I use them to cut stainless steel for chain maille - these cutters are amazining. Clean cut, easy to hold, worth every penny.
I build high tensile fences and over the years I have used various types of cutters/pliers. This is my second pair of Knipex Cobolt cutters (the first pair have the recess at the back of the cutter head and are still in regular use after 5 years). These ones are best for wires up to 2.5 mm (12.5 g wire), the ones with the recess are better for larger wires, I have cut mild steel wires up to 6 mm (1/4") with them. Either way the Knipex Cobolt cutters are definitely the best I have found, second choice would be the Bahco cutters which are very similar. Knipex tools may not be cheap but they are excellent value.
Bluntly put, up until last week I had not had much experience with bolt cutters and knew limited information about them as well. Knipex certainly is the the number one company to purchase mini bolt cutters that are 8 inches as well.
Wow, these Knipex bolt cutters are terrific and are also 100% made in Germany as well. I've cut several types of screws with this and I even have cut a wide variety of metal with as well. Nothing too thick, but they did an exceptional job. I really like the fact that the cuts are even virtually every time. Provided though one uses these bolt cutters at an 90 degree angle precisely. Essentially you want to make the object your cutting as even as possible.
Also what a difference a spring provides instead no spring attached. Not only has this provided a much easier time cutting multiple items repeatively, however this also provides better control in when cutting smaller items. Additionally, with a spring attachment there...
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