It is important to know that your electronics cutters are of high quality and capable of cutting through any materials that you might want to apply them to.
On some models of electronics cutters the jaws of the tool do not meet precisely, which can lead to thin wires simply being ‘kinked’ rather than cut.
You should be able to tell if the jaws meet up properly by holding the tool up to the light. The jaws should taper towards each other and meet at the tip, leaving a thin triangle of visible light.
There is a useful trick for testing electronics cutters before buying them. Simply take a razor blade and grip it lightly between the jaws of the tool.
If the razor blade stands up straight, the jaws are applying pressure in the same place on both sides of the blade. This means that the electronics cutter will cut through even the thinnest wires rather than just kinking them.
If the razor blade snaps to one side, the jaws are applying pressure in different places, which means that the electronics cutter is likely to kink small wires rather than cutting them.