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What are the parts of electronics cutters?

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 A diagram of the different parts of an electronics cutter

 Jaws

The jaws of a pair of electronics cutters The jaws of a pair of electronics cutters are very narrow, to allow delicate work in tight areas. They have sharp, pointed noses for precise tip cutting and bevelled edges to ensure that wires are cut as neatly as possible. Electronics cutter jaws are available in a wide range of shapes and bevels. For a detailed explanation, see What types of electronics cutter jaws are available?

Lead catcher

Some electronics cutters have lead catchers Some electronics cutters have ‘lead catcher’ jaws which are designed to catch the end of a piece of wire after it has been cut, preventing it from falling into sensitive areas where it might contaminate machinery or create unwanted electrical connections.

Fulcrum

A diagram of a lap screw joint The fulcrum is the point at which the handles and jaws pivot, or turn. It usually consists of an adjustable screw or bolt.

Handles

Electronics cutter handles Electronics cutter handles are designed to fit ergonomically into the palm of the hand. They are usually coated in a thermoplastic sheath.

Return spring

Electronics cutters have springs Electronics cutters have return springs to ensure that the handles return automatically to an open position when the user is not squeezing them together. This means the user doesn’t have to pull the handles apart again after making a cut, which allows the tool to be operated in one hand.