The Best Way to Cut Your Fiber Optics

by Michael Groves

So, what is the best way to prepare fiber optics for the layout?  The best way I have found is to cut the fiber perpendicular to the fiber’s length using a shearing action.  The first tool I used was a wire stripper, which conveniently had shears for cutting.  I then started to use a pair of wire cutters, until my grandson, Austin, declared ‘Oh no Grandad, that will create a squeezed end’.  He was right!!  So, I returned to the shear type and bought a special pair just for cutting fibers.

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