I very briefly mentioned these Midwest Knifti-Cut shears (MW-P657N) in yesterday’s post about Wiss MultiMaster snips. The Knifti-Cut is a compact multi-purpose cutter, and I’m actually a bit surprised at myself for not telling you about them sooner.
These might technically be snips, and not shears, but the absence of a compound-action pivot makes them look and function much more like shears than metal snips. It seems that Midwest couldn’t decide what to call the cutter either, as they describe it as both a shop shear and utility snip.
I bought my Knifti-Cut shears a few years ago at Sears the first time I stumbled upon them, and have never once regretted the purchase. I don’t recall how much they cost at the time, but it was probably in the neighborhood of $14-15. What I do remember is thinking there must have been something wrong with the price, and that I was getting an unusually good bargain.
Midwest continues to manufacture the Knifi-Cut in the USA.
I have used my Knifti-Cut shears to cut everything from rubber to aluminum. I sometimes use them to rough-cut wires, and think I even once used them to cut flower stems. Sure, ordinary metal snips would have worked just as well most times, but the Knifti-Cut is smaller, lighter, and easier to pack away in a tool bag or mobile kit.
The Knifti-Cut cutter has an overall length of 7-1/4″ and 2″ cutting blades. This makes the shears great for mobile tool kits, but I also find myself using them for quick cuts here and there even when larger and more powerful cutters are available.
Sometimes bigger is better, but the Knifti-Cut proves that this isn’t always true.
Midwest deserves a thumbs up for producing decent performing and highly versatile compact shears. They get another thumbs up for somehow being able to retail the tool for ~$16.
While I have not need to buy any new metal-cutting snips in recent years, when the time comes I will probably look at Midwest’s before any other brand’s.