red snips

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Ingenious lever-action mechanism ensuring an extremely favourable lever ratio with very little friction. The cutting force is about 20 times higher than the hand force applied.
precision cutting edges for soft and hard wire as well as piano wire
cuts bolts, nails, rivets, etc. up to 5.2 mm dia.
most efficient joint design ensures exceptional cutting performance
cutting edges additionally induction hardened, cutting edge hardness approx. 64 HRC
Chrome vanadium heavy-duty steel, forged, oil-hardened

Where and how is it used?

at work, usually cutting something hard

What did you or someone else pay for it?

Trust, confidence and pleasure in every penny

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Because it is a fine example of a tool that helps us achieve, and rarely do we find tools that actually do help us achieve. without suffering.

How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service

Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?


Who was paid to make it?

some amazing person who had a friend who was tired of a lot of cutting through piano wire with shit pliers ...

What skills does it take to make it?

Precision: Innovation: Creative Thought: Metallurgy: Forging: Engineering.... you have got to read what hey say about this on their website. They even have a museum.

Where was it made?

In Germany. not a surprise there.

What does it cost to make it?

I know how much it costs to buy one. I could find out how much it costs to make one?

What is it made from?

1. Handle cover:

with a plastic coating applied in a dipping process,

2. rivet:


3. The cutting edges:

center cutters.

4. The joint:

lap joint

5. Handles:

the bit you grab on to

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Knipex and the trade

Who or what assesses its quality?

knipex and the people who use it... but yet again- they have a lot to say about their product

Where is it sold?

a shop

Who or what sells it?

a shop that sells stuff for people who build or fix things

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Well, I used to use the inefficient pliers, for a long time, and then Tony had a pair of these, and I literally just snipped through the wire and I was released.. I am sure there is a manufacturing blurb about this on their website.

Where is it used?

at work and at home

Where is it kept?

in my toolbox .

How and by whom is it cared for?

I like to use them for what they are for, keep them dry, well lubricated, clean.

How long will it last?

as long as no one nicks them

Where will it go when it's finished with?

probably will become a puppet or something.

What is it worth?

If anything comes with me- its these. That is how much they are worth.

How do you and others value this commodity?

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Total times valued3
Positive (↑)Usefulness
Negative (↓)Local
Overall Positive258
Overall Negative-4
Controversy42.666666666667 (0 = most controversial)

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    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

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They are a very good piece of kit.
Scaling local from from between your house (10) and the other side of the globe Germany ranks beyond neutral, guessing 3.
Top marks for Usefulness (light, portable but strong) if you use them
8 for sustainability because they last, no top marks because the manufacturing process maybe could be more environmental
10 for longevity no brainer
5 for justice thinking the wages that are paid to industry workers in Germany and the social status they enjoy there
10 authenticity because they absolutely don't pretend to be any more or different than what they are
10 consistency because I can't guess what's inconsistent about them

by scharfrichter on April 27th at 7:21am

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