If you are into the light and small electric / electronic work, stripping wires with teeth is bothersome as well as tiresome. Getting rid of it is now quite easy with the SOG Kilowatt EL01-CP folding pocket knife. This tool is not merely for cutting boxes or letters but also for occasional wire stripping.
In the world of knives, SOG is one of the reliable brands. It is also much forward when it comes to engineering knives. This is something that this Kilowatt model reflects. The knife is the first of its kind designed not only for homeowners but also for electricians.
It promotes this Kilowatt model as its most expert folding knife for electricians. Apart from the construction materials of high quality, perfect make, and very sharp blade of stainless steel, the knife features an exciting assortment of functionality for electricians.
Features of SOG Kilowatt EL01-CP
The distinct design can easily strip between 10 and 22 AWG. The two stripper bars can deal with different and diverse gauges, while the propriety whole stripper coordinates with the main blade for proper stripping. Three systems tackle different wires, ranging right from a cable wire to a multi-strand one. The commendable part is that they all function well and as per their promise.
The gauged stripper working much like a daily stripper but does not replace it. It is quick enough to function when it comes to fulfilling the naive requirements.
Apart from the stripper bar, there is a spring-loaded stripper that works sturdily, no matter how many times you use it. Located on the handle’s end, it is seriously not going to break so soon. This stripper passes neatly via a Cat5e and Catv6 Ethernet wires.
On the palm rest, a stripper hole performs perfectly to strip for extinction. The cable stripper is ideal for handling a big cable, including a 24-gauge one. It is perhaps the most impressive part of the knife, although it is a bit stubborn. However, once you know how to turn the cable in the right way, it is easy to strip the cover neatly without pinching the internal conductors.
The blade is made using AUS-8 steel, which is Japanese steel having chromium of high quality. Due to this steel, the blade comes with the admirable ability to hold the edge, a good settlement of strength and toughness, and with the most wanted benefit of rust resistance. Further, it remains sharp for a long time, which reduces the frequency to resharpen.
The shape is clip point, which means the blade’s tip tends to go closer to the middle line for giving you an enhanced piercing-style outcome. Its straight edge offers clean cuts and ensures easy usage. It also adds to the ease of resharpening.
Lastly, the blade’s etching is remarkable, while the electric design of the socket gives a friendly appearance.
Grippy and Strong Handle
The handle is made using glass-reinforced nylon, which is known for its resistance to abrasion, common chemicals, and shocks. It is also extra stiff and features schematic grips. By the way, this handle seems to be an equally important part of the blade, as it is the abode of strippers. It also fits comfortably in your hands.
SOG Kilowatt EL01-CP Specifications
- Origin: Taiwan
- Type: Pocket, folding
- Overall Length: 7.5 inches
- Weight: 3.3 ounces
- Blade Thickness: 0.12 inches
- Blade Length: 3.4 inches
- Closed Length: 4.1 inches
- Edge Type: Straight
- Blade Shape: Clip point
- Blade Steel Type: AUS-8 with a satin finish
- Hardness: 57-58 RC
- Handle Color: Black
- Handle Material: Glass-reinforced nylon
- Belt Clip Type: Fixed
- One-hand Operation: Yes
- Locking Mechanism: Liner lock
- Others: Wire strippers, stripper bar for 12-22 AWG wires, schematic grips, pocket clip, insulator thumb stud, adjustable spring-loaded UTP/wire stripper
- Solid feel
- Sharp out of the box
- Fast stripping
- Remarkable strippers
- Edge retention for long
- Easy to resharpen
- Lose pocket clip (keeps falling) to snatch the clothes
- Need practice for efficient stripping, due to design
- Not for heavy electrical work
- Cannot handle cutting in tight space smoothly
Although not a replacement for a real stripper, this sharp and lightweight pocket knife is ideal for those intending for the neat stripping outcome. It is also reliable for making cables and connectors.