The world of diagonal cutters
Cutting pliers from KNIPEX
Precise and powerful: The right pliers for every cutting task
At KNIPEX, we differentiate between diagonal cutters, front cutters, oblique cutters, center cutters, high leverage and special diagonal cutters and many others. The pliers are designed for cutting a wide variety of materials. Regardless of whether you are holding hose cutting pliers, an electronics diagonal cutter or a concrete mesh cutter from KNIPEX in your hand: The cutting edges are induction-hardened, sharp and precise.
From the ambidextrous use of a bolt end cutter to the sensitive use of a mini diagonal cutter, with KNIPEX you rely on well thought-out construction solutions and easy handling.
Our high leverage diagonal cutters are a good example of this. Thanks to their higher transmission ratio and particularly hard cutting edges, they are among the most robust and powerful versions of a diagonal cutter. Cutting particularly thick or hard wire - such as hardened steel wire - becomes child's play with the use of these special cutting pliers.
One of the many secrets behind it: Our high leverage diagonal cutters are made from particularly high-quality and wear-resistant chrome vanadium steel.
Our classic electrician diagonal cutters for cutting stranded wire or solid wire are also robust and precise. With cable ties, the finest strands and even spring wire, our diagonal cutter series for electromechanics is also included.
What types of cutting pliers are there?
A variety of very different cutting tools are available for cutting a wide variety of materials. We briefly present the most important of them here.
The diagonal cutter:
Unlike a front or center cutter, the cutting edge of a diagonal cutter is arranged sideways. The sharp tip of the pliers is mainly used to cut thin materials.
The center cutter:
The effort required is generally lower thanks to the favourable wedge angle of a center cutter. The bolt cutter is also a center cutter: thanks to its two long levers combined with the high-ratio joint, the pliers are even suitable for cutting thick monier iron. It is used with both hands and has the ability to cut chains, bolts or rivets in various industrial areas. A variant of it is the concrete mash cutter – a bolt cutter with an angled shape.
The front cutter:
As the name suggests: The cutting edges of the front cutter are at the front. They are also used, for example, to cut wires. Thanks to a higher transmission ratio, a high leverage front cutter enables the cutting of even harder materials.
The oblique cutter:
Thanks to their special cutting edge arrangement, an electronics oblique cutter can be used at different angles to the workpiece, depending on the version.
The world of KNIPEX diagonal cutters
An overview of the different versions
Which side cutter is the right one?
Diagonal cutters from KNIPEX are available in four series. Together with the different versions, this results in a total of 75 different models.
This means that every user can find the tailor-made solution for their specific application. Depending on the construction, the hand force required when cutting a 3 mm thick nail can vary greatly.
Hand force used
a 3 mm thick nail.
The KNIPEX TwinForce® is an exceptional tool for hard wires and large cross-sections (with repositioning).
Its patented double-joint construction achieves an impressive 39-fold amplification of manual force. The KNIPEX TwinForce® not only cuts both fine and thick wires easily and reliably - it also effortlessly cuts through unusual materials such as steel strips.
The KNIPEX TwinForce® cuts even 4 mm thick wires with two to three repetitions. Repositioning means notching the wire with a strong press of the hand, opening the pliers again and pushing the wire in the notch towards the joint. Then press again. Repeat the process until the wire touches the joint. This way you can take full advantage of the constructive force transmission and cut thick wires very easily. Other high leverage diagonal cutters of the same size do not cut such diameters at all or only with extreme effort.
The KNIPEX TwinForce® is the award-winning answer from the KNIPEX world: the diagonal cutter for the toughest requirements.
Clean cut of a nail
The extremely important leverage law in the construction and application of many pliers goes back to the Greek scholar Archimedes. In the 3rd century BC he formulated the previously known principle. In doing so, he set up the formula "Effort times effort arm equals load times a load arm". In practice, this means that a force applied to a long lever - the effort arm - is able to move a multiple load on the correspondingly shorter load arm. Archimedes succinctly illustrated the law of the lever with the sentence attributed to him: "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."
The robust one.
For the toughest, long-term use.
The high leverage diagonal cutter from KNIPEX is right wherever a particularly robust tool is needed. The forged hinged joint and a very high-quality steel alloyed with chrome and vanadium ensure long life, stability and a high cutting performance. It cuts all types of wire including piano wire. At the same time, the effort required is significantly lower compared to a conventional diagonal cutter of the same length.
When it comes to hard and permanent stress, the high leverage diagonal cutter is the right choice.
The indispensable cutting tool for versatile use.
The latest evolution of our classic. Thanks to extended cutting edges and the optimisation of joint and cutting angle, the diagonal cutter has become even more versatile in use. Thanks to its inductively hardened precision cutting edges, it is the ideal solution cutting soft, medium-hard and hard wires.
The clean cut even of thin copper wires including with the cutting tips and the slimmer head shape for use in hard-to-reach work areas make it a classic among diagonal cutters.