Electronic Snippers

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 snippers can be used are wire cutters if the need be, and are great if you're looking for something a little better than hobby grade.

Electronic Snippers Product Help and Resources

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

September 19, 2013

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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  • SteveS / about 13 years ago / 3

    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.

  • kylehotchkiss / about 13 years ago / 1

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

    • metacollin / about 11 years ago / 2

      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.

  • No-one / about 13 years ago / 1

    Where's the adventures of "micro-nippasaurus" ?

  • leukocytelazaret / about 13 years ago * / 1

    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'

  • baum / about 13 years ago / 1

    Look at the images... "Nippers"?

  • Madbodger / about 13 years ago / 1

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

  • Kamiquasi / about 13 years ago / 1

    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.

      • Chris_L / about 10 years ago / 1

        , 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!

      • Kamiquasi / about 13 years ago / 1

        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 :)

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

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Worth the extra few bucks

After struggling with more inexpensive diagonal cutters that tend to wear out or develop notches alarmingly rapidly, I purchased this pair hoping to have a more reliable tool. Having owned these diagonals for a few years now, I can testify as to their quality - comfortable to use, quite strong, and largely impervious to dings and dull ends. I removed the angle adjuster as I found it got in the way when making quick cuts (i.e. removing motors trailing a fine wisp of smoke from your fighting robot two minutes before the next match), but overall an excellent choice, and like any tool well worth the extra cash.

Very well made

These snippers are well made and ground so that the entire length of blade cuts well. I have made perhaps 50 cuts so far (I have only had them one week) and there are no chips or distorted edges. I could buy these again.

Very Nice

I really like these. I decided to pay a few extra bucks for these and I must say I'm not disappointed. They are excellent.

Starting to notch after 5 years of medium use. Best value ever.

This tool is cheap compared to what the good ones cost (>$50). I have a few notches from cutting heavier gauge wire, but 22awg solid is still a clean cut. Don't beat them up (don't cut wire bigger than 18-20 awg) and they'll last a looonnng time.

Best thing since sliced bread

I have had my first pair since 2007. I nearly use them for precise cutting but have since branched out. I have actually worn mine out so it cannot cut. I have a second pair now for the very precise clipping and use my original for the general-purpose snipping. I have used a lot of crap cutters but there is nothing that comes close to the precise cuts of this pair..