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Tool Review


Cutters with the Tenacity of a Pitbull


Date: 3/15/17
Tackle Type: Tools
Manufacturer: Pitbull Tackle
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Total Score: 8.17 - GREAT

If you fish with braided line at all, you likely share in the frustration of finding a reliable tool to cut it with. The issue is obvious since every tool that has a cutting jaw or snip associated with it usually clearly states that it can cut braid. Don't get us wrong - most of these tools can. But quite often, this new found, easy braid cutting tool last for just a few trips, then it's back to square one searching for something that will hold up to cutting braid over the long haul. Enter the subject of today's review, the Pitbull Cutters by Pitbull Tackle.


Pitbull Cutters Specifications

Material Stainless Steel
Size 5"
Colors Blue & Yellow
Features Micro Serrated Jaws, Secure Grips, Hinged Closure, Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel, Specifically designed for braided line
Origin Designed in California, Manufactured in China
MSRP $19.99

Introducing the Pitbull Cutter.

Impressions: The Pitbull Cutters look like a cross between a pair of needle nose pliers and an electrician's wire cutter/strippers. It's compact at only five inches (5") from tip to end of the handle, and features a spring loaded handle with a lever to hold the tool closed, a rubberized grip for comfort and security, and serrated jaws. The tool is made from stainless steel.


This 5" little tool is designed to do one thing ...

Real World Tests: We've had these pliers since the Fall of 2016 and were really impressed with them at the outset, but need to give them some time over the course of a few trips before writing them up because, as we alluded to earlier, many so called braid cutters putter out after a length of time.

... Cut braid and cut it easily.

Operation: Operation of the Pitbull Cutters is pretty straight forward. Simply slide the lock lever aside and the cutters open nice and wide. A gentle squeeze of the handle actuates the jaws. Now the really interesting thing about these cutters is your braided line - no matter the thickness - can be cut whether you are holding the line taught or not.

The secret is in its stainless steel serrated jaws.

Most cutters require you to at least hold the line taught enough so the braid doesn't slip down between the cutting blades. These Pitbull Cutters don't care. Thanks to that serrated edge, the edge of the blades will catch the line and proceed to slice it as you close the jaws down. The result is a nice, easy cut every single time - pretty impressive

There's a lever that keeps the jaws closed when not in use.

Price & Applications: It should be noted these cutters are effective with braid, nylon monofilament, copolymers, and fluorocarbon, but they are not recommended or even approved for any wire lines. They sell for $19.99 each and are available at Monster Fishing Tackle, a reasonable price to pay for a high quality pair of cutters that hold up well over time.

The handle is a thick, rubber material making it easy to grasp even when your hands or the tool is wet.

There are flashier cutters, and there are more refined pliers with integrated cutters, but there are few that are built as sturdy as the Pitbull Cutters and retail for less than twenty dollars.


These cutters are designed to do one thing really well, and to that end they cut mono, fluorocarbon, and braided superline beautifully.



Pitbull Cutters Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Simple yet effective 8
Performance Cuts braided line of all sizes and tension with ease 10
Price A tad pricey for a single minded tool 7
Features It's all about that stainless steel serrated edge 8
Design (Ergonomics) Compact and easy to carry around 8
Application It's built to do one thing and it does that one thing very very well 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Really easy to operate - Can't cut super close like you can with a pair of nail clippers
+ Compact and fit in your pocket - No hole in the handle to facilitate attachment to a lanyard
+ Rubberized handle is comfortable and easy to grip - Fit in your pocket, but with the pointed tip, we're afraid of poking a hole in our $400 rain bib
+ Bright colors that make it easy to find on your deck  

The Pitbull Cutters are a seemingly simple, yet very effective tool.

Conclusion: Our Pitbull Cutters have held up well over a couple month's use so we're pretty optimistic they're in it for the long haul. They're really compact and easy to carry around - which means they might be easy to loose too. We wish there was a hole on one side of the handles to make it easy to attach a lanyard of some sort, but maybe in future iterations. For now, if you're looking for a reliable, long lasting pair of cutters to assist in your slicing and dicing of braided line, the Pitbull Cutter by Pitbull Tackle is worth some serious consideration.


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