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KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears

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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by Redpath Installs
26th May 2021

My first impression of the cutters was that they were a little small, the handles fell short in my hand making it feel like I wasn’t able to hold them properly nor use my entire hand when cutting through cable.

That said the shape of the handles and the grips themselves were very nice and being VDE compliant is always a bonus

They were very sharp and the stepped blade made cutting through cable easy however again I found that because they were short it’s very hard to open the jaws wide enough to cut bigger size cores that Knipex have claimed they are capable of

I personally wouldn’t buy these, in my opinion there are cheaper cutters that are better suited to the same application these have been designed for. Sorry Knipex but these were not for me.

My first impression of the cutters was that they were a little small, the handles fell short in my hand making it feel like I wasn’t able to hold them properly nor use my entire hand when cutting through cable.

That said the shape of the handles and the grips themselves were very nice and being VDE compliant is always a bonus

They were very sharp and the stepped blade made cutting through cable easy however again I found that because they were short it’s very hard to open the jaws wide enough to cut bigger size cores that Knipex have claimed they are capable of

I personally wouldn’t buy these, in my opinion there are cheaper cutters that are better suited to the same application these have been designed for. Sorry Knipex but these were not for me.


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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by ElectVicks LTD
24th May 2021

Used these for a few weeks now and can’t go wrong. Build quality is spot on as you’d expect from this brand.
I actually wish I bought a set sooner as they have taken over the role of my go to cutters :) If you use a lot of flex you will love them, cut through 16mm and 25mm tails with ease, and SWA Tails come off even easier. The only downfall that bugs me is the size, as they open up can be a bit tricky to cut with one hand, but it might with time become natural, perhaps I’m still used to my Wiha Set. Very clean cut and watch your fingers they are very sharp. Don’t use them for cutting down screws as they will become useless.
Thanks for giving me the chance to review these :)

Used these for a few weeks now and can’t go wrong. Build quality is spot on as you’d expect from this brand.
I actually wish I bought a set sooner as they have taken over the role of my go to cutters :) If you use a lot of flex you will love them, cut through 16mm and 25mm tails with ease, and SWA Tails come off even easier. The only downfall that bugs me is the size, as they open up can be a bit tricky to cut with one hand, but it might with time become natural, perhaps I’m still used to my Wiha Set. Very clean cut and watch your fingers they are very sharp. Don’t use them for cutting down screws as they will become useless.
Thanks for giving me the chance to review these :)


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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by MP ELECTRICAL
15th May 2021

So I’ve had a bit a fun playing with these for the last couple of weeks.

Being a bit of another brand fan, I was looking forward to getting these to see what the quality is like. I can honestly say I like them. They’re on the small side, so if you have massive hulk hands you might find them a little uncomfortable to use.

Being small I thought that these would have trouble getting through cable. It seems with the step cut and how sharp these are, they have zero trouble. You don’t get the usual crushing of cables on the smaller csa’s but still get a nice cut on 16mm.

Have a quick read on them as they’re not good for harder metals, the blades will get damaged and become useless.

They have a nice grip, comfortable. And naturally VDE approved. They’re small and light and fit nicely in your belt bag. Being from knipex you get the usual quality that you’d expect from them.

I think personally I’d have gone for a larger handle base just for making it easier to cut some of the larger cables. I would buy them, I think they do have a place in the kit. There will be that time when you need them.

Thanks Tool Talk for sending these for me to review! Overall nice bit of kit!

So I’ve had a bit a fun playing with these for the last couple of weeks.

Being a bit of another brand fan, I was looking forward to getting these to see what the quality is like. I can honestly say I like them. They’re on the small side, so if you have massive hulk hands you might find them a little uncomfortable to use.

Being small I thought that these would have trouble getting through cable. It seems with the step cut and how sharp these are, they have zero trouble. You don’t get the usual crushing of cables on the smaller csa’s but still get a nice cut on 16mm.

Have a quick read on them as they’re not good for harder metals, the blades will get damaged and become useless.

They have a nice grip, comfortable. And naturally VDE approved. They’re small and light and fit nicely in your belt bag. Being from knipex you get the usual quality that you’d expect from them.

I think personally I’d have gone for a larger handle base just for making it easier to cut some of the larger cables. I would buy them, I think they do have a place in the kit. There will be that time when you need them.

Thanks Tool Talk for sending these for me to review! Overall nice bit of kit!


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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by Mt Electrical
14th May 2021

After years of using CK croppers I was very kindly given these to review, I was dubious about how they would compare but I must say I only wished I had of come across them sooner!. Excellent for Cutting all types of cables and even cuts 25mm tails with ease. These shears leave a very clean and precise cut, and as with knives the build quality is second to none as usual.

The only minor concern is they are slightly on the small side so once you get to the 25mm tails you need to use 2 hands to be able to open the jaw wide enough other than that they are spot on. If they become available in a larger size I think they would be ideal and will be purchasing a pair myself

Would highly recommend them as part of your tool kit and are reasonably priced as well.

After years of using CK croppers I was very kindly given these to review, I was dubious about how they would compare but I must say I only wished I had of come across them sooner!. Excellent for Cutting all types of cables and even cuts 25mm tails with ease. These shears leave a very clean and precise cut, and as with knives the build quality is second to none as usual.

The only minor concern is they are slightly on the small side so once you get to the 25mm tails you need to use 2 hands to be able to open the jaw wide enough other than that they are spot on. If they become available in a larger size I think they would be ideal and will be purchasing a pair myself

Would highly recommend them as part of your tool kit and are reasonably priced as well.


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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by PeterJ
11th May 2021

I was very impressed with these cutters after receiving them to review, they are slightly on the smaller side but will actually cut 25mm tails with not much effort. They cut most things without much effort at all being razor sharp I'm not surprised!

If there was a larger version I would deffintely see a reason for them to be in my tool bag. But with side cutters that cut most things and large sheers that can cut anything I really struggle to see where these fit into the range of cutters I carry on a day to day basis.

So to summarise I personally wouldn't buy them, unless they offered a larger set that were spring loaded.

I was very impressed with these cutters after receiving them to review, they are slightly on the smaller side but will actually cut 25mm tails with not much effort. They cut most things without much effort at all being razor sharp I'm not surprised!

If there was a larger version I would deffintely see a reason for them to be in my tool bag. But with side cutters that cut most things and large sheers that can cut anything I really struggle to see where these fit into the range of cutters I carry on a day to day basis.

So to summarise I personally wouldn't buy them, unless they offered a larger set that were spring loaded.


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Review for KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears by Keith Dawson Property
10th May 2021

I was kindly sent these Knipex Stepcut cable shears from tooltalk to use, test and review.

Having used them daily for over a week I have found them really useful when working with 6/10mm t+e and 10mm singles. I usually use my side cutters to chop these which required significantly more effort.

They are quite small which I don’t think you can see from the picture and are not quite large enough for using with 16mm/25mm meter tails.

These are a solid tool they do exactly what you expect from them. I must admit I wasn’t sure when I first got them due to the small size but they have come in quite handy in tight spots.

These are razor sharp and do not struggle with the above. Ideal to keep in your tool bag reasonable priced for a solid brand like knipex just make sure you stay away from and steel wire armoured or socket screws as this will ruin the blades and make every cable cut a struggle.

I would recommend these to have on you for a relatively low cost and convenience of small size but would probably advise you to go for the large size to allow more flexibility with what you can cut.

I was kindly sent these Knipex Stepcut cable shears from tooltalk to use, test and review.

Having used them daily for over a week I have found them really useful when working with 6/10mm t+e and 10mm singles. I usually use my side cutters to chop these which required significantly more effort.

They are quite small which I don’t think you can see from the picture and are not quite large enough for using with 16mm/25mm meter tails.

These are a solid tool they do exactly what you expect from them. I must admit I wasn’t sure when I first got them due to the small size but they have come in quite handy in tight spots.

These are razor sharp and do not struggle with the above. Ideal to keep in your tool bag reasonable priced for a solid brand like knipex just make sure you stay away from and steel wire armoured or socket screws as this will ruin the blades and make every cable cut a struggle.

I would recommend these to have on you for a relatively low cost and convenience of small size but would probably advise you to go for the large size to allow more flexibility with what you can cut.