The Klein Tools Lineman's Skinning Knife is the professional's choice for cable preparation. The hooked steel blade stands up to frequent use. The handle features finger grooves for a more comfortable grip and a guard for safety.
3 in. steel blade with hook design withstands frequent scoring and slitting of cable jacket
Notch on back of blade for scraping or removing wire insulation
Rectangular-shaped red handle is designed to be attached to some utility hot stick equipment
Can be sharpened
Blade and ring are securely molded into the handle
Please refer to the attached warranty document in the Product Overview section above under Info & Guides.
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out of 7 reviews
71% recommend this product
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Apr 1, 2021
Very handy tool for skinning electrical cable. Much safer and easier than the straight utility b...
Very handy tool for skinning electrical cable. Much safer and easier than the straight utility blade I used to use. The curved blade of this Klein knife doesn't slide off the cable as easily and makes cuts more accurate. The steel blade is sturdy in the handle, and should take some tough use. There are indentations on the molded handle to grip and hold easier. Works better and safer.
Ok I'll admit I always need a knife. When I received this one was impressed with the weight of th...
Ok I'll admit I always need a knife. When I received this one was impressed with the weight of the blade. It is a good looking knife and actually feels good in my hand with a flat handle. The only thing that it needs is a sheath, I think it would have been nice to package it with a sheath just for safety concerns. But this is a very good blade to work with. And the best thing about it is, "It feels good in my hand."
I feel this tool is used on single wires that are larger than 10 gauge solid or 8 gauge stranded ...
I feel this tool is used on single wires that are larger than 10 gauge solid or 8 gauge stranded wire. It is too easy to damage small strand wires with the Skinning knife tool. There are other tools available for short cuts in small wires with stranded or solid conductors..
This knife is designed for removing the exterior covering off single conductor or multi-conductor wire. I determine the starting point of the cover removal. This is usually determined by the destination of the bare wire. Some clamp downs need just an inch or so and others a few inches of bare wire
The skinning concept is best described for a single conductor wire that is covered in 1 or multiple layers of plastic insulation. You need to remove the plastic insulation (skin) down to the metal wire (bone). Remove the skin by scraping the knife down the wire toward the cut end by moving nearly parallel to the wire so it slices off a peal of skin and does not cut into the metal. This is not a simple task and the sharpness of the blade determines the strength needed for the task. Once cut from start to end, pry back the insulation back to the cut start point. While holding up on the skin, cut around the wire just deep enough to remove the insulation. Electricians have developed a technique to do this cut by a single twisting movement with the knife in one hand and wire and insulation in the other hand.
The skinning is also used on multi-conductor wires to take away the outer covering and freeing up the individual wires while keeping the insulation of the single wires in tack. This is done by slicing just below the surface with the point and then having the knife passing between and parallel to two of the conductors. Pull the insulation back and cut it back to the beginning point.
I tested the knife with 7 wire gauges that I come into contact more frequently. Left to right is 2/0, #2, #6, #8 oil resistant, Old #12/2 no ground, romex 12/2 w/g, 14/2 w/g center skin, 14/2 w/g, 12/2 w/g burial (hard to slice)
This particular knife has a circular groove on top of the knife blade near the handle. This is designed as a comfortable place for your forefinger to apply pressure down on the top of the knife while keeping this finger from moving down to the cut zone.
This knife does not come with a holder. I would recommend getting one or having a dedicated knife pocket on your tool belt to be its holder. You do not want to slide your hand into the blade.
Other Klein knives can be folded and locked in the open position. Other Klein knives have replaceable blades that fit in a metal slot. When the blade on this knife become dull with use, you can replace the blade. You do not need to throw the whole knife away. Usually on the Metal slot also has a metal pin that can be used with one hand to safely open the knife.
I noticed on this tool a notice that the handle is not rated to cut “live” wires. I would not recommend working on live wires any time unless you are working for a power company and that company will provide you with the protective gear and training to work on live wires.
The handle was comfortable when in use.
Klein’s lineman’s skinning tool was useful in removing old coax cable from my house, I had an ugl...
Klein’s lineman’s skinning tool was useful in removing old coax cable from my house, I had an ugly old satellite dish on the back of my house with a huge bunch of coax attached to it, the knife was able to spilt and cut through all the old line, I also used the knife to remove more old cables on the other side of the house. The grip of the knife was nice and provided comfort for my hand.
This Klein Lineman's Skinning Knife cuts wire insulation like a hot knife through butter!!!! The ...
This Klein Lineman's Skinning Knife cuts wire insulation like a hot knife through butter!!!! The hard non-slip plastic grip handle gives me great confidence that the knife can be handled safely and with precision (with and without gloves). The notch back feature is useful and firmly grips insulation making easily to expose the wire strands. Will be a Lineman's go-to tool for sure. The thick blade is a well thought of design feature. Best part of the tool is that it works fantastic and feels well balanced.
Let me start out by stating that I am not a lineman and do not do a lot of electrical work. I got...
Let me start out by stating that I am not a lineman and do not do a lot of electrical work. I got this product to test because I had my service panel upgraded from 60 amps to a 200 amp and had all the old wire, as well as other electrical wire to strip and resell at a salvage yard. When I tried to use this tool to strip the heavy solid aluminum wire used from the pole to the meter, I found the knife to be too dull to strip the insulation off the wire. I actually ended up using a utility knife that stripped it in one fifth the time. Maybe the tool needs to be sharper, or I need to know how to properly use it, but this is what I found when I used it.
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I'm not sure if the customer is supposed to sharpen this knife after they buy it or if it just comes dull. Where I work provides the knifes for free and they swap between this knife and the Buckingham 70861, depending on the bulk order cost. After going through 3 of these knifes I cant justify using it. Love Klien tools (I'm a lineman) but I cant get behind this one.
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