; It’s just used to obtain certain hardnesses in certain metals because the oil offers different quench cooling properties than water, air, or other fluids.

Street pricing starts around $45.

Ultra High Leverage End Cutters [Knipex]
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4 Responses to Finds: Knipex Ultra High Leverage End Cutters

  1. Nick Carter says:

    Those look great, I use these now for cutting music wire, springs and other hard stuff:
    http://catalog.starrett.com/catalog/catalog/groups.asp?GroupID=465

    The only problem is the lack of throat, which the Knipex seems to get around with the offset jaws.

    The Starrett nippers are available with carbide jaws, which is pretty cool (as well as being useful for tile nipping) and the jaws are replaceable which is good, I suppose.

  2. Steve Thompson says:

    I go through lots of end nippers (and lots of arthritis medicine) clipping rivets. This looks like an awesone tool, but I do like the hardened jaws of the Starette.

  3. Myself says:

    If Knipex says they’re good at something, they’re probably phenomenal at something. I’ve owned a pair of their “water pump pliers”, which is european-speak for “slip-joints”, for a few months and they’re just staggeringly good.

    I’m a tool-a-holic and I’d say those Knipex pliers are probably my favorite tool of the last year. Other favorites include my Swisstech micro-plus and my Klein electrician’s snips. Each is simply the best at what it does, and each would be a bargain at twice the price.

    For the seldom-use car tool kit, I have some ratty old Crescent slip-joints. But for everyday use, the Knipex pliers are my first choice. They’re thoughtfully designed, beautifully cast, surprisingly springy, and painstakingly machined. I can’t wait for an excuse to add more Knipex tools to my arsenal.

    As for the cutters at hand, I have no personal experience. The brand, however, has done nothing but amaze me so far.

  4. CyberKender says:

    If these are anything like the CoBolts I own, (and I’m sure they are), they’ll cut through hardened 16ga stainless steel wire like butter. Okay, more like burnt toast, but still, way easier on your hands than any lesser cutter. Knipex offers a very good warranty on their tools as well.

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