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Description: While our small diagonal cutters are great for hobby use, sometimes you need something with a little more bite. These electronic snippers are great for cutting wires and component leads. They have a cushioned handle which makes them much more comfortable to use. These pliers are great if you're looking for something a little better than hobby grade.

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  • I lived in Japan for a year and purchased many tools from the Engineer range while I was there. These are really good quality.
    Sparkfun should also have a look at reselling some of the component storage products from Engineer.
    Last comment on all things great from Japan, the Hozan brand of tools is sublime.
    S

  • This is hands down one of the best tools I own. I feel like it will take my skin off easily so be careful =)

    • I’ve been using it to take my skin off easily. These micro nippers work way better than nail clippers for…ahem, nipping hang nails in the bud.

      It came to the rescue a second time when a 1cm long length strand from a coax shield braid some how completely embedded itself in my thumb’s fingertip. I don’t know how or when it happened, but my thumb kept getting sharp pain, but there was no visible injury. Then I noticed a tiny metallic flash, it looked like a speck of metal dust sitting on my thumb. It was far too tiny for any tweezers I could find.

      The precise movement and shape of this tool is amazing. The tip worked better than tweezers and on the first try, grabbed the dust spec and OH GOD WHAT IS THIS COMING OUT OF ME whew its out OH GOD THAT WAS IN ME. Measured just shy of the 10mm line.

  • Where’s the adventures of “micro-nippasaurus” ?

  • I may be a nerd for this, but I love the way they transliterated ‘Micro Nippers’ into ‘maikuro nippaa’.
    That’s the way it’s done, of course. I just find it funny.
    that’s the Katakana text above ‘Micro Nippers’

  • Look at the images… “Nippers”?

  • I like the packaging. Angle adjuster! Soft grip! Spring!

  • And here I thought they would be battery-operated cutters ;)
    I’m curious, though - a comparison is made to the diagonal cutters where, indeed, these are much better. But how is this product being positioned with regard to the Flush Cutters ( http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10029 )?
    I did have one like the Flush Cutter a few years back but the spring mechanism tends to get snagged on things (or things snagged on it).
    I can’t really get a good view of either of them to compare them to my current cutters, which have handles at an angle (about 30 degrees) to the actual cutting head, making it a breeze to cut leads away even on larger PCBs, as the handles never come near the surface.

    • I’ll get a close-up of the cutters. They are made from a much better material and don’t dull as easily as cheaper cutters.

      • , it’s definitely worth paying a bit more to get quality tools. Not having that spring jutting out is already an improvement, of course :)

        Each blade is actually a tiny little Samurai Katana blade!!! Beware!

      • Oh excellent!
        Yeah, it’s definitely worth paying a bit more to get quality tools. Not having that spring jutting out is already an improvement, of course :)


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