If you find yourself with a desire to spend an afternoon replacing your aging shift or brake cables at home, you're going to need Shimano's TL-CT12 Bicycle Scissors Cable Cutter to get started. Updated slightly from the previous version, the TL-CT12 boasts sharper blades and improved longevity compared to its predecessor, and its chrome-plated carbon steel construction gives it rigidity while you work and the assurance that it'll be a tool you can keep around in your bench for a while. The TL-CT12 also features a built-in crimper and a needle for reshaping the housing after cutting. Shimano specifically shaped the handle opening and handles themselves to make using the cable cutter easy on your hands.
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Best for cutting brake housing
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The curved jaws of these make cutting brake housing the cleanest and leaves less sharp edges, which reduces cable friction. Adding the pokie device to open up the housing ends is a nice touch.