Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The wire stripper side cutter from Knipex (14 26 160), a nice tool for a niche market

This wire stripper is a fairly innovative pair of cutting pliers than can both cut and strip wires and is also insulated for 1000V. 

It is very good at its job.

That being said, I would not particularly recommend buying these unless you are frequently working with electrical cables and either want to reduce the storage space your tools take or want to reduce the number of tools you have to carry around, e.g. you have to crawl into small spaces, climb long ladders/flights of stairs or go to work with the bus or on a bike. 


This tool combines both cutting and stripping (1.5 and 2.5 square mm) functions you need for e.g. domestic electrical work. I personally use it in my smallest toolbox. That toolbox also contains a 1000V insulated screwdriver (and its bits), a torch (led), a leatherman kick, a plastic Stanley knife and a couple of zip ties. That's it!

The wire stripping part works very well and doesn't need the adjustment wire strippers usually require when working with both 1.5mm² and 2.5mm² usually found in households.

As with all Knipex pliers, it is very well made and has a lifetime warranty.


The 1000V insulation prevents your hand
from slipping and touching the wire

The Knippex stripping a 2.5mm² wire