I expected more from Park Tool products so I spent the extra money for this item. I found that the blade are not sharpefficient enough to cut clean though cables and spread the individual wires. The $10 wire cutters caused me to twist the wires together just as much as this tool.
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.
Park tools put every other tool to shame. The quality and bike-specific nature of the tool is incomparable. You can spend less for a tool, but it will not work as well as this one. I have bought several cutters over the last 20 years, but this will be the last one.
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.
This is a great tool for do it yourself kind of people. I bought and re-cabled my bike. I ride my bike enough that I might use this tool again in a year or more, so it's one of these single purpose tools I wished I didn't have to buy, because it is sitting in my tool box, but hay it cuts wires pretty well.
Very well designed tool, I am in the used bike portion of my cycling hobby and because so frequently I am replacing cables. This tool makes the process much simpler and cleaner allowing you to cut and crimp fitting more accurately than with a normal cutter.
I'm comparing this (the right tool) to a Dremel tool (not quite the right tool). The Dremel does cut the cable, but melts the sheathing a bit and leaves a rough edge - probably leading to additional friction on the cable. The Park tool is well made (As usual) and will help prevent damaging the new cable you just bought!
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.