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Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29685
09/22/03 02:26 PM
09/22/03 02:26 PM
SvenNYC  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
Stopped by a neighborhood hardware store after lunch.

Saw a pair of scissors labelled by Klein as "Electrician's Scissors". They also were selling a stripping knife (with a short stumpy blade). Never seen one of those before...didn't think they still made that, what with all the spring-loaded stripping tools we have these days.

What was the scissor used for and how did it differ from conventional household scissors?

Klein's website showed two types: One with stripping notches and one that was a plain ol' scissor.

What about the "electrician's hammer"? How is this any different from a regular carpenter's claw hammer? The picture on Klein's website showed one....and it looked like a regular hammer to the untrained eye.

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Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29686
09/22/03 03:53 PM
09/22/03 03:53 PM
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
Scissors most likely had two small notches for stripping insulation.

Short stubby knife (looks like one of those snap-off blade jobs - without the snap offs) is for cutting cable insulation

Electrician's hammer has a longer poll (the "neck" between the striking face and the body) to allow it to reach into deep boxes - most carpenter's hammers would catch the edge of the box.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29687
09/22/03 05:08 PM
09/22/03 05:08 PM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
I have a pair of electrician's scissors that I got from Jensen Tools some years ago.

They do indeed have a couple of stripping notches on them, not that I use them. The main blades are quite useful for trimming the cotton and nylon fillers used in some cords.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29688
09/22/03 05:15 PM
09/22/03 05:15 PM
gunther  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 60
I'm just winging it but I think the scissors might have been for low voltage work. It seems like the data guys always carried them. What size wire were the stipping holes for?
As far as an electrician's hammer, I always thought it was defined by the straight claw on the back instead of the curved nail puller. I know its good for something that I have used it for before but right now that escapes me. I'll have to check out the poll on mine.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29689
09/22/03 05:15 PM
09/22/03 05:15 PM
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Splicer's scissors {Klein 2100} have serrated blades and are intended to cut up to 19AWG 'PIC' (plastic-insulated conductor) cable.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29690
09/22/03 05:33 PM
09/22/03 05:33 PM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
The electricians hammer has the straight claw as Gunther said and the longer striking head as Doug said to reach into boxes.

The bad side is this makes the whole hammer head very long and difficult to swing between joists if you need to for staples.


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Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29691
09/22/03 06:19 PM
09/22/03 06:19 PM

Has anyone used the lineman's knife he is referring to? I see them at the supply house and I've wondered if they would be easier (and safer) to use than a regular pocket knife on big cable. I've had a couple close calls with my pocket knife.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29692
09/22/03 06:35 PM
09/22/03 06:35 PM
gunther  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 60
Is that the knife with the hooked end? I got one with my original tool set and did use it on stripping the end of bigger cable. When I say stripping I mean in a penciling fashion, being careful not to nick the wire. These days about the only knife I carry is a razor knife, but I did get a mean look when an old fart asked me for my pocket knife and I told him I didn't have one on me. All in all, the hooked knife was really more useful to me than a regular knife. I think it had to do with maybe the thick and wide blade and being easy to push. Also the hook came in handy occaisionally.

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29693
09/22/03 06:57 PM
09/22/03 06:57 PM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,344
yes Brian, i've used the klien 'linesman's knife' to strip and make onto OH drops.

one less potiential point of contact...

Re: Electricians' scissors and hammers? #29694
09/22/03 07:31 PM
09/22/03 07:31 PM
ThinkGood  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI
Lineman's Knife:
[Linked Image]

Electrician's Scissors (with notches):
[Linked Image]

Cable Splicer's Knife:
[Linked Image]

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