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Striping fiber optic cable isn’t a job for a pair of wire strippers. You need special strippers that allow you to precisely remove the correct cable layers for the job. Paladin tools manufactures one such stripper — the FiverOptic 5-in-1 stripper.

In order to understand what this tool does, a description of the structure of a fiber optic cable might be helpful — I’m not an expert, so if I get something wrong here please let me know. Generally, a cable with a single fiber consists of the core made from silica, quartz, or plastic covered with a cladding that is also part of the optical path made from acrylate or another material. A buffer surrounds the cladding and separates the fibers in cables with multiple fibers. Finally, an outer jacket wraps around the cable to protect it.

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