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Deckthehallswithdesperation Wed 01-Jul-15 12:51:55

Is it wire cutters? If it is, how thick wire d'you think it could cut? Will it need sharpening?

FredaMayor Wed 01-Jul-15 13:05:05

General purpose craft type cutters, but not for thicker wire. Not easy to sharpen IME.

wowfudge Wed 01-Jul-15 16:34:39

Sometimes called snips - you probably can't sharpen them yourself but could them done somewhere with proper sharpening equipment.

PigletJohn Wed 01-Jul-15 16:55:39

Side Cutters.

I don't believe you can sharpen them.

They come in various sizes according to the (usually wire) you want to cut. They are normally used with copper (electrical) wire. i think steel wire would damage the blades.

Snips are different and used for cutting thin steel sheet, or plasterers use them for galvanised beading.

Why do you ask?

PigletJohn Wed 01-Jul-15 16:57:41


If those are about 4" long, I would call them small ones and use them for light flex, or car wiring.

Electricians' cutters might be about 7" long and will cut up to 2.5mm solid core but not 4mm stranded without a lot of tussling.

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