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Old 03-27-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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anyone here use this knife yet? just picked one up to try it out. i think i still like the folding hawkbill knife better but we will see when i terminate the large wires
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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What knife are you talking about?
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Im a pretty big fan. I usually get one every couple of months.Its fantastic for hot work, like cutting in services and such. A lot better than tapping up your razor knife.
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the klein 1570-3
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:22 PM   #5
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What knife are you talking about?
I think he's just talking about a regular lineman's knife that's been around since Edison.

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Old 03-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #7
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I think he's just talking about a regular lineman's knife that's been around since Edison.

I have one like the blue one and it works realy good.
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im trying to know what the notch is for. i put my thumb there for more power
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im trying to know what the notch is for. i put my thumb there for more power
For deoxidizing the conductor. Seriously. You're supposed to vigorously scrape the conductor with the back of the knife after you skin it and before you terminate it. More of an issue when tapping old outdoor aerial conductors.
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I paid like $40.00 the Klein insulated 1570-3LR last year, but it doesn’t hold an edge any better than the regular 1570 does, which is not at all.

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I paid like $70.00 the Klein insulated 1570-3LR last year, but it doesn’t hold an edge any better than the regular 1570 does, which is not at all.
I use that one as well, but it has held an edge pretty well.



Since it doesnt have the scraper, i use a wire brush with a wooden handle.

BTW. You paid way too much - I paid about $35 for mine

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Are those really any better to skin out big wire than a utility knife (razor blade)?
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Are those really any better to skin out big wire than a utility knife (razor blade)?
if the line is dead, i actually prefer a utility knife.

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i dont like using a razor knife. i always slip with them and cut my arm off. i have more control using a lineman knife or hawkbill. plus i never find a good quality razor knife they always suck
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ive got a regular old gerber pocket knife ill put up against a razor knife or hawkbill any day.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:12 PM   #16
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i really like this knife.

http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/...0P/reviews.htm

cheap. get it on sale for 5 bucks. change the blades in a second and the blades are strong too. stripping big conductors in -25 or worse, the insulation gets so stiff and you can still get it done. no complaints at all. snap the belt loop off with your pliers and it hides in your back pocket like its not there.
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i really like this knife.

http://reviews.canadiantire.ca/9045/...0P/reviews.htm

cheap. get it on sale for 5 bucks. change the blades in a second and the blades are strong too. stripping big conductors in -25 or worse, the insulation gets so stiff and you can still get it done. no complaints at all. snap the belt loop off with your pliers and it hides in your back pocket like its not there.
There is no way you could use that to make up switchgear and terminating large conductors for a week or more.
That is more of a box cutter.
The blades don't keep an edge for very long and I end up breaking them expecting to get one more cut out of them.
The blue handle one really is the bomb. It used to come in a leather pouch with a pair of scissors.
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well i don't what to tell you then.

i haven't done a weeks straight worth of switchgear but i have done quite a bit of 4/0 and 250mcm as it feeds our submersible pumps and never snapped a blade. obviously it will get dull running it along some copper but you can just flip it and keep going. plus at 5 bucks when it disappears,big deal. i have never actually seen an electrician use one of those klein knifes. no jokes. i guess we all like box cutters and utility knifes up here.
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i been terminating big wire fora long time with a utility/razor knife. works just fine.
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well i don't what to tell you then.

i haven't done a weeks straight worth of switchgear but i have done quite a bit of 4/0 and 250mcm as it feeds our submersible pumps and never snapped a blade. obviously it will get dull running it along some copper but you can just flip it and keep going. plus at 5 bucks when it disappears,big deal. i have never actually seen an electrician use one of those Klein knifes. no jokes. i guess we all like box cutters and utility knifes up here.
Guess I am old school, I have always used the curved folding Klein knife, i just recently got the Klein linesman knife and that is what i use now. I was told a sharp razor knife wasnt the best idea as it was to easy to nick the insulation on the conductors in lomex(romex).

I want some of that flat 3 wire lomex to try as it has always been an pita to strip the round stuff.
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