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Old 04-02-2009, 05:08 PM   #61
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Fantastic! Now get with the program and buy a romex stripper!
no thanks im not a cheater
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:06 PM   #62
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no thanks im not a cheater
Run that by me again. How is using a romex stripper cheating?
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:09 PM   #63
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Run that by me again. How is using a romex stripper cheating?
im just messing with you peter. i dont care if you use your magical powers to strip romex. i choose to use a knife because im comfortable doing it. i even use my linesman pliers to strip romex if im in a real hurry
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:12 PM   #64
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im just messing with you peter. i dont care if you use your magical powers to strip romex. i choose to use a knife because im comfortable doing it. i even use my linesman pliers to strip romex if im in a real hurry
I see. Don't hate me because I have such incredible skills. I was just born this way.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:16 PM   #65
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I see. Don't hate me because I have such incredible skills. I was just born this way.
teach me your ways
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:19 PM   #66
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OK, name a time and a place and I will teach a class
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We used to actually hand out razor knives (folding boxcutters) to our guys - until they started cutting their fingers and hands up left and right! That led to a company-wide restriction and mandatory use of Kevlar gloves.
I have always preferred the Buckingham skinning knife, and the Klein version comes in a close second. The Buckingham is easier to sharpen but loses its edge faster, the Klein seems to stay sharp forever, but when it needs to be sharpened it is a pain! They can also be used for so much more than stripping insulation...
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I know this topic is old, but i am new to learning about electricity and i was wondering cause i did take time to read all the posts in this thread, and was wondering what exactly is this "electrican's knife" used for? from what i understand, you people use it to strip wire?
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I know this topic is old, but i am new to learning about electricity and i was wondering cause i did take time to read all the posts in this thread, and was wondering what exactly is this "electrican's knife" used for? from what i understand, you people use it to strip wire?

Nah your totally wrong; they use them to cut heads of chickens while dancing in circles around a huge bonfires dressed in goat leggings and masks... I think it's a union thing

But seriously they're commonly used to strip the outer jacket off cables and insulation off of individual conductors that are too big for standard wire strippers as well as anything else that you would normally use a knife for.
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well i like using that knife and i dont like using a razor blade. thats how i feel and thats the end of that. i could care less what somebody uses to strip wire with. i like my knife
I am with you i use this knife. Dress up the blade once a week, use it to strip everthing from romex to bell wire sheath, works for me.

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i like my hawkbill. its razor sharp and a hell of a lot more sturdy than a razor knife
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oh ok then that answers my question, but with a knife couldnt you possibly cut into the actual conductor? or does it just take time and practice to learn how to use it properly?
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Nah your totally wrong; they use them to cut heads of chickens while dancing in circles around a huge bonfires dressed in goat leggings and masks... I think it's a union thing
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i like my hawkbill. its razor sharp and a hell of a lot more sturdy than a razor knife
If you worked for me, you would be forbidden to use a hawkbill.
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oh ok then that answers my question, but with a knife couldnt you possibly cut into the actual conductor? or does it just take time and practice to learn how to use it properly?
Yes it takes practice and with practice little time is needed to do it. What's more is most tool manufacturers dont make a plier type wire stripper for gauges bigger than say #6. At least that i am aware of...For larger feeder gauges etc, a knife is the only way to go, and yes you CAN cut the conductor and WILL your first time but you get the hang of it pretty quick, if you have any manual dexterity at all.
My first time i cut my thumb real bad...i learned quickly after that.
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If you worked for me, you would be forbidden to use a hawkbill.
then id ask why. i would expect some reason that doesnt make any sense "it takes too long to open"
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the best wire stripper is the ripley 4x4 stripper. you just need to get dies for the wire size and insulation type it can get expensive
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