Flush cut nippers

mrblaine

Crew Member
Original poster
Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2015
Messages
29,503
Location
Quail Valley, CA
However good you think your flush cut nippers are, they are terrible unless they are the ones from Knipex. They make two smaller versions, smaller as in not as big as normal plier sized. They are hands down the best things I have ever used to flush cut zip ties and that doesn't always matter until it does. It does when you are trying to reach into some oddball place you need to cut a tail and can only get just a tiny bit of grip on the handles.

Bonus is they are also rated to cut steel bits of stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZG6YRX/?tag=wranglerorg-20
 
I love Knipex pliers. I have a few of their snap ring pliers, a needle nose and a slip-joint that are great. Always looking to add some more when I can find good deals on them.
 
Ordered the flush cutters. I've been putting it off long enough.
 
However good you think your flush cut nippers are, they are terrible unless they are the ones from Knipex. They make two smaller versions, smaller as in not as big as normal plier sized. They are hands down the best things I have ever used to flush cut zip ties and that doesn't always matter until it does. It does when you are trying to reach into some oddball place you need to cut a tail and can only get just a tiny bit of grip on the handles.

Bonus is they are also rated to cut steel bits of stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZG6YRX/?tag=wranglerorg-20

The smaller one looks just perfect for hobby electronics stuff too.
 
  • Like
Reactions: MichaelGH
Mine arrived today. I got the slightly larger 5.5" cutter.
20230321_190950.jpg
 
Knipex tools are the bomb. I have large and small "channel locks" and their a pair of their linesmans that weighs about 1/2 what the Kleins weigh which makes a big difference when you wear a tool belt all day.
By the way do you know the fastest way to find a live wire? Buy a brand new pair of linesmans :( .
 
  • Like
Reactions: RussTJ and jjvw
Knipex tools are the bomb. I have large and small "channel locks" and their a pair of their linesmans that weighs about 1/2 what the Kleins weigh which makes a big difference when you wear a tool belt all day.

Their linesman is far nicer to use than any other I have found. I'm not sure why so many put with the Klein other than some weird adherence to tradition.
 
Their linesman is far nicer to use than any other I have found. I'm not sure why so many put with the Klein other than some weird adherence to tradition.

They even have a spring action. About the only thing they don't do as well as the heavy Kleins is pound in staples.
 
Got a box of these on an auction pallet with some other stuff 25 years ago. Same size as regular diagonal cutters but flush cut.

Best ones I have ever used.

20230321_181913.jpg


20230321_181851.jpg
 
The linesmen? Mine doesn't. Just the crimper and fish tape puller.

Knipex 09 12 240 9.5-Inch Ultra-High Leverage Lineman's Pliers with Fish Tape Puller and Crimper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LXXXXI/?tag=wranglerorg-20

No, they don't. The Kliens do. I retired 3 years ago and I got confused. My Kleins had the curved handle at the end which was handy for pushing wire into a box, but they make several models.
Over 30 years ago I found a pair of Kleins laying up in the front bumper of a 68 GMC that I had bought, still have them.
 
  • Like
Reactions: jjvw
Their linesman is far nicer to use than any other I have found. I'm not sure why so many put with the Klein other than some weird adherence to tradition.

My dad started as an apprentice electrician in the late 60's. At that point in time, if you weren't using Klein, you were using something a fair bit inferior. Tradition based on being the best is hard to ignore.
 
My dad started as an apprentice electrician in the late 60's. At that point in time, if you weren't using Klein, you were using something a fair bit inferior. Tradition based on being the best is hard to ignore.

It might be another case where Knipex figured out the right combination of multiple small changes that add up to something significant. The weight and balance is very good, where I find Kleins to be front heavy. The nose is slightly smaller and more streamlined making it a bit more agile and versatile. And Knipex tends to do a very good job on its handles.
 
However good you think your flush cut nippers are, they are terrible unless they are the ones from Knipex. They make two smaller versions, smaller as in not as big as normal plier sized. They are hands down the best things I have ever used to flush cut zip ties and that doesn't always matter until it does. It does when you are trying to reach into some oddball place you need to cut a tail and can only get just a tiny bit of grip on the handles.

Bonus is they are also rated to cut steel bits of stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZG6YRX/?tag=wranglerorg-20

Those are an excellent tool everyone needs a set in their tool box. Snap-on makes a great pair also. I have been cut up by not so flush cut zip ties. These are another great tool knipex makes. I use to keep a pair of these and a 6 in 1 screwdriver in my coveralls. I put many machines back to work with these two tools. I now keep a pair right by my drivers seat in the Jeep.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000X4KP1C/?tag=wranglerorg-20
 
Last edited:
My Snapon flush cuts were about $60 per pair, I had some electronic ones that run $130, but the Snapon ones are better…
 
My Snapon flush cuts were about $60 per pair, I had some electronic ones that run $130, but the Snapon ones are better…

Last Snapon ones we got here at the shop were not that great. It will be Knipex next time for sure.
 
I got mine yesterday. I have been eyeing them for months. This thread was the little nudge I needed…

I have an entire drawer full of Knipex pliers. All of them are excellent for their intended purpose. As time goes on I have been slowly replacing what I was using with a better Knipex version. The only pliers I haven’t replaced, as of yet, are my Klein crimpers and various Malco Eagle Grip Locking Pliers. To be honest I don’t use locking pliers much so those will probably never be replaced…
 
However good you think your flush cut nippers are, they are terrible unless they are the ones from Knipex. They make two smaller versions, smaller as in not as big as normal plier sized. They are hands down the best things I have ever used to flush cut zip ties and that doesn't always matter until it does. It does when you are trying to reach into some oddball place you need to cut a tail and can only get just a tiny bit of grip on the handles.

Bonus is they are also rated to cut steel bits of stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MZG6YRX/?tag=wranglerorg-20

These are hands down better than my Snap On cutters, Knipex makes some really good stuff.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mrblaine
I used mine for a number of small trimming jobs yesterday. It is a very nice tool. I'm happy to have it!