I had bought an Amazon cheaper version some time ago but was never satisfied with it. The xlc brand often left cut ends jagged and rough. The Park Tool cutter leaves a clean, easy cut time and time again. You get what you pay for and I wish I had only paid once, not twice.
Cuts cable great, cuts housing pretty clean but not perfect IMO (I admit I'm being fairly picky here). The next time I use this I will experiment with inserting a scrap piece of cable in the housing during housing cuts to try and minimize any crushing. The crimp function seemed to work fine. All in all it did the job and cable install was a success.
These cable cutters are awesome and I highly recommend them. Park Tool makes quality, professional grade tools and these cutters are no exception. I have a cheap pair of cable cutters that work OK, but these are far superior. The cable cuts easily and very clean.
This cutter works perfectly when cutting cables you need to not fray. I use it exclusively to cut my cables. I also use it to take off housing caps when you want to salvage them. I would not use it to cut housing since it will seal the ends.
Although a no-frills tool, it is a solid sturdy tool that should perform well for years. I am a home bike mechanic and have maintained, repaired, and upgraded all my families and many of my friend's bikes for for many years.
I live by my Park tools. You may pay a small premium for tools like these but they last a lifetime. Reasonably priced in comparison but a great deal over the lifetime of the tool. These are great for the home mechanic or someone who's doing it for a living.
I'm a bit of a cheapskate and I would rather make do with tools I can buy cheap at a hardware store but when I was looking into replacing my cables and housing for the first time I quickly realized I would need a pair of these. I searched for the cheapest price and couldn't find anything much cheaper than BTD's price so I purchased them here, and I'm so glad I did. You can get by without a 3rd or 4th hand tool when replacing cables, but you cannot forgo these! Reason being is that standard wire cutters will crush the housing, destroy the shape, and fray your cables and that just make things ugly. I've heard you can use a dremel with a cutting tool but that sounds noisy and messy!
This tool did a great job cutting cables cleanly. I needed to do a little clean up of the housings to get rid of a sharp edge though. Short of cutting the housing's with a cutting wheel I can't see how that can be avoided though. So, I give this tool a great rating.
I used random toolbox wire cutters for years with inconsistent/poor results on housing cuts and cable end crimps. The CN-10 cuts clean every time and puts the nice crimp on cable ends. It feels solid and the grip is comfortable. A pro housing cutter should be in every toolbox. I can recommend the Park CN-10.