When you’re working around high voltage, you shouldn’t be using a tool that feels awkward in your hands. In redesigning their cable knives, Knipex focused on ergonomics to make their tools more comfortable to use.
They added a “slip-proof,” soft grip material to the handle, gave it a thumb recess and finger hook, and angled the slip guard to make this 1000V rated knife fit better in your hand and easier to pull when cutting. Oil-hardened to keep it sharp, the blade also comes with a transparent cap to protect it (or maybe protect you from it).
Knipex makes two models: one fixed straight blade and another coated with plastic opposite the cutting edge to prevent short circuits. You can find the older style knives for anywhere between $15 and $30, so we can only assume that the new style will be similarly priced.
Cable Knife [Knipex]