Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
urban cowboy

8 inch Kobalt bolt cutter. HAS ANYONE USED THESE?

29 posts in this topic

Nope... nobody smart enuff would settle for cheap bolt cutters... they're all gonna say this one way or other, "GET A KNIPEX, ITS THE ONLY WAY TO GO!!!"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Knipex 7102200 8-Inch Lever Action Mini-Bolt Cutter - Comfort Grip

Straight off the HSOforum.

A bolt cutter is a bolt cutter, a lever action cutter is a lever action cutter. 10 inch hand cutter would be better in the kobalt but its the same thing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you're right, it's the same thing and will do the same job..for a while.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

a 40 dollar rod and a 140 dollar rod do the same thing too..if you get what I'm trying to say.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you fish muskie alot, all the time, catch alot of fish....

Knipex would be a good investment. Obviously Knipex is of higher quality.

But if you only boat a dozen fish or so every year and only cut 5-6 hooks a season, in my oppinion this lever action bolt cutter will do the job for many years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a big difference in the price of rods. Guides, actions, lengths, composites. All major factors of quality.

The main differnce........

You use your rod on every cast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well why'd you come in and ask if you're already set on buying it then?

if it's right for your application then by all means use it, the people on here have a lot of knowledge and experience and it seems like those that have tried the alternative very much prefer the Knipex models, that's all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got cha...

I know what you are saying. I want a set knipex cutters too.

I was just thinking that its kind of like buying a set of bran new $1500 Nike Red golf clubs when you go golfing 1 time every 2 weeks and are a 20 handycapper.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a bunch of cheap bolt cutters laying around. They were only good to cut about 4-5 trebles each and that was it. They didn't even last me a year. If you only catch 12 fish a year, a cheap bolt cutters MIGHT last you a year. I have gone on streaks myself where I have cut hooks on 5 fish in a row to get the best release possible.

If you have the unfortunate incident where you get hooked while a muskie is still on, you will wish you had bought a knipex. With a knipex you can cut hooks no problem with one hand. The cheap cutters practically require 2 hands and some strength.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If they're that cheap and you think they'll be that good, just buy two so when the first one fails you have a backup...

Having taken a few hooks here and there, being able to cut a 7/0 shank with 1 hand is key, IMO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks... I was thinking the same thing. I might just buy the Knipex....

Over time do they wear out too???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a HUGE difference between the cheap ones and the knipex, my first pait I ever got was a great neck they broke very easily and left me hanging so I was dumb and brought them back (no warranty) and got another 10.00 pair, they are also junk.

So I picked up the knipex about 7-8 years ago and still have the same pair, Ive cut allot of hooks with them and trust me nothing is more frustrating than ineffective bolt cutters.

I too only cut 5-7 fish a year but I like it when the tool works as well.

But buy what you can afford a junk pair is better than non at all for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

better safe than sorry.. that would be suck if you have hook in your hand with wild fish thrash around in net with not so good boltcutter...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

better safe than sorry.. that would be suck if you have hook in your hand with wild fish thrash around in net with not so good boltcutter...

Been ther done that, Nipex only now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I first started fishing muskies there was no way I was going to spend all that money to get a Knipex. So I got a cheap pair for $10+ cutters. The first hooks I cut went fine. Then the second time I had a fish in the net with the hooks caught up in the net at an odd angle. It was then that I discovered that you have to be at just the right angle to cut hooks with these things or you have to use everything you have to cut an average size musky hook. I was stubborn and thought it must just be a fluke.

Long story short, with great hesitation I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a Knipex. After using them once I wondered why I would have ever bought one of the cheap ones. That was close to 15 years ago and that same pair of Knipex is still doing the job. Worth every penny. If anyone is hesitant to buy a Knipex cutter, ask yourself one question. If I'm ever unfortunate enough to be attached to green fish by a musky bait, what kind of tool do I want in the boat to separate me from that situation?

Aaron

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guys, I gotta ask. Looking up Knipex online, I am finding some for about $50 and didn't look for sales, or some for like $140 for a heavyduty style, longer handles? Are you talking the cheaper or more expensive ones? To me, the heavy duty ones look like they could cut anything but the lower priced ones don't look much better than the ordinary cheap ones?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just go to Muskie-Tackler and they have knipex for under 50 dollars. I got the spring level action one this year and what a difference it makes. Last year used a cheap pair and ended up getting a hook in the hand with a large northern flipping out on the other end of the hook, wasn't good. It makes the Catch and release so much easier for you and the fish. The one thing I did with my knipex so I wouldn't lose them was drill hole in the handle and put a lanyard on them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Buy both. Vacuum seal the cheap pair and leave in your boat for a spare. Buy the Knipex. I also carry an 18" pair of bolt cutters that I use. I like having some distance between my hand and the fish as my eye sight and reflexes aren't what they use to be. frown

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MTO has the right one's, but they can be found cheaper online, I think I paid $30 for mine to my door.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Keep an eye on those trees. They tend to jump in the way when your not looking.    won't be the same without ya. 
    • Truth be told it was the outstate money that originally built the metro into what it is. Without that funding St Paul would be nothing more than St Peter is today. 
    • Can't argue with the last part
    • I wonder if a person gets an extended warranty if that will help?  I have a 2011 with 5.3 silverado and all is good today so I'm thinking og looking into that.
    • My last kayak adventure was less than stellar wound up in the drink. And it was a cold drink at that. A very memorable paddle up to that point. It was the first time I had ever been on the water with snow on everything. It was awesome.    Alas, my 'yaks are all put up for the season now. Waiting for next years adventures to begin. 
    • I am toying with the idea of doing a little calling this weekend. The moon is nice and dark, so the first and last few minutes  of daylight might make something happen. It all depends on what I stumble into for sign. The majority of the deer hunters have been done for a while, so the free meals are going to be getting harder to come by. 
    • The fans I was talking about are 12 volt and only 1" deep. Putting them under the heater might not do the job because the heat from heater rises. If you have room in the lower cabinet on your heater you could mount one fan inside and blow the heat out the grill on the front of the heater.
    • I thought last night's game was surprisingly entertaining considering how low scoring it was for most of it. Not sure if people outside of MN and TX would agree. Rudolph dropping that ball in the end zone was devastating - IMO it was a bigger play than the final one. As much as I hate to see us continue to lose, I honestly have never seen a team lose so many starters at key positions and still be competitive. Says a lot about our coaching, depth, and players buying in.   Will be interesting to see what we can do with our OL without having a 1st rd pick this off season. As others have said, it wouldn't be a bad strategy to use every draft pick we have on the linemen.      
    • Yes. Unlike you I have a job and a life.   I'll just say that whatever it's about you are right because that's the only thing I could ever say that you would possibly agree with me on. I won't get in the way of your libertarian fantasies.
  • Our Sponsors