As I’ve said on many occasions, I can understand how most people wouldn’t get too excited about a simple mini-bolt cutter. Hence, something as simple as the Knipex 7101200 Mini-Bolt Cutter is unlikely to generate any real hysteria. Nevertheless, find yourself in need of a decent cutter you can count on and you’ll glad you have something like this lever in your arsenal. The thing is, it’s not until you’ve tried a whole bunch of tools like these that you begin to understand and appreciate quality. There are far too many cutters on the market that claim to get the job done, but if anything, make life more difficult than it needs.
In the case of Knipex 7101200, this is a tool that comes from one of the most reputable brands in the business. These cutters are manufactured from the highest quality materials, they’re built to go the distance, and they’re all about versatility. They’re also up for grabs for a pretty impressive price, given the quality of the tool you take home. Again, I wouldn’t expect most people to get too excited about something as simple as the mini bolt cutter. But trust me by when I say that as far as mini cutters go, you’d hard-pressed to find anything better for this kind of price.
Knipex 7101200 8-Inch Lever Action Mini-Bolt Cutter – Features
How many features can a simple cutter have? Short answer – not many at all. But then again, these things aren’t built to reinvent the wheel to get the job done quickly, effectively, and consistently. This is precisely where the Knipex 7101200 8-inch cutter shines. The design of this cutter uses a lever that amplifies the pressure exerted on the handle by more than 20X. Combined with exceptional quality materials for unbeatable sharpness, this enables this tiny tool to slice through wires and cables up to 1/4-inch diameter with ease.
According to the manufacturer, this mini bolt cutter represents the perfect everyday go-to for mechanics, electricians, and tradesmen across the board. It’s also more than affordable enough to add to the average home toolbox. The blades are manufactured in Germany using tempered, oil-solidified, chrome vanadium steel, outperforming most comparable alternatives by a significant margin. What’s more, the ergonomic handle designed to maximize comfort and safety, even when working in less than ideal conditions.
My Experience with the Knipex 7101200 8-Inch Lever Action Mini-Bolt Cutter
It’s not often that I find myself without much to say about a tool. I can sing the praises about just about anything until the cows come home, but it’s not quite as simple with the Knipex 7101200. And that’s for one specific reason – it just works and works like a charm. No complex features, no real unique design elements, and nothing that doesn’t need there. Just an exceptionally robust and reliable cutter, which is comfortable to use and relentlessly capable. Put to the test, this impressive little piece of engineering can cut through thin wire up to 6.0 mm, through medium hard wire up to 5.2 mm, hard wire up to 4.0 mm and even high-strength piano wire up to 3.6 mm in width.
The manufacturer states that the lever reduces the amount of effort required when tackling difficult cuts by up to 60%, which I can definitely vouch for. Perhaps most importantly, this isn’t the kind of cutter that loses its sharpness and cutting capacity after a handful of tricky cuts. I gave it a serious run for its money with a fencing project I was working on at the time, by the end of which it was every bit as sharp and efficient as it was snipping the first length of wire. Balanced, sharp, easy to use, and affordable – what more can I say?
- Robust materials and outstanding build quality
- Very comfortable to hold and use
- Suitable for a wide variety of applications
- Exceptional cutting power for its size
- Blades remain sharp indefinitely
- Perfect for professional and DIY use
- Impressive overall value for money
- Not large enough for heavy-duty applications
Examining the feedback of other buyers, the only criticism I’ve found concerning this cutter is about its maximum cutting capacity. In all instances, those penning the reviews seem to have forgotten that this is a small 8-inch mini-cutter that it isn’t designed to deal with industrial-grade padlocks, for example.
Or to put it another way, use the Knipex 7101200 8″ cutter for what it actually designed for and it will never let you down. It’s a genuinely impressive and high-performance piece of kit, which is affordable enough to make its way into any toolbox. Plus, the fact that it will serve you proudly for many years to come means it also adds up to superb value for money.