The January edition of Practical Classics Magazine recently tested a range of Diagonal Side Cutters and concluded that the magazine’s ‘Best Budget Buy’ accolade be awarded to the Draper DIY Series 160mm Heavy Duty Diagonal Side Cutter with Soft Grip Handles – Stock No.09403
“These Draper side cutters look rather ugly at jaw level, thanks to irregular machining and rapid-fire finishing. However, these cutters work better than they look. The blades move freely, and although they don’t shut tightly together along their entire length, cuts are clean and complete. Cutting still takes a good amount of squeezing, however, denting the Draper’s cut quality score by one point. The handles are oval in section and fit very well in the hand. Large rubberised inserts extend from just below the top of the handles and wrap round the ends, providing one of the best grips in this test. For less than three quid here’s a set of side cutters that cut well and are comfortable to use.”.
Practical Classics Magazine, January 2013