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Tools For Cutting Braided Fishing Line

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There are plenty of very good reasons to use braided fishing line when kayak angling, but many anglers have been left frustrated by the frayed ends when they cut this multi-stranded line. Unless you want to waste precious time on the water, it is best to have a proper tool at hand to cut this type of line.

Sponsored Post: Braided line offers durability and flexibility, not to mention strength, but this comes at the cost of fraying if not cut properly. Most anglers have their own way of dealing with braided line when it comes to cutting it, but some are definitely more effective than others. For the best results, you can't go wrong with a quality tool that is designed for the job, such as the Neat Freak fishing braided line cutters from Gerber, but this hasn't stopped people from trying cheaper alternatives. 

Using Your Teeth

Trying to use your teeth to sever braided line is one of the worst methods you can try and one that will almost certainly end in failure, not to mention a lot of pain. Some anglers keep their dentists in business by gnawing through mono-filament or fluorocarbon, but attempting this with braid will not work. It may be tempting to leave your tools at home and try to gnaw through braided line with your teeth, but the results will not be pretty.


If you want to go the cheapest possible route, then a pair of scissors might be able to get the job done. However, not all scissors are made the same and you might just find yourself with a broken or dull pair of them after only a few uses. Scissors are also not as easy to stow away safely on a kayak, which can make them a nuisance to deal with. Using cheap scissors can also result in the cut ends fraying very quickly.

Nail Clippers

Nail clippers are cheap, portable and work fairly well on braided line, but can suffer from the same durability issues as scissors. Some anglers have found that toenail clippers are a little more durable than nail clippers, but unfortunately all of these types of clippers were not designed to be used on a kayak. This means that they can easily slip out of your hands when used in wet conditions.

A Knife

Like nail clippers, a knife is also a workable solution for cutting braided line, but can be somewhat cumbersome in a moving kayak. You would need to make sure that your knife is sharp enough to get the job done and that you are able to stow it away safely when not using it. 

Line Cutters

Line cutters are by far the best way to cut braided line as these tools are specifically designed to get the job done in an efficient and safe manner. There are plenty of options to choose from by some of the top brands, but one of the best choices currently on the market is the Gerber Neat Freak Braided Line Cutters. There are a couple of things that set the Gerber line cutters apart from the rest of the pack and after using them you'll never want to go back to any of the less efficient methods or alternatives.

Gerber Neat Freak braided line cutters

To cut braided line with precision you need something that can hold it in place securely and this is exactly what the Gerber Neat Freak braided line cutters do. Gerber has ground micro-serrations into the blade, which means the surface of the blade actual grips the braided line securely. To ensure that you can cut through thick lines with ease Gerber has also designed the blades to be thick enough to provide stable camber, which is something a lot of other cutters lack.



A tool that is efficient is one thing, but if you can couple it with comfort like Gerber has done with the Neat Freak braided line cutter, then you know you have a keeper. To help combat fatigue, they made use of Bearhand Control, which is designed to provide you with greater control and comfort. This is done via the Precision Paddle, which is an extended leverage point for your finger when using the line cutter to cut or while utilizing the split shot crimper. The Neat Freak also provides a natural grip thanks to a well placed and generous forefinger pad. of course, the Gerber Neat Freak braided line cutter also has a full tang construction, so it is durable and allows for the built-in tether point. As an added bonus, Gerber has included a blunt nose tip design for the cutters to provide better safety and a bottle opener for your convenience. 


The bottom line is that there are no shortage of tools and methods to cut braided fishing line, but a lot of them are not worth the risk or hassle. Sticking to a great tool that was specifically designed for the task, such as the Gerber Neat Freak braided line cutter, is definitely the smartest and safest solution. Let us know in the comments or on the forum what tools you use to cut braided fishing line and which methods have been the most efficient for you.

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Last modified on Monday, 10 September 2018 04:01
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