JAGWIRE PRO CABLE-CUTTERS AND CRIMPERS
Approximately 25% smaller than standard snips, Jagwire Pro Cable Cutter and Crimper is specifically engineered to sneak within confined spaces presented by contemporary, semi/compact frame geometry while superior design and top-flight materials should satisfy the most discerning home enthusiasts.
Speaking of which, these are constructed from cold forged, heat-treated SK5 steel, an extremely strong, durable Japanese blend characterised by high carbon/manganese content. Lazer-cut jaws are intended to trim several thousand Bowden cables between 1.2 and 1.8mm with ruthless precision before retirement looms. Its sibling chomps outers with similar aplomb; though purchasing together pushes the bill nearer £50, thus casual fettlers are probably better sticking with more generic models.
Gluing/soldering freshly guillotined inners has long been my default thanks to ineffectual crimping blocks that either catapulted those tiny caps to a distant galaxy or worse still, mauled them (and often their hosts) irreparably. No such problem here, courtesy of an igneous centre mounted receptacle that holds the little chap captive while you slide him home.
Once in situ, a deft squeeze of their voluptuous handles exerts even, triangular pressure for impeccable results. A striping claw integral to the left arm means effortless, bodge free removal; enabling otherwise sound inner wires to be reused in a pinch-say replacing a rear mech or upgrading a brake-set.
Consistently flawless effect first and every time on all grades is what separates pro from consumer tooling and these have delighted whether pruning unwanted pear/barrel nipples on bargain basement bulk buys or installing notoriously tricky weather impervious, maintenance free types.
Manoeuvring between seat tube/stays when trimming old school cantilevers proved notably easier, representing a time saving of twenty-five minutes during wholesale cable upgrades on a fleet of bikes-perfect for busy shop/team mechanics. This coupled with strong, yet progressive action curried almost immediate and unfaltering favour with female testers too.